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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chai Tea (Tea, Latte, or Iced)

I know, I know... sorry in advance as it's been about a YEAR since I promised to post our Chai Tea recipe (*blush*)!!  Dave made a batch of his perfected chai tea today, which reminded me, "Holy cow, I still need to post this recipe!"  Sorry to those of you who have been waiting -- I do read your emails with the request!  Now, wait no longer!  :)

We love the spice mixture of chai tea, and most often drink it latte style over ice, but this can be enjoyed as simply a warm cup of tea or a warm latte -- very enjoyable come fall and winter!  And it's so easy to make, it also makes a great gift.  I love packaging up all of the ingredients with directions and a large mug as a fabulous thank you or Christmas gift.  Enjoy!

Chai Tea
Makes About 8 Servings

6  1-inch pieces of fresh ginger root
6 cinnamon sticks, snapped in half
10 green cardamom pods
8 black peppercorns
15 whole cloves
1 Tbsp whole fennel seeds
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp fresh orange zest/peel
8 cups filtered water
5 organic black tea bags (we use Darjeeling) 
Pure liquid stevia, to taste (we usually do about 2 tsp of Stevita brand)
Unsweetened organic almond milk (optional)

1.)  In a medium sauce pan, combine spices and water over High heat.  (I tie them all off in an organic unbleached coffee filter with kitchen string.)  Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.  Add the tea bags, return to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 15 additional minutes.

2.)  Remove tea bags and spices -- if necessary, strain tea mixture thru a stainless steal mesh strainer.  Enjoy immediately for plain chai tea; stir in desired amount of almond milk for warm chai latte; or cool on counter top until room temp, combine with half part almond milk, and serve over ice for iced chai latte.  Sweeten with stevia as desired.


Ryan Adair

Sounds Yummy! Can't wait to try it! Also, I love that glass! I have only seen the chalk writers in Mug form.



Healing Cuisine by Elise

Thanks! The glasses were a set given to us as a wedding gift. A friend actually made them! Chalk board paint added to the glasses. Also came with a sweet cutting board with chalk board paint patches on it so you can label cheeses for a party. We love! Might be a fun DIY project for you :)


Hi Elise! I just started working for a Maximized Living doctor and am doing the Advance Plan. Have you ever made a pumpkin Latte that fits the plan. I may experiment this weekend but I thought you might have some helpful pointers :-)

Healing Cuisine by Elise

Hi Kristin, ooooh great question!! I LOVE the pumpkin spice latte, too! Never tried making on our own before tho. But I am now up for the challenge to make it Advanced Plan. Hmmm :) Will get right on this, think we have all the ingredients we'll need in the pantry right now!

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