A Cup of Chai

There is something about a warm mug of tea hugged between one’s two hands…

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I don’t know, it just makes me think happy thoughts. Fluffy down comforter, flickering flames in the wood stove and a book that pulls you into the story page by page (notice I didn’t say swipe by swipe of the finger tip ;)  – those are the welcome companions of a cup of tea.

That, and a dash of milk, a smidgen of honey and some whipped cream, of course.

Not to mention the heavenly smell of spices wafting through the house.

Have I talked you into a cup of Chai?

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Toss your choice of the following into a sauce pan:

  • freshly grated ginger
  • pepper corns
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • whole cardamom pods
  • a vanilla bean, sliced in half
  • whole allspice
  • star anise
  • black tea leaves

Add about 6 cups of water.

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Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for an hour or two.

Strain into a mug.

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Add some milk and enough honey or sugar or maple syrup to bring out the spicy flavors. It’s a lovely color isn’t it?

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Top with whipped cream and sip ever so slowly.

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You may store the rest in a jar for later. Keep the spices in the liquid for more intense flavor.

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If you could have a good hour on a rainy day with a warm beverage and a book, what would you drink?

Double points for telling us what you would read as well!

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