Friday, September 28, 2012

Spicy Chai Tea for Autumn

Somehow, autumn creates a desire for things more "spiced" than what I prefer in the spring or summer. Spices "warm" and become very much a part of the "comfort" of the colder months. Spiced pumpkin pie, spiced molasses cookies, and spiced tea! One such tea is chai, which comes in many forms. Commercially boxed, in large paper cups from a local coffee shop, or homemade from a home kitchen --- chai is sure to warm the heart and hands.  Here's a recipe for homemade chai that I think you'll enjoy.

Spicy Chai Tea for Autumn

2 cups boiling water
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
3 peppercorns (optional)
8 cardamom pods
4 cloves
optional-- shaved orange or lemon rind, fennel or licorice
1/2 cup almond or soy milk
125 ml nutmeg powder
honey or stevia to taste

Pour boiling water over spices in a saucepan, simmer 5-10 minutes. Add milk, simmer another 10 minutes. Pour through a strainer into cups. Sweeten with honey or stevia and sprinkle on a little nutmeg, to taste.


  1. Oh, I'd like to try a cup. That sounds delicious! I just found two pretty English flower teacups at a garage sale today too.

  2. John asked for tea today. That means "autumn" to me. He doesn't want it during the spring nor summer. I have been enjoying my chamomile most of all.

  3. Love chai and have made different recipes at times, but for me it is actually a treat to buy it already made at a coffee shop. Why, I don't know, except it just is a treat.

  4. Yummy, I can just smell the lovely aroma! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds very intriguing, La Tea Dah. And the oatmeal cookies look good, too, especially on that beautiful Old Country Roses dish! (My favorite set.)

    All your fall decor is lovely. Susan

  6. I am with you: fall warmth via chai tea! The fragrance is just right to match the season. Yum!


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