Drinks, Food

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup)

January 10, 2017

January is the weirdest month. The weather is going crazy with snow and clouds and it’s getting dark early but it doesn’t have this festive feeling about it as in December. The new year is here and I should feel motivated and inspired or even craving for more mindfulness and time with friends and family. (As everybody seems to write in their yearly reviews.)

I haven’t had any resolutions but the year 2017 to be the same as the last 2016 โ€“ at least for me personally. Politically it can change. Please.

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup) | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

So here I am. Staying at home and waiting for the inspiration to hit me. The urge to create wash over me. The muse to kiss me. And nothing. Nothing.

I haven’t created any DIY to share this week and I just finished the blogpost that I’m publishing here (head over to Instagram Stories if you don’t believe me). And the recipe for this? I stole it. The syrup is almost the exact recipe from Vera from Nicest Things (minus the ginger) and the idea for dirty chai is from my travels to Australia a year ago. Steal like an artist, right?

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup) | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

I’m having a low. I feel like everything has been created, photos have been taken much prettier than mine and all texts are funnier/more unique/better to read.

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup) | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

I’ll just might take it slow over here. Until the muse comes over, I drink some dirty chai and read a good book. That’s also great once in a while.

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup)

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup)


    For the chai syrup:
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 Vanille pod
  • 10 cloves
  • 5 pepper corns
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp black tea
  • For the dirty chai:
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 Espresso


  1. Put the water with the sugar into a pot and add all the spices.
  2. Boil for 10 mins.
  3. Add the tea and turn off the heat.
  4. Let it infuse for 5 - 10 mins.
  5. Sieve it through a paper filter (from your coffee) or a fine sieve.
  6. Put it into a bottle and voilรก! The syrup is done.
  7. For the dirty chai. Add 4 cl of chai syrup to the milk and heat it.
  8. Add the espresso and serve while still hot.

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For the topping I just made milk foam but if you’re going for a richer experience, cream would be just as nice. Especially after a day being outside in the cold.

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup) | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

The syrup lasts for a week in the fridge. So if you made the same amount that I did (unless you want to drink it three times every day), it’s a perfect gift. I’m already pondering new ideas on how to use this syrup. It’s quite sweet but oh-so-delicious. I’m thinking adding it to my muesli? Maybe bake with it?

Dirty chai (with homemade chai syrup) | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

This is a true comfort drink. Perfect for the cold weather outside. What do you do to keep your sanity during this month?


Now. Carry on!

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  • Reply selina January 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I hear you, Sarah. Everyone has a creative low once in a while, happens to the best of us. And comparing isn’t gonna help (comparing is actually the worst. Always). Put your attention elsewhere until the inspiration comes back. I send some motivation and sunshine your way. Enjoy your book ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply sarah January 12, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you, Selina. Your words mean a lot. Comparison is the worst! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do like to aspire to be the best version of myself and therefore I’m my hardest critic. I hope you feel more inspired!

  • Reply Tobia | craftaliciousme January 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I have had this feeling most of last year and always thought: who in the world cares what I have to say so why sit down and write/do/make something…
    But then I remembered why I started. It helped and I am feeling more motivated and happy.
    Wishing you the serenity to take your time. Sometimes its the most important.
    Happy weekend and I will go and make me some Chai later. I have a ready made kit in the cupboard
    Happy Weekend, Tobia

    • Reply sarah January 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Tobia. Your words mean a lot. Hopefully I’m not stuck all year but I hear you: this is not why I started. If only one person cares that should be enough, right?!

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