I love coffee, I love tea...sounds like the words to a song. But seriously I do love coffee and tea, specifically Chai tea. Well let me get more specific - Chai Latte. Chai is black tea, steeped in milk and flavored with wonderful spices as well as sweetened with sugar or honey. I shared this recipe with you awhile back but thought it good enough to repost. I love warm spicy drinks in winter. What warms you on a cold winter day?
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup of half and half2 teaspoons black tea (only black tea will do)1-2 sticks of cinnamon (I love cinnamon)1 cardomom pod2 whole cloves1/2 piece of star anise1 tsp fresh chopped ginger6 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
Put water and half-n-half in saucepan. Add the tea and spices (I use a large strainer ball and I crush all the spices together on a cutting board before I add them to the strainer with the tea. You could also add it all to water as is and strain at the end). Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring continuously. It is apparently import not to rush this part of the tea making ritural, as the amount of time taken for the process of water, milk, tea, and spices to blend and simmer is important. Add sugar to taste and serve immediately. I have this gaget frother (from Ikea) that I use after I have poured it into the cup to create a bit of creme on the top like a latte. Enjoy!