Chai tea is one of my favorite winter drinks. This blend not only tastes delicious, but it will give your immune system a good boost. Once you try this basic recipe, try experimenting a little with your favorite spices to make a blend that tastes just right to you. I never make the same exact recipe twice. Sometimes I double the amount of Ginger and Pepper, if I'm wanting a spicier cup of tea. Sometimes I leave out a few spices if I don't have them on hand. Often I add gotu kola, reishi mushroom slices or ashwagandha powder to the mix. Be a kitchen wizard - that's what makes it fun!
Here is my basic immunity chai recipe:
- 1 T each: crushed cardamom pods, whole cloves, sliced ginger root, while allspice berries, shredded astragalus, burdock root, black tea if desired (I use earl grey).
- 1/2 t each: peppercorns, powdered nutmeg, fennel seed
- 2-3 each: cinnamon sticks, star anise pods (plus a couple to float on top in your cup), vanilla bean pods, sliced down the middle
- 2c filtered water
- Honey to taste
- Your favorite nut, seed, goat or cow milk
1. Add all ingredients to a small sauce pot, besides the honey and milk.
2. Simmer on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Strain into a glass jar to store in the fridge.
4. This concentrated chai blend will last a few days in the fridge.
5. When you are ready to enjoy a cup, Poor 4 ounces of this mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat it along with 2 to 4 ounces of your favorite milk.
6. Sweeten with honey, pour into your favorite mug, and garnish with a couple of star anise seed pods.
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