You have received your delicious blend of herbal chai, and now you are trying to choose the best way to prepare your chai. There are a few different methods to go about this. Here is my favorite way:
In addition to your spices, you will need milk, water, and sugar (or honey).
- Simmer one part milk, one part water in a saucepan (around 8oz total).
- Add a tablespoon of spices.
- Bring water, milk and your Chai Garden blend to boil in a small saucepan on the stove.
- Reduce heat and allow chai to simmer for a few minutes.
- Stir in your sugar/honey to taste.
- Strain into a mug.
A few tips:
- I prefer to crush my spices in a mortar and pestle beforehand. This isn’t necessary, but it really brings out the rich, robust flavors and aromas of the spices. (If you don’t have a mortar a pestle, you can buy one here.)
- Before crushing my spices, I keep a few of the larger spices aside (star anise, a cardamon pod, and a cinnamon stick), and add them separately to the milk/water before boiling.
- If you have dairy/sugar sensitivities, you can substitute with other ingredients; I personally enjoy my chai with organic coconut cream/almond milk and raw honey.
- You’ve heard the saying, “a watched pot never boils”? Well, a chai watched pot always boils. And if you don’t watch it, it will boil right over!! Watch it boil, and quickly simmer when it starts to rise.
- Sip through a cinnamon stick for extra delight.
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