Chai Tea

A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail

A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

I’ve been looking around for THE chai tea recipe. But, I’ve come to believe that everyone and their Indian Grandma has their own special recipe. So, I finally decided to just choose one and go with it the best I could. (I found this recipe thanks to my friend Adrienne) My store didn’t have star anise, so I skipped that. Fresh ginger would go bad in my house, so I went with dried. I think you could totally cut back on the sugar in this, but for now, I’ll leave that the way I found it.

This was delish! Fresh and orangey. Fruity and peppy. Spicy and tasty. Yum!

spices for the chai tea: A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

The spices for the chai tea concentrate

Then, to make it even better, I made it into a Dirty Chai Cocktail. Even better! But, wait, what’s a dirty chai? Well, my not-caffeinated-enough-friends, a Dirty Chai or Red Eye Chai is God’s gift to the chai tea. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but it is delish. And, when you can’t decide between your soy chai and a mocha latte, a dirty chai is the clear winner!

It’s a shot of espresso mixed into a chai tea. Now, you could have this as a morning beverage without the bourbon and Kahlua, but where’s the fun in that? (BTW, I’m pretty sure that this is my new favorite cocktail!)

A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

I was inspired by Food 52′s picture as well as their drink

Chai Tea Concentrate
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531 calories
129 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
1215 g
76 g
126 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1215g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 76mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 129g
43%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 126g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
13%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 1/2 cups water
  2. 10 black tea bags
  3. 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  4. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 7 whole cardamom pods
  6. 10 whole cloves
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1 teaspoon orange zest
  10. ½ cup brown sugar
  11. 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  12. 1 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the tea bags, spices and orange zest. Stir to combine, and remove from heat. Let steep 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, and strain out the spices with a fine mesh sieve. Add brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Stir well to combine. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week (if it lasts that long).
  3. Mix concentrate with milk of your choice (dairy, soy, almond, etc.) in about a half-half ratio. You may adjust more or less concentrate to your taste. Chai may be enjoyed warm or iced.
Notes
  1. Makes 4 cups
Adapted from NPR
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protein
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carbs
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Dirty Chai Cocktail
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360 calories
25 g
20 g
5 g
8 g
3 g
372 g
124 g
26 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
372g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg
7%
Sodium 124mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 26g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
29%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chai concentrate
  2. 1 cup milk (any kind from dairy half & half, skim, soy, to almond or rice)
  3. 1 ½ ounce espresso or strong coffee
  4. 1 ½ ounce good bourbon like Bookers or Knob Creek
  5. 1 ½ ounce mocha Kahlua
Instructions
  1. Mix chai concentrate with milk. Add in espresso, bourbon, and Kahlua. Enjoy as a warm beverage or shaken with ice.
Notes
  1. Makes 1 cocktail
Adapted from Food 52
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calories
360
fat
5g
protein
8g
carbs
25g
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bookers bourbon A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

bookers bourbon A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

Ok, I couldn’t decide which picture of the Booker’s I liked better, so I used them both.

Kahlua: A recipe for Chai Tea concentrate as well as a recipe for a Dirty Chai Bourbon Cocktail Life Currents  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net  #chaiTea #cocktail #drink

Mocha flavored Kahlua … yum!

 

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  1. says

  2. says

    I’d chose the Dirty Chai Cocktail! Need my coffee in the am :)

    Happy WW and feel free to stop by and link up!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

  3. says

    Your chai looks awesome, and the dirty chai cocktail sounds really tasty. I just infused some bourbon with coffee, brown sugar and vanilla. I bet it would be a nice variation on your drink. Yum…

  4. says

    Hi,

    I followed you over from Happy Hour Projects. This sounds delicious. I will definitely have to give this a try. I do like a little something extra in my coffee at night while we’re camping :)

    I would like to invite you to share this, and any other posts, on my link party at http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a great weekend.

    Hugs,
    Michelle

  5. says

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. Can’t wait to try this Chai tea.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.

    Michelle

  6. says

    Oooo, this is my husband’s favorite tea! What a great recipe and post!!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us last week on AFW! Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

    Be Well,
    –Amber & AFW Hostesses

  7. says

    I am a huge fan of Chai Tea and put it in everything I can possibly think of, but I never thought to add it to a cocktail before. I love the recipes you’ve shared and will be featuring this post tomorrow in my highlights.

  8. says

    I love chai and appreciate the recipe. You are a corrupting influence… I would have never have thought to spike it! Very nice. Please come by this friday to my blog and share a recipe with us.

  9. says

    This looks amazing! I’ve never made it before but will now. Thank you so much for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. <3 and hugs!

  10. says

    Both of these drinks sound delicious – and I’m not much of a tea drinker at all, so that’s saying something ;) I love the use of so many different spices and flavorings and I’m so glad you decided to share with Made with Love Mondays…

  11. Christina at I Gotta Create! says

    I love chai! Can’t say I’ve tried dirty chai, but it sounds like an interesting option! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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