Chai Tea

Makes two mugs

(from Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn: Guilty Pleasure Number Two)

  • 3 cups of milk (I use 2%)
  • 1 knob of fresh ginger peeled (about 1-2 inches)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-6 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • Half a nutmeg clove
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 vanilla bean split in half
  • 3 teaspoons of Darjeeling tea

Directions: Put milk and spices in a saucepan and bring to almost a boil, stirring constantly. Turn off heat. Add three teaspoons of Darjeeling tea, cover and steep for 4-6 minutes. Pour through a strainer into warmed mugs. Add sugar to taste. (Chai is generally on the sweet side, so I add two teaspoons per serving).