Chai Tea

chai tea in teacup

Recipe: Chai Tea (serves six)

  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 bags black tea
  • 2 cups low or non-fat milk

1. Lightly bruise peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom pods, place in a tea infuser and put in saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks and 6 cups water. Bring to boil over high heat, uncovered.

2. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pot, and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Turn off heat. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.

4. Discard tea bags and spices. Add milk, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer.


This is a yummy, subtly spiced chai tea recipe, based on a Homemade Chai recipe from Epicurious. The main difference is we left out the sugar (the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup brown sugar), and adjusted the spices a bit. If you’re in the mood for a spicier drink, you can double the spices or add less water. If you have chai left over, you can turn it into a light cocktail, which we’ll talk about in our next post.

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