Fall = warm drinks.  And as early as August, I always see coffee shops advertise their “seasonal fall drinks.”  And even in the heat of August, why does holding onto a warm drink sound so appealing?!

So come actual fall time, I’m really ready for some warming drinks!  That means homemade chai 🙂

 

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Interesting fact: chai means tea in Hindi.  So when you say “I’d like a chai tea,” you’re really saying “I’d like tea tea.”  Just a little tip for when you order chai next time.

 

As far as this recipe goes, it’s super simple, tastes better than the boxed versions you can buy in the stores, and doesn’t contain any preservatives. TRY IT!!

First, assemble the spices.  (These kind of turned out looking like a face…)

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chia spices

Wrap the spices up into a cheesecloth and simmer with some black tea bags for about 20 minutes.

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And voila! Strain the liquid, put it in a glass bottle (I used an old wine bottle), and store in the fridge

to use to make the best warm or cold chai drinks ever tasted.

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Chain Concentrate

Ingredients

6 c. of water

1/2 c. sugar or honey

6  black tea bags

1″ of ginger, sliced

3 star anise pieces

4 cinnamon sticks

10 cloves

2 t. peppercorns (black or pink or a combo)

1 t. ground nutmeg

orange peels slices from half an orange

1 1/2 t. ground cardamon seed

2 t. vanilla extract

Directions

1) Bring water and sugar/honey to a simmer.

2) Put the ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, nutmeg, orange peel, and cardamon into a cheese cloth.  Tie with twine and submerge into the simmering water.

3) Simmer for about 20 minutes.  Remove from from heat and allow to cool.  Remove cheese cloth and tea bags, add vanilla extract and store in a glass bottle or mason jar.  Mix with milk or a milk alternatives and drink warm or cold.  Enjoy!