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Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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Love the Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate from Starbucks but want to make your own? Here’s a copycat recipe that keeps for up to a week in the fridge. Simply add milk and serve hot.

  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


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  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 bags of black tea or 2 tablespoons loose black tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 810 cardamom pods, crushed or 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of honey or white sugar (feel free to leave this out if you prefer to sweeten your chai when you make it)


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Prepare the spices and tea by crushing the whole spices like cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and fresh ginger to release their flavors; skip this step if using ground spices.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to carefully add the black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and black peppercorns to the boiling water. Simmer the mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and carefully strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove the tea and spices.
  5. Stir in the honey or sugar while the mixture is still hot to dissolve it easily.
  6. Allow the concentrate to cool to room temperature, then store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.
  7. Serve the chai concentrate by mixing it with an equal amount of milk or a milk alternative, either hot or poured over ice.


  1. The concentrate can be strong, so feel free to dilute it with more water or milk when serving.
  2. I like to use filtered water to avoid any chlorine taste in the concentrate.
  3. I made this concentrate less sweet than the original. If you prefer a sweet chai, increase the sugar in the recipe to ½ cup.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 65
  • Sugar: 12.5 g
  • Sodium: 11.5 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg