Chai Tea


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    I have always had the habit of adding a bit extra to my teas, and was surprised when I finally looked up what Chai Tea is a few years ago. Finally, “my” tea had a name.:)

    For my personal preference, the flavors to stick with are black tea, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger for a good base. After that, add whatever spices you like. I usually make it with water rather than milk. I don’t want to drink THAT much milk, I drink a lot of tea.

    I love a little kick, so I will often add a bit of heat from cayenne pepper, crushed chilli pepper or other peppers. And I almost always use a few peppercorns.

    Use any sweetener you like, sugar, brown sugar, stevia, or skip it altogether. I love just a touch of honey in my tea.

    I change it up by adding a 2 – 3 drops of vanilla extract (to a whole pot) at times, or if I’m not using milk, I love adding lemon juice.

    I rarely actually measure how much of anything I’m putting in my tea, just adjust things to suit your taste.

    If I have any leftover tea, once it’s completely cooled, I add some kefir to it and chill overnight.
    It makes a great iced tea with water based tea & water kefir, and you’ll get a very interesting flavor for a milk based chai using milk kefir.


    • 5 cups water
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 2 inch "finger" of ginger, cut in slices or grated
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 6 cardamom pods
    • 10 peppercorns
    • 10 cloves
    • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
    • 5 bags black tea
    • 1 crushed dried chilli pepper


    Step 1

    Bring covered pot of water to boil with spices and ginger added. Reduce heat and let simmer at least 10 minutes.

    Step 2

    Remove from heat, add tea. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.

    Step 3

    Stir in honey to dissolve. Add milk.

    Step 4

    Strain out spices. Serve.

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