Classic Chai + Spring is Coming

12:09 PM

Spring is on its way! The birds are singing every morning and the weather is slowly getting warmer. It has been mostly overcast and rainy in Atlanta the last few weeks but I'm looking forward to all of the Spring growth that the rain will eventually bring. Daffodils and a few other flowers and trees have already begun to bloom and grow. I love the anticipation that comes with the changing of each season.
While it is getting warmer, it's still pretty chilly most days so I've been keeping warm with a double batch of my go-to chai.

Classic Chai - serves two

- 1 cup water
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves       
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp black tea (Assam or Ceylon)
- 1-2 tbsp honey, to taste

1. Heat water and milk over medium heat until simmering.
2. Turn off heat and add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir to combine.
3. Cover and steep for 20 minutes.
4. Return milk mixture to medium heat until simmering. Stir often to keep it from boiling over and scalding the milk.
5. Turn off heat and add the tea. Steep for five minutes.
6. Strain chai and add honey to taste.

I generally store the chai in a jar in the fridge for no more than five days.  This recipe is also excellent over ice. Enjoy, friends!

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  1. Yea for this post! My teen just asked how to make chai tea! Now I can answer! Great article and pictures!