Chai tea is a spiced milk tea beverage that originated in India. Some typical Indian Chai spices (called "masala") include ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom.
6 cups water
2 cups half-and-half
8 regular size tea bags (Dar-jeeling or English Breakfast)
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
Masala spice mixture
6 pods cardamom, cracked open
6 whole cloves
2-inch piece cinnamon stick, plus more for garnish
2 (1-inch) pieces crystallized ginger
Combine masala spices and water in a saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and strain mixture into a large pitcher. Add sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Bring to room temperature, then chill. Once chilled, add half-and-half, stirring to blend. Fill tall glass with ice and pour Chai tea over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serves 6.
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