Pure bliss! That's my other name for this chai tea recipe in a jar. If you want to make an amazing looking, smelling, tasting gift that gives peace of mind... here you go!
Chai tea is a unique and wonderful sweetened and spiced creamy milk tea. A more accurate name for it is Masala Chai, masala meaning spiced and chai meaning tea. I first fell in love with this tea as a teenager, scouring the land for the coolest coffee shops, but these days I prefer to make my own from scratch.
One thing that makes this chai tea recipe different from others, is the use of crystallized ginger instead of powdered or fresh. Now all the ingredients for the chai tea are contained in the gift jar (except milk and sweetener) and will stay good for up to 6 months.
Plus, this chai tea recipe takes full advantage of the unique and beautiful spices used, by including lots of whole spices and placing them together in a glass jar to show off the exotic contents.
Still, for a spicier chai tea with even more ginger taste, you can add some fresh ginger to the gift as seen to the right. Simply buy a root and present it in a mug, a bag or a basket with this chai tea mix.
When purchasing these spices, you can find them in the bulk section of most health food stores and well stocked supermarkets. You'll get the best prices by buying in bulk and you don't have to invest in a huge amount of any given spice. You should also be able to find the loose leaf tea and crystallized ginger in bulk.
My final advice is to make extra so you too can enjoy the rich and relaxing aroma that fills the house as it simmers and more importantly, the delicious taste of this whole spice chai tea recipe.
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To Make this Gift Mix in a Jar: Using a glass spice jar or cellophane bag, add tea, spices and ginger in the order given above. Secure air tight lid and decorated as desired. Include a gift tag with directions for making the chai tea (see below). Optionally, you may choose to include a list of the ingredients in the jar so the recipient can make it for themselves again. If desired, give the spice jar with any or all of the following - a small strainer, coffee mug or tea cup, tea kettle and/or fresh ginger root.
How to Make Chai Tea Recipe Gift Tag Instructions:
Pour 2 cups cold water into medium size saucepan. Add chai tea spice mix (if using fresh ginger in addition to crystallized, add at least two 1/4 inch slices of peeled fresh ginger to cold water with the spices). Bring to boil. Turn heat down and simmer 10 - 15 minutes. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups half and half or milk and from 2 Tablespoons and 1/4 cup honey to taste. Bring back to simmer. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 2 minutes. Strain tea into cups and serve hot. Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups of chai tea depending on the amount of milk added.
Present this masala (Indian word meaning spiced) recipe chai tea in a small cellophane bag or in a jar such as the recycled spice jar above. You may want to give it along with a small strainer and/or a coffee mug for a thoughtful twist.
Homemade chai tea is great for sipping and reflecting, relaxing and dreaming. This easy homemade journal could be a great addition to a chai tea mix in a jar gift.
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Free Printable Gift Tag Templates. These gift tag templates can be used to make recipe tags, to address homemade gifts and store bought gifts or to spice up a variety of craft projects.
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