I was craving one of those chai latte things from Starbucks. But it is TOO COLD for me to leave the house so I used what I had on hand and made something that was close:
Thumb sized glob of ginger, cut into fat matchsticks
1 star anise
10 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
I put all this stuff in a little bag and beat it up with a small skillet. It was very satisfying to do this. Then I put the beat up spices in a saucepan and let it toast for a few seconds until it smelled like spice. Then I put four cups of cold water into the pan and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. This smells AWESOME.
I took it off the heat and added about eight teabags. I wish I could say I used something fancy, but I had Lipton on hand and that is what I used. I let it steep for about 5 minutes.
Then I added a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk into the saucepan. I brought it back to a simmer. Then I strained it and put it in a mason jar. This is concentrated chai stuff so it needs to be diluted in a 1 to 1 ratio. I sweetened it with a little honey, but I really do not like it too sweet. Shocking, if you know me in real life because I like things sweet but tea is not one of them.
I had another cup just now. I microwaved the concentrate with one part water.
And I feel smug that I did not spend $4.50 and go out in the cold. But I did put it in a Starbucks mug because it is my favorite mug.
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