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Spiced Indian Chai Iced Tea

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

 

  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.

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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