Some afternoons, when I'm dragging a bit and I don't want/need another cup of coffee, a mug of chai tea is just the thing to hit the spot. It's spicy, a bit sweet, and refreshing... but also a wee bit of a pain to make. Until I discovered a recipe for this yummy make-ahead chai concentrate, made with sweetened condensed milk. Just mix all the ingredients in a jar and allow to sit overnight. Then add a tablespoon or more of the mixture to a cup of strong black tea. The concentrate will keep, refrigerated, for weeks. If you enjoy it as much as I do, though, you'll need to mix up a new batch long before that!
The recipe below is a modified version of the one in Pip Lincolne's book Sew La Tea Do, and similar to this one.
14 ounces organic or non-organic sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves