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#1 of 8 Old 05-21-2004, 10:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I just saw the green tea thread. Can someone please tell me how to make yummy chai tea at home? I have tried Stash brand's white chai (loose) and their bags of black chai. I have also tried "medicinals" brand or something like that. I am up for experimenting so any suggestions are welcome (I like it sweet and milky). Oooohhh, do I sound sexy?
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THere was such a great thread on FINDING YOUR TRIBE for tea drinkers. Lots of people were posting recipes for Chai. Someone posted this link which has some great recipes too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chai, but havent made it myself. But really want to!! I drink STASH brand Chai.......they make a double spice Chai that is heaven! (and IVe tried them all) The oregan and Tazo Chai Teas are wonderful, but lots of calories, so I gave them up except for special occasions.....

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http://www.odie.org/chai/recipes.html
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Roobios chai tea I buy it from www.speacialteas.com
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Ok I'm gonna give you *solsticemama*s chai recipe inspired while we were living in Hawaii. Picture an outdoor kitchen surrounded by palms, avo and banana trees. Drink deep...

cardomon pods
cardomom seeds
whole black pepper corns
whole cloves
whole allspice
cinnamon stick
freshly grated nutmeg (a key ingredient)
freshly grated ginger

Ok, now I don't have exact amounts. I do it to taste. But if you're making it for 2, say, then you'll probably be adding a tbsp of the first 5 ingred., 1 cinnamon stick, enough nutmeg so you can see it floating on top and ginger to taste. You bring it all to just before a boil, then add tea leaves/bag and let the tea darken. Strain, return to pan and add dairy or non-dairy milk or cream until it's the shade you like, bring it to scald and pour into cups. Add a good amount of honey, the sweetness brings all the flavors together, and enjoy
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I used to drink spiced tea like I was served at an Indian restaurant once, and it was just cardamom pods, cinnamon and cloves. But I think I'll try solsticemama's chai recipe because I think it needs some nutmeg.
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Alternatively, you could buy the chai spices from a place like http://chai.com and then just mix the chai spices, tea, milk, and sugar to taste. It would be your own perfect blend. I find it quite cumbersome to actually find and mix all of the spices together. Enjoy!
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Many, many thanks to everyone. and welcome Reticomm - first post
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Big train chai is the best Oregon chai I've ever had. You mix with water and its delicious. I can also recommend Oregon Chai which is easier to find.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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