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?
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.....
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
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.
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!