Well Hello there!
You know who loves tea?!?
ChaI love tea!!
get it? I rhymes with Chai- bad joke, bad joke.
But you know, I really do love tea, all kinds of tea
And you know what else, I bet you like a gabajillion other people in the world love drinking tea as well.
Looks like we have that in common already!
Todays recipe is an authentic Chai tea recipe on behalf of my mom and her friend Mireille.
The process is definitely not as simple as boiling water and steeping a tea bag in it, but I can bet you that this Chai tea tastes better than any steeped tea bag!
You will need:
- A few sugar cubes (or a couple tsp sugar) (or sugar substitute)
- Cinnamon Bark
- Star Anise
- Neutral base tea leaves (black, green, rooibois, orange pekoe) nothing with flavor!
- Milk of you choice (dairy or non-dairy)
*There are no precise measurements, but as for the amount of tea and water you use, it all depends on how many servings you are making. A little spice goes a long way, so you dont need to add too much cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, ginger, or cloves. Go with your gut recipes with no precise measurements are fun! You can make it your own!
Go on, try it!
First, youll need to gather a few sugar cubes and fresh water.
Turn stove on high.
And bring the sugar cubes and water to a boil.
While the water is coming to a boil, gather the essential ingredients: Cinnamon bark, a small piece of ginger, star anise, a few cloves, and a bit of cardamon. ALL FRESH! Its best!
Closer Look: Top: Ginger Right: Cinnamon bark Middle: Cloves Bottom Left: Cardamon Top Left: Star Anise
Put the spices in the water
Wait until the water is boiling and the spices to start smelling to add
Tea leaves. You can use whatever neutral base tea you like. The tea below is authentic Indian Orange Pekoe.
Pour a serving for each person you are making this delightful tea for!
Be sure to get it all in there!
Once youve added the tea, turn the heat on medium-low.
Put a cover on for a few minutes.
Once the tea is a nicely steeped dark color (dont let it steep too too long or else it will get bitter)
Add milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy) to taste.
Use a strainer to pour into a nice cup of tea. Dont want any of those spice or tea leaves to get in there!
Strain until you have a full cup of yummy aromatic Chai tea.
Enjoy with pumpkin pie or any kind of sweet treat (or heck enjoy even by itself!)
But pumpkin pie would be the best option! Especially this pumpkin pie.
Look at that fab cup of homemade Chai tea!
Anticipate the first sip.
Be amazed! Enjoy it!
Thank you so much to my Mom and Mireille for these wonderful step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make Chai tea! Cant wait to try it!
Talk write to ya soon!