Chai tea, ubiquitous throughout India and a popular coffeehouse staple in the United States, is actually quite simple to prepare from scratch with a well-stocked spice rack. This sweet-and-spicy beverage combines black tea, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and steaming milk, making it a wonderfully warming, aromatic cold-weather drink.
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Total time: 10 min
Makes 4 servings
Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat along with tea bags, cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom seeds, ginger and black peppercorns. Boil for 5 minutes, until tea is dark, and liquid has reduced to 2 cups.
Strain through fine mesh strainer, and return to medium-low heat. Stir in sugar and honey until dissolved, and add milk. Heat through, stirring occasionally, until hot.