Chai Tea Syrup – condensed milk spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, salt, white pepper, and vanilla bean seeds! Mix a couple of teaspoons with black tea to give you coffee house goodness in your own home!
Can I just tell you that I’m addicted to Chai Tea and have been for quite some time now. It’s one of those things that I want to try it whenever we go to a new coffeehouse. And at the same time, I don’t want to for fear I’ll be given a really crappy cup and it will forever ruin my taste for Chai tea.
What can I say, I’m spoiled. hee hee
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I’ve been searching the interweb for ways to make the spice mix at home because I love when I can have these pre-made mixes and don’t have to spend money on them outside the home. Like my Homemade Taco Seasoning.
I originally saw this on Food52.com and knew I had to try it.
*NOTE: I used freshly grated nutmeg, but next time I’ll use the ground because the flakes were just too big for my liking.
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- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
- Into a medium bowl, pour the can of condensed milk. Add all of the spices, including the vanilla bean seeds and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour entire contents into a jar that has a lid that will fit tightly. Place it into the refrigerator when not using and it will keep for up to six months.
- When serving, mix one to three spoonfuls into a cup of black tea, depending on personal taste.
It smells incredible!
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and this Homemade Chai Tea Syrup earned 3 1/2 rolling pins. It was very, very tasty! I really don’t feel the need to go out and spend an exorbitant amount of money on Chai Tea now since I can make it at home!
The only things I’ll change next time was exchanging the freshly ground nutmeg for ground nutmeg. Plus, decrease the white pepper to either 1/8 of a teaspoon or add just a pinch.
There were plenty of spices floating around in the cup and especially at the bottom that having those larger bits of freshly grated nutmeg were not too appealing. Not something I want as the last taste in my mouth from a cup of really good tea – a mouthful of spices to swallow.
Also, the white pepper was just a bit too much for me, so I think I’d tone that down. I’ve got a BIG announcement coming up in the next few days. So, be sure to watch for it!! I’m really excited about it and I hope you will be, too!!