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Homemade Chai

Serves 4
Time 15 min
Making this spiced tea from scratch is easier than you might think. You'll appreciate how the spicy fragrances fill your kitchen. Use any milk or non-dairy substitute you like and serve it hot or over ice.
Ingredients
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cardamom pods lightly crushed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 single-serve black tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose black tea
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) milk
Method

Place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, peppercorns and 3 cups water into a small pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to steep for 10 minutes.

Return pot to the heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea, cover and set aside to steep for about 4 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding solids, then return liquid to the pot. Stir in sugar and milk and heat over low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Pour into cups and serve.

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  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cardamom pods lightly crushed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 single-serve black tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose black tea
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) milk