I’m a coffee drinker. And not the kind that slugs back a cup because they need the caffeine jolt just to function (though, admittedly, I do need the caffeine to function). I enjoy my coffee. It’s a comfort food to me. I don’t need a fancy, frilly coffee drink with a faux-Italian name that is six or seven or eight words long. Just give me a good quality cup of joe with a splash of half-and-half and I’m a happy girl.Sometimes, however, I crave something with a different flavor. I still want my warm comfort in a cup, especially on chilly, overcast days like yesterday. This easy and delicious chai hit the spot. As an added bonus, now that I’ve made up a small container of the spice mix, I can have a warm cup of chai in a matter of minutes!
Homemade Chai Tea
adapted from Sprouts Farmers’ market, Sept/Oct 2009
1/2 c. whole or reduced fat milk (I used 1%)
1 c. water
1 tsp. honey or natural cane sugar
2 tsp. black tea, such as Darjeeling
1/4 tsp. chai spice mix (equal parts ground ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)
1. Place milk, water, and honey or sugar in a medium pot. Bring to a boil and let boil for 30 seconds.
2. Add tea and spice mix. Remove from heat and allow to steep for five minutes.
3. Strain into your favorite mug or cup and enjoy!