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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.

Love, Ashley

*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.