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Spicy Home-Made Chai Tea

Make time for some home-made spicy chai tea. This version combines cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, star anise and peppercorns for extra spiciness.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Beverages
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Jackelin


  • 2 cups water
  • 5 bags of quality black tea labels and strings removed
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 8-10 pods of cardamom crushed
  • 3 cloves crushed
  • 10 black peppercorns crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger or 3-5 nickel sized chunks of fresh peeled ginger
  • 2-3 tsp sugar or sweetener of choice adjust to taste
  • 2 cups milk or non-dairy substitute


  • Begin by┬ábringing two cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat to simmer, add the tea bags and simmer for about three minutes.
  • While the tea simmers, place the cardamom pods, peppercorns and cloves in a mortar and pestle and crush lightly (or use the the flat side of a meat cleaver or a wooded spoon to crush the spices). Place the crushed spices and the star anise in the center of a piece of clean cheese cloth (if using) and tie off with a string. Place the spice bundle, cinnamon stick and ginger into the pot of simmering tea.
  • Add the milk or milk substitute and simmer on low heat for about another 12 minutes. Add the sugar and stir.
  • To serve, strain the tea and pour into cups.