I am a huge fan of chai, and till now i have only used the powder version by arcadia which i discovered at the Good Food & Wine show 2009. I dont trust any cafes to make any drinkable chai lattes (except for Badde Manors in Glebe).
When i came across this link i just knew i had to try it, and it was so simple to set up. After buying a few small containers of spices from Woolworths (i already had condensed milk in the pantry) i excitedly put it altogether & chucked it in the fridge.
The next day i brewed a cup of black tea (i used Dilmah) & added four heaped teaspoons (not the recommended 2, i have a major sweet tooth!)
The result? - a sweet yummy spiced cup of chai drink that was beautiful to sip on, and later on refridgerated becomes a refreshing afternoon pick me up! So here is the recipe, i hope you can try it out- and let me know what you think :O)
Chai Concentrate Syrup
1 can (400ml /14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
In a plastic container mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the spices until everything is well combined. Cover and store in the fridge overnight.
To use, brew a cup of black tea as usual (or an English Breakfast) and add syrup to taste: two teaspoons for a slightly sweet and spicy cup, or a tablespoon or more for sweeter, milkier tea. If your spices are coarsely ground you can add the syrup directly to a teapot and pour the tea through a small strainer.
note- i accidentally bought whole cloves - oops! I wont name any names but - its all YOUR fault (you know who you are)