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Warming Chai Tea


Making chai tea from scratch is easy and you'll appreciate how the fragrance will fill your kitchen! Your body will appreciate it, too: Ginger and cinnamon contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and both also are warming to the body and soul during the holiday season.


4 cup
2 inch
fresh peeled ginger
cinnamon sticks
cardamom pods
whole peppercorns
whole cloves
whole star anise
black tea bag (Ceylon/Darjeeling)
2 cup
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
brown sugar


Heat water in a medium pot.

In a food processor (such as a Magic Bullet) or with a mortar and pestle, grind up the ginger, cinnamon, cardamom pods, whole peppercorns, whole cloves and star anise. With a mortar and pestle it will be more difficult to grind, but the flavor will still be released from the spices.

Add spices to water and let steep for 5-10 minutes on low heat.

Using a thin slotted strainer or cheese cloth, pour the water into another bowl and discard the spices. Pour the spiced water back into the pan and add the tea bag. Let steep for another 5 minutes.

Remove tea bag; add milk, honey and brown sugar. Let heat for 2 minutes, then serve.


Environmental Tips

  • Make up a pot of chai, store it in the refrigerator to have throughout the week, and take it in a travel mug instead of buying drinks at a coffee shops.
  • Create earth-friendly presents for family and friends by recycling or using small glass jars to make ready-to-go chai tea kits with all the dry ingredients and instructions.
Warming Chai Tea from scratch at Bastyr University
SourceAdapted by Maureen Leonard from an original recipe by Gen Shroder, 2000.
Prep time
5 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
20 minutes