Spiced Chai Latte
Recharge with this tea-based beverage in the morning or afternoon. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
- 2 tablespoons black tea
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 star anise (or other aromatic spice)
- 1 whole cinnamon stick
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or 1/2-inch piece of vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon natural sugar or honey
- 1/4 cup hot milk
Put the tea, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a teapot or heatproof pitcher. Add the boiling water and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Strain the tea into 4 cups. Stir in the sweetener and hot milk and serve.