Chai Tea for the Masses
There's nothing like a nice cup of warming chai tea on a cold autumn day to warm you up. The spices are so comforting. I love curling up on the couch and feeling all cozy and thankful to be warm and dry while looking out the window at the cold, damp weather.
Chai tea is usually purchased in a box filled with tiny teabags.
I'm actually in love with this particular brand!
Yummmmmm! The flavors are so intensely delicious and it's caffeine free too! You can also get some really great chai tea concentrates! Just like what they use at coffee shops to make chai lattes. This one is my fave:
But sometimes when I'm feeling like something a little different, I love to make my own from scratch!
Feel free to give this recipe your own spin! Whole allspice is amazing. As is nutmeg! Go nuts!
2 cups of fresh water
1 black tea bag (English breakfast, Darjeeling, etc)
21 whole black peppercorns (although I'm sure red or white peppercorns would make for very interesting new flavors)
9 cardamom pods, crushed
17 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, broken up
1 tsp fresh ginger chunks
Vanilla bean (optional and probably not too authentic!)
Throw it all into a small saucepan and bring mix to a boil.
Boil tea for 2 minutes with lid on (to prevent the water from evaporating).
Add about 2 tsp of sweetener (cane sugar, agave, maple syrup, etc), depending on how sweet you like your chai.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, lid removed, for 5 minutes.
Taste and adjust until it's perfect.
If you want the flavors to be a little stronger, then simmer for a while longer.
Once it's ready, strain into a tea pot and use the saucepan to warm up some milk (Silk soymilk or So Delicious coconut milk are my 2 faves) and add it to the chai!
|Boiling the spices|
Drink and enjoy with a scone and feel fancy.