Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chai Tea or Latte


I like coffee, I like tea, I love the chai and chai, it loves me...

Serves 3

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Ground Clove
1/8 Tsp. Dried Ground or 1 Nickle Sized Slice Fresh Ginger
(You can add more if you like, Ginger isn't my favorite, so I go easy on it.)
4 Peppercorns
2 Cardamom Pods Cracked
1/8 Cup of Cream or milk or milk substitute. I like almond, hemp or rice milk.
3 Tbsp. Cup of Tea (Chai Tea) or Coffee (Chai Late). For decaf, try using red tea.
1 Liter of water
Honey, Sugar or Agave Nectar to taste
(I like mine a little sweet. For the whole batch I usually stir in an overflowing tablespoon.)



A French press is the easiest and least messy way to go, but if you don't have one, it's still easy to make this yummy drink on the stove. If you are using the stove top, toast the spices over medium heat, before adding the water to make the chai extra tasty.

French Press: Toss all of the spices as well as the tea or coffee into your French press. Bring 1 liter of water to a boil and pour it in. Let the mixture steep for 10 minutes before depressing the plunger. Pour into a mug (or mugs if you are nice enough to share) until almost full, add creamer and sweetener and enjoy!

Stove top: In a hot medium sized pot, toast all of the spices over medium heat for about a minute. Add the tea or coffee and 1 liter of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to low heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the chai through a mesh strainer into a mug until almost full. Add the creamer and sweetener and enjoy!



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