Basic Black Chai Recipe

Combine healthful spices to create this slightly sweet chai.



January/February 2016

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Chai contains some of the world’s healthiest spices, including cinnamon, ginger and cloves. If you prefer, omit the milk and honey and offer them separately.

Basic Black Chai Recipe

Ingredients:

• 1-1⁄2 cups cold water
• One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken
• 2 heaping teaspoons black tea
• Seeds of 3 cardamom pods
• One 1⁄4-inch-thick slice fresh ginger
• 3 whole cloves
• 2 black peppercorns
• 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup milk
• 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or sugar

Instructions:

1. Bring water to a boil in small saucepan. Add cinnamon, cover, remove from heat; steep 2 minutes. Return pan to heat; bring to a boil. Add tea, spices, milk, and honey or sugar; cover, and remove from heat. Steep 3 minutes.

2. Pour mixture through fine wire-mesh strainer into warm teapot, discarding solids. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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