Make Chai: Basic Black Chai

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<em>Serves 2<br />
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If you prefer, omit the milk and sugar and offer them separately.</p>
<p>• 1½ cups cold water<br />
• One 2-inch piece cinnamon stick, broken<br />
• 2 heaping teaspoons black tea<br />
• Seed of 3 cardamom pods<br />
• One ¼-inch-thick slice fresh ginger<br />
• 3 whole cloves<br />
• 2 black peppercorns<br />
• ¼ to ½ cup milk<br />
• 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar</p>
<p>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 sugar; cover, and remove from heat. Steep 3 minutes.</p>
<p>2. Pour mixture through fine wire-mesh strainer into warm teapot, discarding solids. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.</p>
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<em>Garden writer and editor Vicki Mattern has been communicating the beauty and usefulness of plants for more than 20 years. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania.</em>
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