I sort of thought that it wasn’t possible to make Homemade Chai Tea. You know, like it’s one of those foods that is impossible to make from scratch like sushi or brownies. As if Starbucks not only had the secret recipe but also the secret method for making it.
When I fell in love with Aarti from Food Network a couple of years ago, I found this chai tea recipe. I emailed it to myself in February 2012. And I bought the ingredients. In conclusion, this is the story of how I had chai tea on my To Do list for 2 years. Oops.
I’ve been making this every day this week because 2 sick girls means 1 mama who needs a lot of chai tea (and coffee and wine). I made just a few minor adjustments not because I know something about tea but just because mama don’t do loose tea leaves yet and mama don’t chop cinnamon sticks so the whole thing is going in and that’s just that.
Chai Tea (makes enough for 2)
4 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
8 green cardamom pods, smashed
8 whole cloves
1 star anise
4 quarter-sized coins fresh ginger
2 black tea bags (or 4 teaspoons black tea leaves)
4 teaspoons honey
whole milk or half-and-half
In a small pot, bring the water, spices, and ginger to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 15 minutes.
Bring mixture back to a boil, turn off heat and add tea bags. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in honey and milk/half-and-half to taste.
Source: Aarti from Food Network