chai tea

ingredients

makes 8 portions

4 pieces cinnamon bark; 11/2 inch

1 teaspoon cardammon seeds

10 whole cloves

5 cups of water

1/4 cup black tea leaves (like Assam or Darjeeling)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup honey

3 cups milk

method

Bundle up the cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and black tea in a length of cheese cloth and tie together with a string. [bouquet garni] “boo-KAY-gar-NEE”.

Place bouquet garni in a pot of water. Strong should be tied to handle for easy removal later on.

Bring the water to a very low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer. Boiling water may extract too much bitterness from the tea leaves.

Add tea leaves and continue simmering for 15 minutes.

Remove bouquet garni.

Strain the remaining liquid through a sieve to remove tea leaves.

Add honey, vanilla and milk.

Serve by pouring the mixture over crushed ice if you’re serving it cold.

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