Cooking for Crafters is a food blog for those that like to give their food an artistic flare. Emily Armitage, Founder of the Cooking for Crafters Blog, takes us through the recipe and process of making homemade chai tea. See more at Emily's website, http://cookingforcrafters.com.
Chai Tea Recipe
(serving size, fills one
recycled wine bottle, and makes about 3-4 coffee cups per bottle).
5 cups of water
1 inches of fresh ginger root (approximately), skin removed and chopped
7 whole cardamom pods
1 tsp. of anise seed (you can also use 2 whole pods if you can find them)
10 whole cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. pepper
10 - 12 black teabags
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbs. honey
1 tbs. vanilla extract
Note: All spices and herbs can be found at whole foods or any grocery
store with a wide variety of spices.
In a large pot bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat., add tea
and let it steep. As the tea is steeping, add spices, and steep an
additional 20 minutes (about 30 minutes total). The more it steeps the
stronger and spicier it will taste. Strain and add the brown sugar,
honey, and vanilla. Stir to combine and dissolve.
To drink immediately, mix 1 part concentrate with one part milk. Serve
over ice or heat as desired. If you plan on giving it as gifts or want
to keep it for later use, do not add milk. Keep it as a concentrate