Chai Syrup

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This chai syrup has the most lovely Indian spices and adds a beautiful warming flavor to tea and coffee. It’s easy to make and will create a cozy cuppa during the cold winter months or a delicious iced coffee in the summer!

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About this Chai Syrup Recipe

One of my most favorite things during the fall is the use of all of my favorite warming spices. Anything that contains clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, star anise, or ginger is in my book as a cozy recipe!

It’s the whole reason why I love homemade pumpkin spice lattes and why chai muffins are baked on repeat by the time October comes around. And it’s also the main reason why I will never go through fall without this delicious chai syrup recipe.

Loaded with the most classic chai spices, the easy simple syrup can help you create anything from a cozy dirty chai latte to a fancy cup of afternoon tea. And trust me, homemade chai syrup is way better than anything you can get in a grocery store.

This simple homemade syrup will quickly become your most used simple syrup around the fall and winter months. I mean, who doesn’t like a nice chai tea latte when there’s crunchy orange and brown leaves falling to the ground! It’s a picturesque Hallmark movie moment.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

There’s just so much to love about this tasty homemade chai syrup. It far outweighs any other chai concentrate or chai syrup I’ve ever tried:

  • Wrap up a fresh bottle of chai syrup or tie a bow around it — it’s a wonderful gift to give to friends and family. Especially those who love a nice cozy drink.
  • Anyone can make this easy recipe. Just follow the simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll have homemade simple syrup on hand before you know it.
  • Add loads of flavor to desserts, drinks, and so much more with this easy simple syrup. It’s got all of the bold spices you know and love and is sweetened perfectly with sugar.

Tools & equipment

To make this easy syrup, you’ll either need a tea kettle or a pot to boil water in. You will also need a large glass measuring cup or a heat safe bowl in which to steep the tea and mix in the sugar.

Make sure you’ve got a spoon to mix everything together and measuring cups to measure out each of the ingredients. And don’t forget a nice airtight bottle to store the finished product!

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You only need four simple ingredients to make the most amazing chai syrup you’ll ever taste:

  • chai tea
  • boiling water
  • white sugar
  • brown sugar

Chai tea is a type of tea from India that also has spices mixed in. Typically, there’s cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Substitutions & variations

You can use chai tea bags or loose-leaf chai tea. In fact, you can even make your own homemade chai blend with whole spices and looseleaf black tea. You’ll need things like cinnamon sticks, whole black peppercorns, whole cloves and allspice berries to make homemade chai.

I used a mixture of white sugar and brown sugar to make my chai tea syrup, but you can use just one or the other. You can also use raw pure cane sugar. If you want a refined sugar free version, some coconut sugar or maple sugar could be tasty!

Feel free to add a splash of vanilla extract into the syrup once all of the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has slightly cooled.


Follow these basic instructions and in no time you’ll have a sticky sweet simple syrup loaded with the most delicious chai spices:

Place tea bags in a measuring cup or bowl. If you’re using loose-leaf tea, then place it in a disposable tea bag or a tea strainer.

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Bring a kettle of water to a simmer and then pour the boiling water directly over top of the tea.

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Let the tea steep for 5 minutes and then use a spoon or tongs to lift out the tea bags and squeeze any excess liquid from the tea bags back into the cup. Discard the tea bags.

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While the tea is still hot, stir in white sugar and brown sugar until dissolved.

Let the chai simple syrup cool completely. Once cooled, carefully transfer to a food-safe, airtight container. Store the simple syrup in the refrigerator and use within 1 month.

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Tips & tricks

For the best results, check out these simple tips and tricks:

  • For a lighter color syrup, use white sugar or a mix of white and brown sugar. If you’d like a darker color and more rich flavor then use only brown sugar.
  • To extend the shelf life of your homemade syrup, divide it up to store in the freezer. I have the best tips and tricks on how to freeze simple syrup so that you can always have it on hand.
  • Use filtered water to ensure that your syrup has the best flavor and there’s no funky tap water flavors to mess things up!
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How to use Chai Syrup

What can I use chai syrup on? The better question is what can’t you use it on?! This amazing creation can be used in anything from lattes to old-fashioned cocktails.

You can even use it in desserts like my vanilla bean cupcakes with chai buttercream. Or even in cold drinks like iced tea or cold brew coffee.

Of course, I personally love to mix it into a warm cup of tea (or a chilly iced tea) with a fluffy pumpkin muffins. It’s also great with iced coffee or cold brew. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

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Does chai tea syrup have caffeine?

If you use a caffeinated chai tea, then yes your syrup will have some caffeine in it. However, you can use a decaffeinated tea to make it caffeine-free.

Does chai syrup go bad?

Chai syrup will go bad after about a month. To extend its life, divide it up and freeze in ice cubes. You can thaw it whenever you want to use it!

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Chai Syrup

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Make this cozy and sweet chai simple syrup to stir into all of your favorite fall beverages. It's super simple and has the most amazing flavor!
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  • 2 bags chai tea or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf chai tea
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cup white sugar
  • cup brown sugar


  • Place tea bags in a measuring cup or bowl. If using loose-leaf tea, place in a disposable tea bag or a tea strainer.
  • Pour boiling water directly over top of the tea.
  • Let steep for 5 minutes. With a spoon or tongs, lift out the tea bags and squeeze any excess liquid from the tea bags back into the cup. Discard the tea bags.
  • While still hot, stir in white sugar and brown sugar until dissolved.
  • Let cool completely. Store in a food-safe, airtight container and use within 1 month.

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nutrition information

Yield: 16 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 1ounce Calories: 51kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 0.01g Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 3mg Potassium: 12mg Sugar: 13g Calcium: 8mg Iron: 0.1mg
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