A while back, I saw this recipe for Spiced Chai that sounded really good. Since I was making it just for me, I tinkered with the recipe ingredients and method of brewing. It turned out super tasty and is perfect for when you want an exotic, Indian flavor spin on your morning breakfast or afternoon tea. Simple and easy to make, and you probably already have the spices in your pantry. If you're missing any of the spices, just skip 'em or add a little bit more of another. Next time, I think I'll add a few grinds of fresh black pepper to the mix ~ for a little extra zing. I love playing around with flavoring tea blends. How about you?
Spiced Chai Tea for One
- 1 bag of your favorite black tea OR a spoonful of your favorite loose tea (regular or decaf)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp whole cloves
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 3 cups boiling hot water
- milk & sweetener of choice
Place all the spices in the strainer basket of your little teapot, along with the tea bag or loose tea.
(if your teapot doesn't have a built in strainer basket, put the spices (& loose tea if using) in a mesh tea infuser ball before adding to the teapot & then toss the tea bag into the teapot, too ~ OR ~ just add all to your teapot and pour through a fine sieve into your cup when the tea is ready, so you can catch any loose bits)
Pour the boiling hot water into the teapot and let it all steep for 5-6 minutes. Serve with a good, healthy splash of milk and a fair amount of your sweetener of choice.
~ :) Enjoy!