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Simple Chai Syrup – Homemade Tea Concentrate Recipe

Homemade chai syrup is an easy shortcut to your favorite chai-flavored drinks. Made in just 15 minutes, this concentrate allows you to enjoy your favorite chai tea lattes, iced teas, and masala chai in mere seconds. Not only that, you can even pour it over your breakfast waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.

Terra cotta tray with chai latte and spiced simple syrup in glass jar.

This is such a smooth and flavorful syrup for fall and winter as well as spring and summer. Add it to your favorite fall coffee recipes, or drizzle the syrup over plain Greek yogurt for a healthy spring snack. Up the flavor of iced coffee or top vanilla or chai ice cream during summer.

Making this chai syrup recipe opens up a whole new possibility of instant gratification. With just a few seconds and a splash of hot or cold milk, you can transform an ordinary drink into a delicious, better-than-Starbucks chai tea latte.

The best part about homemade chai tea concentrate is its convenience and shelf life. It can easily last anywhere from four to five weeks in the refrigerator. Imagine how much time and effort you will save by not steeping the tea every single time once you have your own chai concentrate.

Terra cotta tray with latte in white mug with saucer and simple syrup in glass jar.

Everyday Simple Approach

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  • Simple ingredients – Tea bags, sugar, and vanilla extract
  • Quick prep and cooking time – By starting with this chai simple syrup recipe, you can make your chai lattes in less than a few minutes
  • Amazing flavors – Spicy, sweet, vanilla
  • Family-friendly and kid-approved
  • Budget-friendly – Cheaper than the Starbucks chai syrup
  • Basic kitchen equipment – You only need a saucepan and a bottle to store the syrup
  • Easy-to-follow directions – Four simple steps
  • Minimal cleanup
Chai tea simple syrup in recycled glass storage jar with star anise in foreground.

How to Make Chai Tea Syrup

To make this concentrate, you only need a handful of everyday ingredients and ten minutes of your time.

Raw ingredients for chai simple syrup in individual white bowls.

Ingredients You Need

  • Chai tea bags – a shortcut to infusing all the best flavors of chai tea
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar lends a caramel flavor. Light brown sugar is naturally lighter, while dark brown sugar will give a deeper caramel flavor and color.
  • White sugar 
  • Vanilla extract

Ingredient Substitutions

Even though this is such a simple recipe, you might be missing one of the key ingredients. Review the recommendations here for quick and clever substitutions.

Here are suggested substitutions:

  • Chai tea bags – If you do not have chai tea bags, use a loose-leaf chai tea mix or a combination of black tea and DIY mix of chai spices. To make a spice blend with whole spices, mix ten cardamom pods, one cinnamon stick, six whole cloves, two star anise pods, half a teaspoon of whole black peppercorn, and half a teaspoon of fennel seed.
  • Brown sugar – Choose either light or dark brown sugar. You can also use coconut sugar for a similar flavor and look.
  • White sugar – Substitute this with options like stevia or sugar-free sweeteners like monk fruit sweetener.
  • Vanilla extract – Almond extract is a great budget-friendly vanilla substitute. 

Variations

Want to add your own spin? Make these fun variations and stretch this recipe into more delightful renditions.

Try these Chai tea syrup variations:

  • Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Concentrate – You can use pumpkin spice-flavored chai tea bags or add a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to your brew.
  • Caffeine-Free Chai Syrup – Use decaffeinated chai tea bags.
  • Citrus Chai Tea Syrup – Use fresh or dried orange peel or lemon peel to add a subtle citrus flavor to your simple syrup.
Simple syrup in glass jar on crochet table runner with whole star anise pods.

Step-By-Step Instructions

You can make this concentrate in under 15 minutes. However, you do have to let the syrup cool completely before putting it away in the refrigerator.

Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong!

Step 1: Brew the tea

Add the water to a small saucepot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. 

Rip open the tea bags and add the tea blend to the pot.

Discard the bags. Simmer for five minutes.

Step 2: Add the sugar

Strain and discard the tea. 

Return the water to the pot and add the sugars over medium heat. Whisk continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved. 

Bring the liquid to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes.

Step 3: Cool and store

Remove the syrup from the heat and set aside. Let it cool slightly before adding the vanilla extract.

Allow it to cool completely before storing it in a bottle or jar.

Chai tea syrup cooling before being stored in glass jar.

Expert Tips

  • Taste and adjust! I always recommend tasting while cooking so you can get to know the dish and adjust the seasoning as you like best.
  • Avoid a bitter infusion by simmering the tea for no more than 5 minutes.
  • The thickness of the simple syrup can vary based on personal preference. If you prefer a thicker syrup, continue simmering and reducing the volume for a bit longer until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Double the recipe for a larger batch. If you love chai and want to have a ready supply of syrup on hand, consider doubling or even tripling the recipe. This way, you can store the extra syrup in the refrigerator and have it on hand whenever you crave chai flavor.
  • Use this spice-infused syrup as a substitute for maple syrup in recipes like waffles and maple pumpkin pie.
Chai syrup in jar with wooden spoon in white geometric bowl behind.

How to Store This Syrup

This syrup is a great time saver. You can make a hot chai latte and iced chai at home better than any coffee shop.

I store the chai syrup in a clean, labeled, air-tight mason jar or a squeezy bottle. A transparent bottle helps, so I can see what’s inside and how much is left. 

The syrup can last for four to five weeks in the refrigerator.

Can I make Chai Syrup ahead of time?

Yes absolutely. That is the reason why we love this syrup. Make it ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Can I freeze Chai Syrup?

You can also freeze the syrup for up to three months. Instead of freezing it in one solid block, I like to freeze it in ice cube trays for smaller portions. It’s especially handy for making cold chai latte and blending in smoothies.

Terra cotta tray over crochet table runner with latte, simple syrup, and star anise.

How to Serve Chai Tea Syrup  

  • Iced Chai Latte – Fill a cup with ice, pour milk of your choice, dairy or non-dairy, and add about two tablespoons of chai tea syrup. Give it a good stir, taste, and serve immediately! 
  • Hot Chai Latte – Steam milk, mix in syrup, and froth it by whisking briskly by hand, or with an electric frother or the milk frothing attachment on an espresso machine. If you love lattes, you should also make chocolate chai latte and pumpkin spice chai latte.
  • Instant Hot Tea – Add one cup of milk and two tablespoons of syrup in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave for one minute on high and serve hot. Or heat on the stovetop.
  • Quick Ice Tea – A great thirst quencher on hot summer days. Mix lemon juice, syrup, a few slices of lemon, water, and ice in a glass or pitcher. You could also add chopped-up fruits like strawberries and peaches to the mix.
  • On breakfast – Bored of your regular maple syrup? Add this tea and vanilla-flavored concentrate over your pancakes and oatmeal instead.
  • Cocktails and drinks – Add this instead of regular simple syrup and make your own chai tea old-fashioned or chai dirty martini. You could also use this syrup to flavor your favorite winter cocktails and eggnog.

More Tea-Inspired Recipes To Try

If you make this chai tea syrup recipe, please leave a review. I appreciate each 5-star rating and review comment! 

Terra cotta tray with latte and simple syrup cropped square.

Chai Simple Syrup – Homemade Chai Concentrate

Jessica Haggard
Homemade chai syrup is an easy shortcut to your favorite chai-flavored drinks. Made in just ten minutes, this concentrate allows you to enjoy your favorite chai tea lattes, iced teas, and masala chai in mere seconds. Not only that, you can even pour it over your breakfast waffles, pancakes, and oatmeal.
4.99 from 58 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ounces; 4 (2-tablespoon) servings
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 4 chai tea bags or four tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Add the water to a small saucepot over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Rip open the tea bags and add the tea blend to the pot. Discard the bags. Simmer for five minutes.
  • Strain the tea. Return the water to the pot and add the sugars over medium heat. Whisk until completely dissolved. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Let cool slightly before adding vanilla extract. Set aside to cool completely before transferring it to a bottle or jar for storage.

Notes

  • See the post above for suggested ingredient substitutions.
  • Taste and adjust! I always recommend tasting while cooking so you can get to know the dish and adjust the seasoning as you like best.
  • Avoid a bitter infusion by simmering the tea for no more than 10 minutes.
  • The thickness of the simple syrup can vary based on personal preference. If you prefer a thicker syrup, continue simmering and reducing the volume for a bit longer until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Double the recipe for a larger batch. If you love chai and want to have a ready supply of syrup on hand, consider doubling or even tripling the recipe. This way, you can store the extra syrup in the refrigerator and have it on hand whenever you crave chai flavor.
Serve:
  • Iced Chai Latte – Fill a cup with ice, pour milk of your choice, dairy or non-dairy, and add about two tablespoons of chai tea syrup. Give it a good stir, taste, and serve immediately.
  • Hot Chai Latte – Steam milk, mix in syrup, and froth it by whisking briskly by hand, or with an electric frother or the milk frothing attachment on an espresso machine.
  • Instant Hot Tea – Add one cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of syrup in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave for 1 minute on high and serve hot. Or heat on the stovetop.
  • Quick Ice Tea – Mix lemon juice, syrup, a few slices of lemon, water, and ice in a glass or pitcher. You could also add chopped-up fruits like strawberries and peaches.
  • On breakfast – Substitute for maple syrup on pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.
  • Cocktails and drinks – Add this instead of regular simple syrup.
Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four weeks. Freeze in ice cube trays for up to three months.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 49gSodium: 10mgSugar: 47g
Keyword chai simple syrup, chai syrup, chai tea concentrate, chai tea syrup
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Recipe Rating




Anne

Monday 24th of July 2023

This was so good! The spice blend was amazing, and it added such depth to my morning coffee.

Jessica Haggard

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Thanks for sharing your experience, Anne!

Shilpa

Thursday 20th of July 2023

Chai syrup comes in so handy for a quick and easy drink. Love it.

Jessica Haggard

Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Quick and easy is the key :) Thanks for the review.

Ellen

Sunday 16th of July 2023

What a great recipe! My son and I both used it in our oatmeal and it was delicious. Definitely a syrup to keep on hand.

Sharon

Sunday 16th of July 2023

This syrup had such a lovely balance of flavors! I am I big fan of recreating these Starbucks-type coffee house drinks at home. Such a treat!

Jessica Haggard

Monday 17th of July 2023

Thanks, Sharon. Me too. Homemade is always the best.

Jennifer Osborn

Saturday 15th of July 2023

This was a great tea recipe. I’ll be making it again. Thank you.

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