Nourishing Chai Tea

Nourishing Chai Tea

“Chai” is actually the Hindi name for tea, and is itself derived from “cha” which is the Chinese word for tea. Basically, by definition, chai simply means “tea”.     A few tea bags, spices, milk, and sweetener are all you need to make this soul-soothing cup of chai.



  • 6 cups water
  • 12 black tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 10 whole cardamom pods or 60 cardamom seeds
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 20 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar, adjust to taste
  • 1 vanilla bean, or 2 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Add tea bags, spices and vanilla bean (if using extract, hold off until the end to add it.) Remove from heat and let steep 15-20 minutes, longer, depending on how strong you want it.
  • Strain and add the brown sugar and vanilla extract if using. Stir to combine.
  • Mix ½ cup concentrate with ½ cup any type of milk. Heat on stovetop. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy for up to 2 weeks.

Leave a comment