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Homemade Chai Tea Recipe In a Jar

Chai Tea Gift Mix Using Whole Spices

Ingredients (for 1 small jar or cellophane bag)
  • 1 small jar (such as spice jar) or small cellophane bag
  • 3 teaspoons premium loose leaf black tea such as Darjeeling Tea
  • 1 two inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 four to six inch vanilla bean cut in 2 inch pieces
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 8 - 10 cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 inch slice of crystallized ginger
  • Optional to go with mix: 1 inch or larger nub of fresh ginger root with peel (choose ginger root that is plump and juicy not wrinkled)
To Make Mix
  1. Using a small glass jar or cellophane bag, add tea, spices and ginger in the order given above.
  2. Place in an air tight jar or cellophane bag.
  3. Decorated as desired.
  4. Include a gift tag with the chai tea recipe below or print the one provided.
For The Gift Recipient
Chai Tea Recipe: 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.

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