Chai is definitely one of my favorite things, and I have been dying to make it this way for years. So, today, I did!
…Annnnnd I remembered something in the process: I still love chai.
Here’s the recipe!
Serves 5-6; 30-40 minutes prep time
1 star anise
2 med. cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves
6 whole allspice
6 white peppercorns
5 black peppercorns
2 cardamom pods
2 heaping teaspoons black tea
3 c. water
4 c. whole or 2% milk
1 Tbsp. sugar or honey, or add to taste
Combine spice and water in a medium pot; bring to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to steep, covered, for 5 minutes.
Bring the mixture back to a boil, add the tea (I put mine in a tea ball), remove from heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes longer.
Add the milk and heat through; strain into a clean pot, heat the mixture for a few minutes more, and add sugar or honey to taste. Ladle into cups and serve.
Note: This recipe is not very sweet; I added only enough honey to mine to make the sweetness complement the spices. If you like yours a little sweeter, add more sugar or honey.
Note: While this recipe is delicious, to be honest, I don’t think that the taste is*that* much improved on a good bag of chai tea from the store, steeped in hot milk.
I will say this: Your kitchen smells like magic while this recipe is steeping, and that in itself, makes the effort well worth it.
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