Every June, we celebrate National Iced Tea Month! For tea lovers, it is a great excuse to try a new flavor or recipe as there are so many options available. Chai Tea has become a very popular coffee shop order recently. This homemade recipe is rich and simple, with lots of exotic spice for authentic flavor. If you haven’t tried Chai Tea yet, follow this easy to make recipe, or experiment with a spice of your own for an alternate variation.
Indian-inspired chai combines black tea, spices, and milk. Notes of black pepper and cardamom in this version give it bold aromatics.
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
- 10 whole cloves
- 6 cardamom pods
- 6 cups cold water
- 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
- 2 cups milk. (for a dairy-free option, try oat, almond or coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan. Using mallet or back of large spoon, lightly crush or bruise spices. Add 6 cups water; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan, and simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add milk and sugar. Bring tea just to simmer over high heat, whisking until sugar dissolves. Strain chai into teapot and serve hot or chilled.
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