You know the seasons are changing when your drink of choice shifts from iced coffee to warm chai tea lattes. And it just so happens that making a restaurant-worthy chai mix at home is totally doable. More importantly, it fills your entire kitchen with the scents of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg… there is nothing more festive than that!

Making a chai concentrate is a great way to go because it lasts for an entire week, and all of your friends are going to want some. This year, we decided to jar some up and give them out as homemade holiday gifts. It’s something that’s personal, useful and extremely delicious. Here’s how it’s done:

1 vanilla bean, split in half
10 whole cloves
8 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
2 whole star anise pods
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp fresh orange zest
2″ fresh ginger, chopped
4 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut sugar
8 bags of black tea, tied together
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp raw honey


  1. On a cheesecloth, add: vanilla bean, cloves, cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, nutmeg, orange zest and ginger. Tie together and set aside.
  2. Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, add: coconut sugar, black tea, cinnamon sticks and bag of spices.
  3. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Off heat, remove spices, cinnamon sticks and tea. Add raw honey and mix well.
  5. Allow to cool before bottling.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 7 days. To prepare, mix equal parts concentrate and milk over medium-heat until steamy.