Spicy Chai Syrup for Homemade Lattes June 21, 2016 12:15

Making Homemade Syrup for Chai Lattes!

I love a good chai latte. No better way to warm the soul on a cool ‘June-uary’ day.

Lately, however, I’ve been becoming extravagant. I’d rather not dwell on how many several hundreds of dollars I’ve spent at my local coffee house. Enough to make me cry cinnamon-flavoured tears, no doubt.

So I’ve stepped up to the fantastic challenge of being a mature and responsible adult. No longer shall I waste billions of dollars on chai lattes; rather, I shall make my own from scratch, with my own sweat and blood and tears and also perhaps some sugar and spicy things.

Upon some internet perusal, I acquired this recipe for chai syrup. It is as follows:

  • 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)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 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


herbs, sugar, and spices for homemade chai syrup

The idea is that you’d mix the syrup into milk to emulate the deliciousness of a coffee shop chai latte.

Here is the process. It is fairly straightforward.

Step 1:

Toss all of the ingredients into a pot.

all the beautiful components of a homemade chai syrup

Step 2:

Bring the contents to a boil. If you’re after a gooey syrup consistency, let it reach 110 to 112 °C. Then, turn the heat down and simmer for fifteen minutes or so, until the mix is dark and strongly aromatic.

to make gooey chai syrup: bring the spices, sugar and water to 110 - 112 °C

Step 3:

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain all the chunky bits out through a fine sieve of some sort (in this case a du-rag).

straining chai syrup, for use in homemade chai lattes

Step 4:

Funnel the syrup into a container of your choosing. I like the swing-top bottles because they make everything look sophisticated. You could fill them with cheese whiz and they’d still look sophisticated.

funneling spicy chai syrup into a swing-top bottle

Step 5:

You’re done! Pour it into milk, and enjoy.

making a chai latte with homemade chai syrup!

The syrup will last a couple of weeks if refrigerated – if you take care not to guzzle it too quick!

spicy chai syrup for homemade lattes

By Tarras Adams