RECIPE: HOMEMADE SPICED CHAI

True spiced chai is an indescribable treat. The stuff out of the box is just no substitute. It may seem daunting to make chai on the stovetop, but after a few times you'll get the hang of it. It's pretty straightforward!

DID YOU KNOW?

Things to know about this scrumptious beverage:

- Chai means tea. Masala chai is spiced tea, and is what America typically thinks of when we hear the word chai. There is no such thing as chai tea... that just means tea tea :)

- It's traditionally made with water and milk, but just about any milk substitute will do if you prefer a vegan or lactose free option, such as almond, oat or coconut milk (the beverage in the carton, not the thick cream stuff in the can).

- spiced chai is often made with CTC ('crush, tear, curl') leaves, which is a lower-grade, machine-processed black tea. Our Harvest Spiced Chai is actually made with orthodox, hand-rolled black tea leaves sourced directly from the Assam tea region in India. This tea gives a more rounded flavor and will not turn bitter.

- Makes a great impromptu tea party. Chai is always delightful, but especially when shared!

RECIPE

This recipe will make 2 servings. Double it if you have company, or half it if you just want one cup.

STEP 1. MILK, WATER AND CHAI

Combine in a saucepan 1.5 cups water, 1.5 cups milk and 1 tablespoon  Harvest Spiced Chai blend. You do not need to use an infuser for this as long as you have a strainer on hand. Just toss the tea straight in.

    STEP 2. BRING TO BOIL, THEN SIMMER

    Bring the ingredients to a boil (watch the stove so that it doesn't boil over!). You can use a lid when waiting for it to boil, but then you'll want to take it off once it does.  This allows a little bit of liquid to evaporate and concentrate the chai into a richer drink. Turn your burner down to about medium, and let it simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. A nice simmer will have small bubbles coming up to the surface, but not large ones.

    3. SWEETEN TO TASTE; STRAIN AND ENJOY

    After about 10 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in your sweetener of choice to taste, around 1 tablespoon total (this is 1.5 teaspoons per cup). Sugar is traditional but honey or maple syrup are excellent options. Then, strain your beautiful spiced concoction into mugs...and enjoy!

    Notes: You can use more milk and less water, or less water and more milk, depending on how rich you like it. Whole milk vs skim milk vs milk substitutes will all yield different consistencies. It's best to experiment with it and see what you like best.

    NOTES

    We suggest half milk and half water, but some people like it with less milk, or more. The thickness of the drink will also change depending on if you are using whole milk, skim milk, coconut, soy or nut milk, etc. There's no one right way, so feel free to experiment. You might try 1 cup of milk and 2 cups of water, or vice versa!

    Another way of making chai you can try is the double boil method. Start with water and spiced chai only, and bring it to a boil. Be careful that it doesn't boil over; once it is bubbling, add in the milk and sugar. Bring the whole thing to a boil a second time, and then it's ready to strain and serve.