Chai Simple Syrup

This chai simple syrup recipe is infused with the warm and cozy flavors of chai tea and cinnamon. Use this chai simple syrup to sweeten an iced chai tea or a variety of cocktails!

jar full of this prepared chai simple syrup recipe, set next to a chai tea bag and cinnamon stick

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 tea 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.


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.

ingredients needed

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.

ingredient shot for this chai tea simple syrup recipe, showing water, granulated sugar, chai tea bags, and cinnamon sticks


  1. Place ingredients in a small saucepan: unwrap tea bags, measure out your ingredients, and go!
  2. 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).
  3. Cool your simple syrup: remove your chai simple syrup from the heat and allow to cool.
  4. 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.

expert tips

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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Chai Simple Syrup

This chai-spiced simple syrup is perfect for fall and winter cocktail making.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cups


  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 2, 3 " cinnamon sticks
  • 5, decaffeinated chai tea bags


  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened (~10mins)
  • Transfer syrup to a heat-proof, air-tight storage container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks


*Use a good quality chai tea bag for this simple syrup recipe. I often use decaffeinated chai tea when I make this simple syrup.
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  1. Lynn says

    Do you take the tea bags and cinnamon sticks out when done with the cooking portion of the recipe?

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Hi Lynn, yes! When you’re all done cooking the syrup, remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks before storing (be careful, they’ll be hot! I use a couple of spoons to pull mine out). Excited to hear how this turns out for you!

  2. Maren says

    5 stars
    So easy to make and so delicious. If I can make this, you can too!

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      I’m so glad you enjoy it! And yes, easy-peasy, no need to be hesitant on making this chai simple syrup! Thanks for making my recipe!

  3. Rosie says

    5 stars
    Very simple to make, great instructions. I added a few pods of cardamom and brown sugar instead of white because I love them and it worked so well!
    And absolutely delicious! Will be adding this recipe to my regular cooking list. Will definitely make this over and over again!
    Love it! Thank you for the recipe Meredith.

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Rosie, I’m so glad to hear you loved it! Great additions with the cardamom pods and the swap to brown sugar too. Thanks for making my recipe!