Homemade Chai Tea

This is a very popular drink in Mary Ann's family. Her mother has been making Chai Tea from scratch for quite a few years now, and a big batch is often asked for this time of year. We hope you find it just as delicious as we do and pass it down through the family like we plan to.

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  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns

  • 10 whole cloves

  • 6 cardamom pods

  • 6 cups cold water

  • 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan.

  2. Using mallet or back of large spoon, lightly crush or bruise spices.

  3. Add 6 cups water; bring to boil over high heat.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan, and simmer gently 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes (the longer you let the steep, the stronger the tea will be, so this is up to preference). Discard tea bags.

  6. Add milk and sugar. Bring tea just to simmer over high heat, whisking until sugar dissolves.

  7. Strain chai into teapot and serve hot.

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