Enjoy the chai tea flavor in your coffee, on your pancakes or in your desserts. Chai syrup is super versatile & easy to make. This homemade chai simple syrup recipe show you how to make a a syrup packed with warming spices to make your favorite drinks Starbucks style!
- Why you will love this recipe
- What is masala chai tea?
- Ingredients needed for chai simple syrup
- How to make chai tea spiced syrup
- Storage & Shelf Life
- How to use chai simple syrup?
- Frequently asked questions
- More recipes to try
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Why you will love this recipe
- Simple ingredients
- Unique flavor
This recipes combines all the soothing flavors of a masala chai tea into an easy to make simple syrup. Making flavored simple syrup only requires 3 simple simple
What is masala chai tea?
In this recipe we infuse a basic simple syrup recipe with the warming flavors of masala chai tea to create a unique simple syrup. But what exactly is chai tea?
"Masala" simply translates to spices and "chai" means tea. So chai tea would mean tea tea. It just became a habit in the western culture to call masala chai simply chai tea.
Masala chai is a milky, rich tea infused with a mixture of black tea with various spices like ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. The tea is the perfect combination of smooth and spicy. The bitterness of the spices is getting balanced out by the added sugar. Every spice blend is a bit different, add the ones you like or look up some recipes when making the blend yourself.
Due to the many spices added to the tea it has many health benefits and is perfect to drink while being sick.
Ingredients needed for chai simple syrup
This simple syrup recipe only needs 3 ingredietns:
- Water: The liquid component that thins out the syrup and makes it pourable.
- Sugar: The second ingredient needed to make any simple syrup to get the thick syrup consistency.
- Masala Chai Tea: A blend of black tea and warming spices.
You can make chai simple syrup with tea bags or loose tea. Use a masala chai tea mix, often referred to spiced tea on the package, or make your own by mixing black tea leaves with your choice of spices. You can also get a masala spice mix and add that together with the black tea.
How to make chai tea spiced syrup
Making chai simple syrup is super simple. With only 3 ingredients it is ready in no time.
To a medium sauce pan add the water.
To the same pot add the sugar.
Bring everything to a boil while stirring till the sugar has dissolved.
Remove the pot from the heat.
Sprinkle in the chai tea and let the mixture steep for at least 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a clean glass container using a sieve to remove the tea leaves and spices. Use a funnel to make the pouring easier.
Replace the white sugar with a brown sugar to get a more caramel like flavor.
Add some vanilla extract to add some more flavor.
Use only masala chai spice and omit the black tea if you do not want it in your syrup.
Storage & Shelf Life
Keep your homemade chai syrup in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Make sure to use a clean jar or bottle to prevent it from spoiling quickly. As long as the syrup still smells good and does not show any mold or is cloudy it is still good to use.
The shelf life can be expanded by using sterilized bottles and adding ¼ teaspoon of citric acid to the hot syrup. You will be able to keep it fresh for up to 6 months that way.
You can also freeze your syrup to have it on hand at all times. Simply fill into an ice cube tray and freeze till solid. You can then transfer them to a zip lock back or simply keep in the tray. Use them instead of ice cubes in your iced coffee or let it come to room temperature.
How to use chai simple syrup?
There are endless ways to use a simple syrup. This chai infused syrup will add an extra special flavor to your drinks, desserts and breakfast!
Coffee: Use this chai spiced simple syrup in any coffee. It is especially good as a chai latte or in iced coffees like an iced shaken espresso. Who needs Starbucks when you can make an even better drink at home?
Tea: Try the chai tea simple syrup in your tea to add some extra flavor.
Desserts: Add the syrup to any dessert. Use it for your cake layers, pour it over your ice cream or drizzle it on pie.
Breakfast: Up your breakfast game with a chai syrup! Enjoy on your pancakes, waffles, oat meal or your yogurt bowl. A little drizzle is all you will need.
Cocktails: Get creative and add a unique flavor to your cocktails.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Does simple syrup go bad?
A: Yes! Simple syrups usually are good for up to 3 weeks when stored in a clean bottle in the fridge. The shelf life can be expanded when the bottle gets sterilized before pouring the syrup into it and by using citric acid. To keep the syrup over a longer time period simply freeze it.
Q: Does chai syrup have tea in it?
A: This recipe indeed does have tea in it. We use a already mixed chai tea blend or black tea with chai spices. However, the black tea can be omitted and simply the spices can be used.
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Masala Chai Syrup
- 1 sauce pan
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Masala Chai Tea use a prepared mix or make your own
- In a medium sauce pan mix the water and sugar.
- Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir the the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the tea with the spices. Let steep for about 5 minutes.
- Strain the mixture trough a sieve into a clean bottle or jar with a tight lid.
- Let cool and store in the fridge.
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