DIY Tea for Two

I’m more of a coffee drinker at heart, but when those cold, harsh winter winds start to blow, I crave the warming, soothing qualities that can only be found in a cup of tea.  Many natural herbal-based teas promise to have medicinal qualities, to boot.  And we all might need a little TLC following a busy Thanksgiving weekend!

The Brits have the corner on the market on tea in the Western world, to be sure.  But Americans consume 7.8 gallons per capita annually – that’s nothing to scoff at!

 

 

If you’re like me, I don’t like my tea “straight,” but prefer to doctor it up with honey, sugar, and even cream. Also, brewing store-bought teabags bores me, and I prefer to create batches of tea that have a more complex depth of flavor that I can use when the mood strikes.  Here’s an easy one to try!

 

Winter Chai Tea

4 cups loose Darjeeling or Rooibos Tea

1 cup cinnamon chips

1/3 cup ground nutmeg

1 cup dried ginger

1 cup cardamom pods

1/2 cup whole cloves

4 vanilla beans, cut into small pieces

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  To brew, place one teaspoon of mixture in a tea ball or infuser with one cup of hot water. Steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove tea and sweeten with raw honey and add cream if desired.
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