Homemade Chai Tea

It is the perfect time of year for making and enjoying chai tea. This tea will warm you up and cheer you up, too. It’s easy to make at home using a crock-pot, and I make a large batch so that I can drink it throughout the week. The recipe is really flexible – you can use more or less of each spice as preferred, and you can add vanilla, peppercorns, orange peel, anise, or herbs. Have fun!

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Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 8 black tea bags (I use a basic English Breakfast tea but use any kind you like; I’ve used other types of black tea and also green tea)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 slices fresh ginger
  • 16 whole clove
  • 16 cardamom seeds
  • milk
  • honey

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And here’s the method of preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except for milk and honey) in crock-pot. Set on high for 2 – 2 1/2 hours, covered. If you’d prefer to sweeten with sugar instead of honey, add the sugar in now. I think around 3/4 cup should make a nicely sweetened batch.
  2. Strain or remove tea bags and spices using a slotted spoon and pour tea into pitcher. 
  3. Keep refrigerated. Pour individual servings into a cup and add honey and milk to taste.

That’s it! It’s so simple but so good. Plus your house will smell nice and spiced for hours. Happy holidays.

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