Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I've been obsessed with chai tea lately. Positively obsessed.
But the boxes of chai tea that you heat with milk become a little expensive after, say, ten or twenty boxes.
Told you I was obsessed.
So My friend Bethany came to visit, and she loves chai tea just as much as I do. So I had a great reason to make the real deal! Like, homemade!
So Bethany and I drank chai tea and talked about life.
It was so much fun.
Did you know that chai tea has black pepper in it!?! No wonder I love it so much.
And since I don't make New Year's resolutions, I'm free to continue drinking chai tea every night of my life.
Adapted from Southern Living
1 T ground ginger
1 T ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups instant unsweetened tea
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup dry powdered milk
1 cup original-flavored nondairy creamer
1 cup nondairy French vanilla-flavored creamer
Add the spices and the instant tea to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until finely ground, about 1 minute. Pour the mixture into a separate large bowl. Do not clean the bowl of the food processor and add the sugar and powdered milk to the bowl. Process for a minute. (This allows the sugar and milk to clean all spices out of the bowl.) Add the sugar/milk to the spice/tea mixture. Add the two creamers to the sugar and spice mixture. Use a whisk to combine. To make chai tea, heat 1 1/2 cups milk or water. Stir in two heaping tablespoons of chai tea mix.