|picking out the perfect tree to drag into the living room|
After dragging our tree into the house and vacuuming a few times, we invited the folks over to listen to Christmas music and decorate the house. I made a pot of Indian chai: creamy, earthy, spicy chai tea. If the only chai you've had is in a cardboard cup from Starbucks, with a splash of non-fat milk, than you won't recognize this special treat.
|Whole spices for Chai|
A few minutes in the bulk spice bins of the local co-op made the chai inexpensive to cook up at home. You can measure the spices to your own taste. I used plenty of cinnamon, cardamom and fresh ginger. More sparingly, I added cloves, all spice and peppercorns.
I use Tetley British Blend black tea because it is my favorite brand, with a strong and smooth flavor that I never tire of. You can use your own favorite black tea, as long as it is unflavored (do not use Earl Grey or other teas with flavors added).
Simmer the spices in water for 20 or 30 minutes. Add the teabags and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and use the flavored tea to heat with an equal amount of milk. I recommend using whole milk for a rich taste.
|Milky Chai tea|