CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
Simple syrup is a liquefied form of sugar that is often used to sweeten cocktails, teas, coffees, and other cold beverages (no grainy sugar in your drinks). A traditional simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar to water.
Flavored simple syrups, like this chai simple syrup, are a fun way to add pops of flavor to your drinks. This chai simple syrup recipe is infused with the warm and cozy flavors of chai tea and cinnamon. My primary use of this chai simple syrup has been for my Chai Bourbon Cocktail (our favorite winter cocktail recipe!), but has a lot of potential for other mixed drinks! I’ve also used it to sweeten at-home chai lattes, and would like to add it to homemade whipped cream...it’s on the to-do list.
TELL ME ABOUT: CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
Level of difficulty: This simple syrup recipe is very easy. If you can boil water, you can make this chai simple syrup.
Flavor: Chai simple syrup has a very strong and sweet chai tea flavor.
Texture: The consistency of this simple syrup is somewhat thick (like a syrup…). The longer you cook your ingredients, the thicker it will be when cooled.
Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 12 minutes to make chai simple syrup. This includes prep and cooking time.
KEY INGREDIENTS FOR CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
Granulated Sugar: sugar is a necessary ingredient for simple syrups, with granulated sugar being the most common type used for homemade syrups. You can also use raw sugars (like turbinado) for a different variation (my cousin, who is an award-winning mixologist, uses this for her cocktails!) .
Water: water is needed in equal parts to your sugar to make homemade simple syrup.
Cinnamon Sticks: I like to use 2, 3” cinnamon sticks (the smaller sized ones I can get from my local grocery store) in this chai simple syrup recipe. It adds a nice cinnamony warmth without being too overpowering.
Chai Tea: use a good chai tea for your simple syrup as this is the predominant flavor! I use decaffeinated chai tea when making this syrup.
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
Place ingredients in a small saucepan: unwrap tea bags, measure out your ingredients, and go!
Cook ingredients: bring your liquid to a low boil and stir occasionally until your sugar has dissolved. Continue to cook until your mixture has thickened (approximately 10 minutes).
Cool your simple syrup: remove your chai simple syrup from the heat and allow to cool.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge: homemade simple syrup can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING CHAI SIMPLE SYRUP
What kind of tea should I use? Use a good quality chai tea bag for this simple syrup recipe. I prefer to use decaffeinated chai tea when I make this simple syrup.
What can I make with chai simple syrup? Chai simple syrup is one of the main ingredients in my Chai Bourbon Cocktail and has a lot of potential for other mixed drinks! This simple syrup recipe is also great to sweeten homemade chai lattes as it enhances the chai flavor.
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