Straightforward Do-it-yourself Chai Tea Combine

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This easy homemade chai tea mix recipe is a delicious alternative to store-bought chai tea, plus it makes for a great homemade gift! And the best part is that all you need to make it is a little black tea and spices that you probably already have on hand!I’ll be sincere… I’m not a tea drinker. In truth, I might in all probability go the remainder of my life with out consuming one other cup of tea and I’d be alright. However take away my espresso and I’d have a tough time even getting via the day!

That being mentioned, I do drink tea every now and then, however I’m fairly selective about what variety of tea I drink. It has to have the identical daring flavours {that a} good espresso has, and for that cause just about the one tea I actually take pleasure in consuming is chai tea.

 

What precisely is chai tea anyway?

Chai tea originates from India, and funnily sufficient, calling it chai tea is definitely a little bit of a misnomer as a result of chai actually means tea in India! So technically chai tea actually means “tea tea.” 

However chai as we all know it’s a very distinct sort of tea, made with black tea and a combination of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger (amongst others).

The chai tea combination is then steeped in water and dropped at a simmer over warmth to extract most flavour (and medicinal advantages) from the tea and spices. Lastly, milk and sugar/sweetener is added, after which the liquid tea is strained into mugs to be loved. (You possibly can additionally pressure the tea after which add heat milk and sweetener, however I like including it earlier than straining because it will get heated in the identical saucepan and much more flavour will get extracted and infused proper into the milk).

Chai is admittedly scrumptious and virtually as invigorating as a wealthy latte, particularly on a cold fall or chilly winter day. And whereas I do are inclined to preserve a number of chai tea baggage readily available for fast steeping, there’s nothing like selfmade chai tea, made with crushed entire spices and looseleaf black tea.

However lest you suppose that making your individual chai tea from scratch is troublesome, let me reassure you that I wouldn’t waste my time making it myself (or sharing the recipe with you) if it was.

This easy homemade chai tea mix recipe is a delicious alternative to store-bought chai tea, plus it makes for a great homemade gift! And the best part is that all you need to make it is a little black tea and spices that you probably already have on hand!

The best way to make selfmade chai tea combine

Making your individual selfmade chai tea combine is definitely tremendous straightforward, and it takes only a minute or two to whip up a fast batch! 

You can also make it contemporary if you’re within the temper for sipping some chai or you can also make up batches forward of time and preserve them in your shelf.

This chai tea combine additionally makes a terrific selfmade reward, particularly for Christmas. Bundle it in a Mason jar or an ornamental bag or pouch, connect a fairly label and a recipe card (I’ve acquired printable variations of each beneath the “Labels” part of my Free Useful resource Library), and also you’ve acquired a easy however spectacular selfmade reward for all the tea lovers in your listing! (And even us espresso lovers too;)

Begin by gathering your substances, which embody

  • Looseleaf black tea (Assam or Darjeeling are greatest… I take advantage of organic Assam tea)
  • Spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice berries, cardamom pods, entire cloves, black peppercorns and floor ginger)

Utilizing a mortar & pestle (I really like this handmade stoneware mortar & pestle from Roots & Harvest), gently crush the entire spices to interrupt them into smaller items and launch their fragrant oils. Add the tea and the bottom ginger and blend effectively to mix. And that’s it! Simply switch it to a jar and it’s able to go:)

As for brewing selfmade chai tea, you’ll of want some water to steep the chai tea combine in, some milk or cream (or non-dairy milk) and a few elective sweetener of alternative (I desire honey).

The recipe under makes sufficient for two servings, or about three cups of completed chai tea.

The chai tea combine by itself makes about ¼ cup and suits properly in a 4oz Mason jar or related.

Whether or not you make this for your self or for another person, you’ll need to label your selfmade chai tea combine. Make sure you obtain the printable labels I take advantage of. You’ll discover them –together with some printable recipe playing cards for gifting– beneath the “Labels” part of my Free Useful resource Library.

This easy homemade chai tea mix recipe is a delicious alternative to store-bought chai tea, plus it makes for a great homemade gift! And the best part is that all you need to make it is a little black tea and spices that you probably already have on hand!

You may both print the labels on common printer paper after which minimize and paste them, or they’re designed to suit these brown kraft paper sticky labels (the identical ones I take advantage of for labelling all of my selfmade goodies).

When you’re gifting your chai tea combine, print out the recipe playing cards and paste onto card inventory and embody the recipe together with the tea. You possibly can even package deal it together with a set of mugs for a cheap however spectacular reward from the center!

Lastly, if and if you do make this recipe, be sure you go away a evaluation under to let me know what you suppose! Or take a photograph and tag me @thehouseandhomestead over on Instagram and I’ll fortunately re-share:)

Oh, and above all else, take pleasure in!!!

Substances

  • 2 cinnamon sticks, damaged into items
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1 teaspoon entire cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon entire cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon entire black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon grond ginger
  • 2 tablespoons looseleaf black tea

Directions

    1. Utilizing a mortar and pestle, gently crush the cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, allspice, cloves and black pepper seeds. I discover it best to crush every spice one by one.

    2. Add the bottom ginger and black tea and use the pestle to combine them with the spices.

    3. Bundle in a Mason jar or an ornamental bag or pouch, add a fairly label and fasten a recipe card (you can also make your individual or obtain the labels and recipe playing cards I take advantage of from my Free Useful resource Library) and both retailer by yourself shelf or reward to somebody you’re keen on!

Notes

To make the Chai Tea

Substances

1 jar/package deal chai tea combine 
2 cups water 
2 cups milk or cream (or non-dairy milk substitute) 
1 tablespoon sweetener of alternative (sugar, honey, maple syrup)

Instructions

1. Switch chai tea combine to a medium saucepan, together with 2 cups of water. Convey to a boil, then cut back warmth to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Add 2 cups of milk or cream and one tablespoon honey (or different sweetener of alternative). Convey again to a simmer over medium warmth and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 

3. Pressure, serve and revel in sizzling!