Mmmmmmmmm Spices 🙂 The beauty of making your own tea is that you can easily tweak the spices to exactly your liking. The list of ingredients is open to interpretation – it really doesn’t matter if you’re missing a few things, or add some extras. The point is to make a giant pot of soothing tea that will help make getting up in the mornings a little easier, or your Christmas holidays a little fancier!
Throw all the spices into a pot of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for at least half an hour. Needless to say, your home will smell like chai for days to come 🙂
Add tea of your choice (bags or loose leaf) and steep for 5 minutes, then strain.
Add some form of sweetener too. Again, to suit your taste buds, no exact measurements required for a recipe like this!
Pour chai into a container of some sort, and store in the fridge.
Heat chai with some milk or cream and froth it together. You could also do this very easily in the microwave, but mine happens to be broken at the moment….
Pour mixture into your favourite mug and settle in. Ahhhhh……perfect 🙂
Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe
8-10 cups water
1 pod fresh vanilla
½ cup green cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks (broken into pieces)
1 tbsp of peeled, sliced ginger root
1 tbsp whole cloves
3-4 black peppercorns
½ tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
3-4 star anise
2-3 teabags (whatever flavour you prefer!)
½ cup (approx) sweetener of choice (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
1. Put water in big pot, add all the spices and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add 2 or 3 teabags, or equivalent loose leaf tea. Steep, covered for 5 minutes.
3. Strain mixture into a glass jar or carafe, and sweeten to taste.
4. Mix equal parts chai and milk (or half and half or creamed rum if you’re feeling decadent).
5. Store in the fridge for a week.