With just a few basic healthy ingredients, this homemade chai tea is a quick and easy recipe, that is also delicious and inexpensive to make.
Today was the first day since June that I did not wear my flip flops. That means only one thing: the cold weather is here. Although yesterday was warm and sunny, today we will dip down to a low of 35 degrees! For me, this chilly weather calls for one of my favorite beverages: homemade chai. With just a few basic ingredients, this recipe is easy, delicious and inexpensive.
- 6 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 inch ginger, sliced
- 8 cardamom pods
- 6 whole peppercorns
- 1 bag peppermint tea (or 1 tablespoon loose peppermint tea)
- Combine all ingredients in a pot and place on stove over medium heat
- Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 minutes
- Strain into mugs
- Serve piping hot with agave and almond milk (optional)
This recipe for homemade chai tea is simple and, on a cloudy day, very satisfying! Another healing vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten-free beverage for a chilly day. Enjoy!
Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made it several times and it is delicious!
Karen, thanks so much for letting me know this recipe is delicious!
Hello! Can you please tell me what “8 pods” mean?
Tammy, that’s cardamom before it’s ground into powder. There are cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods :-)
Thank you! (There aren’t enough exclamation points.) I’ve been desperately searching for coffee alternatives that don’t include flowers or grasses which I’m allergic to, and recipes that don’t include black tea. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks, again, for being so free with your recipes–they almost always turn out well for me (unlike recipes I’ve tried from many other sites).
You’re welcome Julie!
aakanksha soni says
fabulous and refreshing drink. In India we keep mixed powdered dry spices (dry ginger, black pepper,cardamom, cinnamon cloves) and add it while making tea.
Black peppercorns! That is what I was missing from my own concoctions. I tried yours today and love it!
You are awesome and we love you :)
Thank you for inspiring and motivating us to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.
I made this last night with a bag of black decaf tea. Yum! I added a bit of full fat coconut milk and it was a great pre-bedtime treat. Thanks!
Judy Battenberg says
I also have to / choose to stay away from caffeine as much as possible.
My question is this ~ I am wondering if I can substitute my Cinnamon Essential OIl and Clove Essential Oil for the cinnamon sticks & cloves . . . adding both after the simmering process is complete – just before serving so as not to alter the properties of the EOs? Has anyone tried this substitution? Thanks
Annelize Smith says
instead of peppermint tea – you can also just put a few peppermint cuttings (3-4inch) in the cup and stir your mix with it – very refreshing!