The first time I ever tasted Spiced Chai Tea was a wet, rainy, bone-chilling cold day. Stumbling into a Starbucks just to warm up, not being a coffee drinker, I asked for a hot Spiced Chai.
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The first fragrant sip warmed me to the core. The second hinted of exotic spices like cardamom and cinnamon, and ginger. The next was familiar with orange, tea, milk and honey.
Being lost in another world, I asked about how they made the tea and they showed me the STASH Spiced Chai tea bags. I could do this!
I decided to brew my own at home. First I used the Spiced Chai bags, double spiced no less! from the tea store. Then, I got a recipe and decided to create this elixir from scratch.
I am a total sucker for anything that makes my house smell great naturally. Once I placed this mixture in the crock pot, my house smelled like heaven for hours. Then the best part was getting to drink that amazing aroma in a nice warm cuppa tea all day long.
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Now it is your turn to make Spiced Chai Tea at home:
Gather these things to make Chai. Include black tea or burdock root or another herb if you prefer
- 2 tablespoons dried orange peel OR use the peel from 1 fresh orange
- 2 tablespoons ginger root
- 1 cinnamon stick, crushed into bits
- 3-4 green cardamom pods, crushed
- 3-5 whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon peppercorns, (I use a variety of peppercorns, it doesn’t matter if you use only one kind)
- As a base, choose 2 tablespoons black tea, green tea or burdock root.
- Additionally you can choose to add 1/2 vanilla bean and or a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
- 2 quarts fresh cold water
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Put everything in pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour.
Strain, add honey and milk to taste if desired.
Instead, you can bring it to a boil, then put it into a crock pot on low and let it simmer overnight for an intoxicating aroma and delightful tea in the morning.
Play with different bases, like green tea and burdock root. Both have tremendous health benefits and taste delicious.
If you are the kind who has cold hands and feet, try this. It will warm you completely and wonderfully. It’s sure to make you smile.
It’s your turn to make Spiced Chai Tea at home.
Comment below how your recipe may be similar or different.
Chai is like curry, so many possibilities!