Homemade chai syrup

NewRecipeChai[dropcap custom_class="normal"] L[/dropcap]ast fall I made a commitment to myself to try making one new recipe a week (search my former attempts via #newrecipeaweek on Twitter and Instagram). Somewhere along the way a friend introduced me to my newest online addiction, Food52. (Previously most of my new recipes came from 101 Cookbooks, which I still love. Let's just consider this branching out.)

This week's new recipe is a Homemade Vanilla Bean Chai Syrup.

I made it last night, let it sit in the fridge overnight and stirred a big spoonful of the syrup into an also-big cup of hot PG Tips black tea just now. And I gotta say, it's quite tasty.

Scraping beans from a vanilla pod was a messy adventure, and when I make it again, I'll probably try the Savory Spice vanilla bean paste I've got in my cabinet. But beyond that, highly recommended.