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RECIPE: Warm Spiced Chai

  My husband and I have been working on the perfect chai recipe. This is a non-dairy version that is creamy and mild. We love it! Also, it's the best beverage for a cold day. A Hygge selection. Making this tea, crushing the spices, releasing the aroma, is a very comforting ritual. INGREDIENTS 1 pinch fennel seeds About 15 cardamom pods 4 peppercorns 3 allspice 3 coriander seeds A sprinkle of nutmeg 2 pieces cinnamon stick Fresh ginger, 2 thin slices, lightly mashed 2 t. loose black tea (or less) 2-3 t. sugar, to taste 1-2 cups milk (best choice is unsweetened almond milk) Mortar and pestle Tea pot with strainer DIRECTIONS Assemble all spices.  Put fennel seeds, cardamom pods, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds and nutmeg in mortar and pestle. Grind them up. Put mashed ginger and milk into a pot on the stove. Gently heat on medium-medium high. Do not boil. Add the spices. Stir. Heat this slowly and let the spices infuse the milk for about five minutes. In the me

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