Spiced Chai Tea Concentrate with Bee-Happy Honey

We were thrilled to be recipients of a jar of honey from the first harvest of Bee-Happy Honey of Boulder, Colorado.  In fact it couldn’t have arrived at a better time  for me.  Like many people at this time of year I’ve been a little under the weather with a sore throat that I can’t seem to shake. This jar of Rocky Mountain wildflower honey was part of a thoughtful gift box of goodies from friends who have started keeping bees at their home in Boulder, Colorado.  My first thought was to stir a generous spoonful of honey into a hot mug of tea, open up a good book and get back in bed.  But, then I started thinking about my blog and how I’ve never posted a hot drink sweetened with artisanal honey especially from Ginger’s “Girls” first harvest.  I actually started to feel better, isn’t the power of positive thinking amazing?  I searched for a hot drink using honey in wonderful little cookbook I have called, Covered In Honey by Mani Niall and there it was, a recipe for homemade Chai.  I’m probably late to jump on the ‘it’s so good homemade’ Chai Tea Concentrate bandwagon, but better later than never.  I adapted the recipe to include spices and a tea blend that I enjoy.  Thanks Ginger for the honey and the inspiration.

Ingredients and Directions for Spiced Chai Concentrate with Bee-Happy Honey
makes 12 servings

6 cups water
2 coin size slices fresh ginger, slightly crushed
2 sticks cinnamon
2 strips orange zest
12 whole cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
10 whole cloves
2  whole star anise pods
1/4 teaspoon pink peppercorns, crushed
3 heaping tablespoons loose Orange Pekoe Tea, I used Peet’s Masala Chai tea blend
2-4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup unpasteurized local honey, I used Bee-Happy honey

Bring the water to boil in a large pot.  Add all the spices, orange zest and loose tea.  Turn off the heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes.  Strain using a fine strainer, add the honey and brown sugar(to taste).  Enjoy your concentrated Chai tea by mixing one part tea with one part milk, I used soy milk. Store your Chai tea concentrate in the refrigerator for 2 weeks if it lasts that long!

This past week I was honored to be the featured blogger on America’s Test Kitchen for my Meyer Lemon Rosemary Bar Cookies, just wanted to share what a thrill it was to be contacted and congratulated on my Twitter by America’s Test Kitchen!

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  1. Sounds awesome, Patty! I've never made my own chai concentrate. And congratulations–I'm so happy for your ATK accomplishment! Brava!!! P.S. Your friend's honey label is SO cute. Just love it!

  2. Exquisito y refrescante Paty es una delicia éste concentrado,luce absolutamente bello,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  3. OMG! I love tea & honey. It never occurred to me to try to make this. This sounds amazing. I truly hope you're feeling better.

    And, congratulations! You're becoming quite famous!

  4. Delicious..Awesome Recipe


  5. Hope you feel all better now Patty. I never have thought to make my own chai tea. Wow. That honey sounds delicious. You know good honey can make your drink taste so much better!

  6. This such a great tea and now I can make it myselfthanks to you.

  7. I'd love to try this! I must be late to the party, too. I'll have to dig out a catalog, though. No store in this part of the backwoods would have all these spices. Will do! Your beautiful photographs convinced me!

  8. I am also late to the chai concentrate party and I don't understand why because I love chai spiced tea. I sure wish I had a jar of the honey from beautiful Boulder, CO to put in my tea!

    Congrats on the test kitchen honor!!

  9. Patty-Congratulations on the honor and the post for your amazing low-fat beautiful lemon bars with rosemary. Not only was the recipe a winner, but the stunning photos, as well! That's a great honor from a well known source:DDD

    Love the spiced chai tea…will cure all ailment, especially with the honey, and not just any ordinary honey. Beautiful gift, as well!

  10. I love chai and had been wondering about a good recipe since I invested in cardamom pods. I hope you had a great time on Saturday at the stadium. I cannot even imagine what it was like. Oh well… my Brees jersey gets a break until next September.

  11. Homemade (that seems the wrong word – locally sourced?) honey sounds so decadent and lovely. I don't think I've ever had any that wasn't store bought.. how sad! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better, hope the positive thinking and honey both keep working!

  12. I love Chai! My recipe is a bit different, but I am really loving your variation. Specially the pink peppercorns. I'm sure it tasted heavenly with that special honey. Glad you shared the recipe with us. When I have a sore throat I like to make lemon ginger honey tea. That honey would make it really nice. Feel better Patty :)

  13. Congrats on the feature, and what a beautiful post! Gorgeous photos.

  14. Very exciting news!!! Your posts are always wonderful…I can see why ATK selected you! And this tea looks fabulous…perfect for soothing a scratchy throat!

  15. Chia tea is such a comforting drink! We're having freezing rain and cold weather today…a cup of this would be simply wonderful! Congrats on the feature for America's Test Kitchen!

  16. Congrats on receiving the honey, it's a beautiful jar of honey too! I still have a raspy voice from my bout of laryngitis. I was excited to find some local honey, not just from Florida but Sarasota right where I live! Perfect to fight these allergies. It is so interesting finding honey from all over! I love your chai spice blend, I will have to try it. I haven't mixed my chai blend yet this year. Congrats on your featured post too!

  17. I usually drink my tea plain and pure….but I would really love to try your spiced chai with honey.

  18. PS…hope your gang likes the pb brownies. A friend made them for our book club and they were a hit (always a big relief when one of your recipes is well received :)).

  19. Lovely post – making chai is a great use for such a special batch of honey.

    I've nominated you for the Liebster blog award over on my site, by the way.

  20. I can just imagine the wonderful aroma of that tea, nice!

  21. Yum Patty, this looks like it could cure most anything that ails you!

  22. I love chai tea but I've never made my own and I think I have most of the ingredients needed already. I don't have your Rocky Mountain honey, though, but maybe it will turn out half as good. Hope you're feeling better by now, Patty!

  23. Sublime, aromatic and pure. What a lovely cup of tea.

  24. When I get a chance to watch America's Test Kitchen…it always reveals itself as indispensable to my ongoing culinary journey. Patty, I'm absolutely thrilled for you. I can only imagine the feeling you got when you were picked. Brava!!!

    Wait for me…I'm getting my book. Are you getting my serving of tea?
    Lovely and comforting recipe.

    Have a great weekend,

  25. I do enjoy my chai tea. This looks like a wonderful concentrate, and the honey would be a perfect touch!

  26. I LOVE honey. Seriously I can (and sometimes do) eat it by the spoonful. What a great gift, and what a perfect use for it!! I hope you are feeling all better by the time you read this comment. : )

  27. Congratulations on your feature :) This sounds like a delightful honey and most assured wonderful tea! The power of positive thought is indeed amazing,with that I hope your sore throat dissipates quickly!

  28. Wow. These pictures are just great. I can feel the fragrance of herbal tea in the aroma. Lovely.


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