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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).

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011


  • 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


  1. 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.

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