I like a nice hot chai tea, but I don't like paying for it, so I decided to start making my own. The upfront cost is a little steep, but the amount you can make with the ingredients more than offsets the initial investment, especially if you're used to paying $3 to $5 per cup. Plus, when you make your own chai, your kitchen smells amazing, which is a nice added bonus.
This is a 1-cup recipe, but it easily scales up, and you can make a large batch and save it for the rest of the week.
- 1 cup water
- 1 serving black or green tea (you can use a tea bag, loose leaf or matcha)
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch ground ginger
- Pinch ground cloves
- 1 star anise pod (1 pod is more than enough for your tea, whether you're making 1 cup or 10)
- 1/2 g cinnamon
- 1/2 g cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 date, seed removed, or 1 tsp sweetener of your choice.
Mix all ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Remove tea bags or leafs, and blend the tea with an immersion blender, until the date and star anise are pulverized.
Drink as is, or add a little almond milk.
If you're making a large batch, store in the refrigerator. The date particles will sink, so mix well before you serve.