Thursday, February 21, 2013

made at home: chai concentrate

   The Midwest was awaken this morning by a snow storm (yes, there was even thunder to be heard!) this morning in late February. Luckily, for myself, all of my classes were canceled and I did not have to nanny... which meant I had the day to sit at home. I do not even remember the last time I was at home an entirely of a day. It has been rather nice.
   I thought, what a better way to sip on something warm then perfecting my chai concentrate recipe. This recipe is about a 1 part chai to 1 part milk ratio (I used rice milk, but any kind will work!). This recipe yields about 2 1/2 cups (which was just perfect for me today!), but you can easily double it to make more to store in the fridge for later use.

Chai Concentrate
3 cups of water
3 Earl Gray teabags (mine were from Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon allspice, ginger, and nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla abstract 

(mix together brown sugar with spices, while boiling water in a medium sized pot.) 

(add spice/sugar mixture and teabags, then try to simmer for 20 minutes  let the chai cool, then use a strainer to move the liquid into a container for keeping.) 

   Cheers everyone! Now I am heading back to spend the rest of my snow day with my sewing machine. Readers, how do you spend snow days? 


  1. You look so cute and cosy :) Wish it would hurry and warm up x

  2. It rarely snows where I live, so if there's a snow day, I'll spend it outside! :) And then tea is always nice on super cold days, too! Stay warm! <3

  3. uh! i hope you're okay. i haven't seen a snow, so i couldn't imagine how thunder in a snow storm.

    looks like you have a warming tea there.

  4. mmm I could go for some of that Chai right now, it's cold in my house!!
    cute blog :) come check out my ~giveaway~ if you have time,

  5. oh wow, your blog and style is so lovely, dear!!! Very nice and inspiring here :)

  6. love thıs coat and ur style!

  7. Gorgeous pictures Lindsey - you look great in your coat (but crucially, you also look cosy!)
    The chai sounds delicious!

  8. That sounds and looks amazing! Love the second picture, and love the recipe!

  9. These pictures are so sweet, as is your blog header!

  10. hooray for a day of no school or work! enjoy :)

  11. thunder snow!! On snow days I like to drink hot tea, too :)

  12. Love that fur snood and you look so cozy out in the winter weather with a cup of chai. Thanks for the recipe, definitely going to try it! xo

  13. lovely post, very cute and cozy! :)

  14. Ahh, I absolutely must try this, haven't had a cup in forever!! It sounds so delicious, thanks for sharing :)

    <3 Megan

  15. Love that coat you're wearing here :) I will also have to try out that recipe for the chai concentrate. I am currently going through the Trader Joe's powder mix like crazy!!


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