I have a nasty Starbucks addiction, I have to confess. However, it’s not all about the coffee – sometimes you just have to have something different and their chai tea hits the spot. In the event of a blizzard (or the desire to just not go out and spend $4 on a Venti Iced Chai Latte), I always kept a package of the Tazo Chai Tea mix in the pantry. They also sell the chai tea bags but that just never was just right. However, the thought of making homemade chai never crossed my mind.
That was until I was perusing a recent issue of Cuisine Tonight and I saw a recipe for homemade chai. Even better – all of the ingredients were already in my pantry! Wait – I don’t have to pay a fortune to make it myself? More money for the choo fund, right?
- ¼ cup of loose tea or 5 tea bags
- 2½ cups of water
- 2 cups reduced fat milk
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. turbinado sugar
- 5 whole star anise
- 1 tsp. black peppercorns
- 3 green whole cardamom pods
- 1 piece fresh ginger (1-inch), cut into coins