Monday, January 10, 2011

Chai, My Way

On cold, wet afternoons, I'll ask M. if he wants a little something warm to drink. Usually the choices are coffee or tea, but he invariably asks for chai.

My chai isn't particularly authentic, but it's easy, tasty and low in fat and sugar. Think of it as an easy way to get in a little extra calcium. Drinking it in front of the fire makes a lazy weekend afternoon extra relaxing.

Printer friendly recipe

12 ounces 1% milk (use what you have, but I don't recommend fat free)
4 ounces water
1 teaspoon black tea
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon (heaping) cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Put the milk and water in a medium saucepan over low heat and bring the milk up to a simmer, stirring (as it gets hot, watch it carefully as it will well up and over the side of your pan very suddenly). When it reaches the welling-up stage, stir in the remaining ingredients and let it simmer for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour through a strainer into a 2 cup measuring cup (I use the one I measured the milk in) and pour into two mugs. Serve immediately.  Makes two servings.


Julie said...

I've always wanted to make Chai Tea but haven't had all of the ingredients. I will give this one a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Hanaâ said...

I made it Sunday night with a slice of birthday cake, and it was awesome! My only change was to double the water. I added a link to this post from my blog.

TeaLady said...

THIS is my absolute favorite tea EVER!!! I make a mix to keep handy in the spice drawer and run out all the time. Gonna try it your way!!!