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!
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
And here’s the method of preparation:
- 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.
- Strain or remove tea bags and spices using a slotted spoon and pour tea into pitcher.
- 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.