I am not one for coffee shops. I don’t drink coffee (too bitter!) and I just rarely like to spend money on fancy drinks. So today was definitely a change because I tried chai tea, and I have to say it is sooo good! Warm, cinnamony and creamy, it is perfect for gray, cold Seattle days. Not sure if I would be willing to buy it often, though, so I am happy to find this recipe so I can duplicate it at home!
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- 10 whole green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and quartered
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
- 1/3 cup honey, plus more for serving (optional)
- 4 bags black tea
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Place 3 cups water in a small saucepan; add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla bean and scrapings. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer until mixture is aromatic, about 15 minutes. Whisk in honey; drop tea bags in pan. Turn off heat, and let steep 3 minutes.
- Strain tea through a fine strainer or a coffee filter into a warmed serving pot. Heat milk in same saucepan over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil because it will separate. Pour into serving pot with the tea, and stir well to combine. Serve immediately, with more honey on the side if desired.