I have always loved snuggling up with a piping hot cup of tea: rose hip, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, you name it. I find great joy in the delicately subtle flavors and aromas of fresh herbs. It wasn’t until I spent a few weeks in India that I really learned to appreciate the complex, bold, yet soothing flavors of spiced teas – Chai tea in particular. The spices in Chai tea are incredibly beneficial: they aid in digestion, boost immune function, reduce inflammation, strengthen your respiratory system, reduce pain and support your metabolism. An added bonus is that sipping on a hot mug of Chai is like drinking a hug; it’s velvety, soft and comforting! With that being said, gift number nine on my 12 Days of Gift Giving list is a recipe for Chai tea!
Chai Spice Mix:
Makes 36 two-tablespoon servings of spice mix
Recipe courtesy Country Living Magazine
Chai Tea Spice Mix
- 1 blood orange, dried and chopped
- ½ cup cardamom pods
- ½ cup cinnamon sticks, crushed
- 2 Tablespoons whole cloves
- 2 Tablespoons black peppercorns
- 2 Tablespoons allspice berries
- 1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
- ¼ cup whole star anise
- ½ cup loose Darjeeling tea
- 1 ¼ cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons Chai spice mix
- ¾ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Darjeeling tea
- Airtight jars
- Pretty labels
- Recipe cards
Chai Spice Mix
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Slice the orange into 1/8” rounds and place in an oven safe baking dish. Bake for an hour, turn slices over and repeat until the oranges are completely dry. They will turn a brownish color when they are done. This is an important step because the oranges will mold the rest of the spices during storage if they still have moisture in them. Once the oranges are completely dry, chop them into small pieces.
- In a medium bowl combine the dried orange pieces and the rest of the ingredients – except the Darjeeling tea – and mix well. Store the spice blend and the tea in separate airtight containers for up to 6 months.
- Simmer 2 Tablespoons of the Chai spice mix with your milk, water, and sugar for about 25 minutes. Add the Darjeeling tea and steep for an additional three minutes. Strain and serve immediately.
I know there are a lot of ingredients for this item, but I promise you, the aroma alone will quickly have you craving a cup of this deliciously tasty and healthy tea! Make this item gift worthy by presenting it in an airtight glass jar with a beautiful festive label. Wrap the spice mix and Darjeeling tea with a tea strainer and matching recipe card so your lucky recipient will know exactly how to enjoy it!