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This is a spicy, creamy tea that I make every Christmas. Its more my tradition than the authentic tea. Its tasty and sure to warm you from the inside out. Great for those with a cold or flu... clears your sinuses and settles your tummy.
- 2 1⁄2 cups cold water
- 10 whole cloves or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cardamom
- 3 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 1 orange pekoe tea bag
- 1 -2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1⁄2 inch chunk fresh ginger, depending on how spicy you want it
- 2 peppercorns or 1 pinch black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup honey
- 2 -2 1⁄2 cups milk
- In large saucepan combine first nine ingredients.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer ten minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain with fine sieve or through coffee filters.
- Return to pot and add honey until melted.
- Add milk and heat through, but do not boil.
- Serve in clear mugs with a pinch of cinnamon on top.
- Merry Christmas!
- You can also store the tea without the honey and milk in the fridge, then just reheat and add milk and honey to taste.
- This is a nice tea to serve with gingerbread or shortbread cookies at gatherings.
Chai tea is one of my favorite warm drinks, but so many of them are too sweet and artificial tasting. This chai is a perfect mix of spice and sweet. It is delicious!! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is definitely a keeper!!
I agree, excellent mix of spice and sweet. It smelled like way too much nutmeg as it boiled (I am not a huge fan of nutmeg), but the recipe as is actually turned out amazing! I added the tea bags only in the last 4 minutes of simmering since I usually steep my tea 4 min.
Wonderful!! Kids have been into my secret, pricy stash of store-bought chai mix & knew I needed to find an easy, cost effective recipe I could make at home. Tried another recipe on zaar today & it just didn't compare! The hint of orange from the tea bag was so unexpected from the traditional chai I've had. Even the kids loved it! (which was the whole idea!) I did use decaf tea since I knew I'd have to share with them (and it was already past their bedtime!) Only problem I had was straining the spices- my coffee filter kept breaking. Next time I may find a pouch/mesh bag to put them in while simmering. Thanks so much for my new "go to" chai recipe!