Traditionally, chai is a blend of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, black pepper and vanilla. It’s brewed by street vendors across most of India, but now has become a popular drink across the world. Chai is served either hot or cold, but always creamy, very spicy, and puckeringly sweet.
For an individual serving: In a pot, add ½ cup water and 2 teaspoons sugar or honey. Bring to a boil. Add one heaping teaspoon of chai and ½ cup whole milk. Whole milk works best, though lighter milks may be substituted. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. Strain through a fine filter into a mug, or for larger batches, just dip your mug into the pot while leaving the chai grains on the bottom of the pot. Sip slowly and relax… For a group, add 1 teaspoon chai per 8 oz mug and increase portions of water, milk, and sugar or honey accordingly.