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Sweet and Spicy Chai Latte


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Sweet and Spicy Chai Latte

I developed this Chai Concentrate/Chai Latte with the aid of no less than 5 online recipes as a guide. It is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. Make the concentrate each week and then enjoy your latte whenever you need a little bit of warming comfort.


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min


2 1/2 cups Chai Concentrate - 3 (1 1/2-cup) Chai Lattes


    For Concentrate

    • 4 cups water
    • 8 black tea bags
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 10 whole cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 2 pinches nutmeg
    • Rind of 1/2 a large orange
    • 6 whole black peppercorns

    For Latte:

    • Cinnamon sticks
    • Chai concentrate
    • Milk of your choice (dairy, soy or nut based)
    • Ground cinnamon
    • Honey, optional


    To prepare concentrate: Combine water, tea, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, rind, and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 10 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth, pressing and squeezing out all liquid from the tea bags. Store concentrate in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    To assemble latte. Place cinnamon stick in a tea glass or mug and combine equal parts warm Chai Concentrate with steamed milk. Dust with ground cinnamon and sweeten with additional honey if desired.


    About Jamie Geller


    Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




    18 Responses to Sweet and Spicy Chai Latte

    1. avatar says: Rachel b

      I’m going to make this, but won’t the tea get all bitter and stewy if I cook it that long?

      • I tested this with various cooking times and I found the time above to yield a nice strong, full bodied and full flavored concentrate. If you are concerned you can just bring it to a boil and then simmer covered for 20 – 30 minutes. (Taste it after 20 and see how you like it). Note that this will yield more “concentrate” at least 3 cups worth.

        • avatar says: Rachel B

          To report back, I made this for shabbos and it was great. Not bitter at all. It will be in our regular rotation! Thanks from a fellow RBS-er.

          • YAY YAY YAY!!! Thanks neighbor! Can you please give it a star rating (you can do so just under the recipe).

    2. avatar says: shulamuna

      Wissotsky makes a chai tea. It comes in two flavors, rose chai and masala chai.

    3. avatar says: Hindy

      Chai is my favorite! Thanks for sharing this homemade recipe!

    4. avatar says: dena

      I alternate between Stash and Tazo chai teas (both kosher … I think Stash might have an OU-P version), depending upon my mood. A little honey, a little skim evap milk, and I’m in heaven!

    5. avatar says: Daria

      I first learned about mild chai in India, where it is sooo good. Now my very favorite is the Bengal Spice Tea by Celestial Seasonings. I make it with a Vanilla Soy Milk and it is all so naturally sweet, no sweeteners needed. It is so yummy, I drink it all day long, and always take teabags with me when I travel.

      • I always have green tea bags in my purse (even though they have green tea everywhere — I guess I just fear that I will be somewhere and NEED it lol!). Thanks for letting us know you like the Celestial Seasonings brand.

    6. avatar says: EstiK

      I’ve been looking for an excuse to add cardamom to my spice cabinet. Looks like this might just be a good reason!

      • Its certainly one of MANY good reasons! I also have Cardamom Cookies in my new book JOY of KOSHER http://amzn.to/1aVQEOi and a Bombay Salmon using cardamom in my 2nd book QUICK & KOSHER Meals in Minutes… like I said, soooo many good reasons.

    7. Wissotsky’s chai masala and rose chai are pretty good, but I think Pompadour’s is better, though a bit expensive. I definitely want to try making your concentrate – thanks

    8. avatar says: webpage

      omg, thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I get green tea at the market! Very Mind Blowing!

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