I’ve wanted to try making this at home probably for at least a year, since I heard from a friend that (whoa) chai tea isn’t exclusively a special kind of tea leaf or blend that is limited to a commercial tea bag.
This first try is yummy, and is perfect for a chillier fall day. It also smells amazing and makes our whole apartment smell warm and spicy.
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 black tea bags
2 cups hot water
Boil peppercorns, cinnamon stick, cloves and 2 cups of water for 5+ minutes until the tea is a dark red brown. Remove from heat and steep black tea bags, or an infuser with black tea leaves. Steep for 5-6 minutes until tea is a dark brown. Stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
I usually add milk, but with the brown sugar, this tea actually tastes nice on its own. I did experiment with adding milk in and that made the tea a bit milder but pleasant as well.
Serve with a bite of dark chocolate, in a cute cup, and with good company!