Chai Tea with Milk
Chai tea is a blend of black tea, milk, and spices. This recipe was first published in Martha Stewart Living, September 2003.
- Servings: 4
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, February Winter 2007
- 10 whole green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and quartered
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
- 1/3 cup honey, plus more for serving (optional)
- 4 bags black tea
- 1 1/2 cups milk
Place 3 cups water in a small saucepan; add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla bean and scrapings. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer until mixture is aromatic, about 15 minutes. Whisk in honey; drop tea bags in pan. Turn off heat, and let steep 3 minutes.
Strain tea through a fine strainer or a coffee filter into a warmed serving pot. Heat milk in same saucepan over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil because it will separate. Pour into serving pot with the tea, and stir well to combine. Serve immediately, with more honey on the side if desired.