When we came across a recipe for making a homemade version of a popular cola, we discovered the basic ingredients are citrus and spices. (Not what you’d expect, right?) Then it hit me – instead of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and cloves, why not use Vanilla Spice Chai? So here is our version of a classic cola, only minus all the artificial colorings and sweeteners! ~ Marlys
- 2 cups Vanilla Spice Chai brewed tea
- Zest of 1 lime
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Zest of 1 orange
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- Club soda (for serving)
Combine Vanilla Spice Chai brewed tea, citrus zests, and lime juice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes.
Strain out the zests using a fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth).
Rinse out the sauce pan (or use a fresh one), and pour tea back in. Add the sugars and stir over low heat until dissolved.
Allow to cool down, then pour into a container with a lid. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.
To serve, mix 1/4 cup tea syrup with 1 cup of club soda. Stir to combine.