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Emma Makes Chai

Winter for me is a time to revel in coziness. This means a lot of knitted woolens, fire- or more practically- candle light, and of course deliciously spiced chai tea.

I like to make mine from scratch. My favorite way to make chai is to take loose black tea leaves and put them directly in a pot with 2 parts milk to one part water (this ratio can be varied according to your taste), then I put about a teaspoon of sugar for each cup of liquid. To this base I add spices to suit my mood. The staples are cardamom pods, a few thin slices of fresh ginger, black peppercorns, a cinnamon stick, and if I am feeling extra indulgent I will throw in some star anise. Once you've added any or all of these to your chai, heat it up and let it simmer for a bit- 5 minutes should do it. Strain, or if you're like me and prefer the more labor intensive route, pick out all of the tea leaves and spices, pour your concoction into your favorite mug and enjoy.

January 25, 2008
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