recently there has been a boost with chai in different coffee houses. they use a cinnamon syrup to give it a special flavor. this is always a little sweet for me. so i tried to make chai myself.

here is what i do:
for one big cup of chai use about

  • 2 teaspoons of black tea,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black grounded pepper (maybe chili or cayenne for the hard boys),
  • the seeds of 3 cardamon seedpods and
  • one clove.

put this in a teabag and infuse it for 5 minutes. add a little warm milk and sugar as you please.

you may use whole cinnamon sticks but i feel they just take way too long to flavor the tea. star anise and ginger are normally included. i haven’t had these at home so i couldn’t figure out what the dose for those would be.


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