Chai Syrup

This homemade chai syrup by Lorainne Elliot over at Not Quite Nigella is the perfect afternoon brew. Treat yourself to a cup alongside one of these Caramel Oat Bites for some truly tasty time out.

Homemade Chai Syrup; Photo: Not Quite Nigella



  • 5 cups water
  • 10 black teabags or 10 teaspoons looseleaf black tea
  • 1/3 cup sugar or honey (or more or less depending on how sweet you like it) – I used brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla essence)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods, crushed to release seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Bring all ingredients to boil in a saucepan and then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain in a fine sieve and leave to cool. Decant into bottles or jars to store in the fridge.
  3. Mix with hot milk according to how strong you like it.

Makes 3 cups of syrup (6-8 cups of chai) | Prep: 5 minutes | Cooks: 30 minutes


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