Yesterday I shared my delicious chai tea blend, so today I thought it would only be fair to show another chai recipe that boosts the festive quotient of this rich brew. I added toasted almond slivers to add a creamy richness to the blend which pairs nicely with the grated nutmeg. The star anise adds a bright kick that plays well with the cardamom. Be careful with the nutmeg: like cloves, it can easily overtake the other flavors so I wouldn't add more than what's given below.
1 cup Assam black tea
1/2 to 1 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 to 1/3 cup toasted almond slivers
1/4 to 1/3 cup pink peppercorns
1/4 cup star anise
1/4 cup dried ginger
1/4 cup cardamom
1/8 cup clove buds
1-2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
Blend ingredients and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Make about 2 cups. To brew, add 1 tablespoon to 8 oz boiling water (you need your tea this hot to open up the spices). Make sure to brew this loosely in a teapot or a big strainer--you want the hot water to circulate around the spices to really get maximum flavor. Add sugar and milk if desired. I also brew this in a pot on the stove using equal parts milk and water--absolutely wonderful! Enjoy!
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