It was around this time last year that I truly discovered chai tea. I’d heard of it of course, seen it on many a coffee shop menu but it just never appealed to me so much that I actually ordered one. And I honestly can’t say what changed my mind one day, perhaps I’d already had one too many coffee’s and needed something different. But so started my love of the cinnamon-y, spicey drink that brings the festive feeling like no other can – except perhaps the ol’ mulled wine!
Although day to day I get my fix from a box of Pukka Vanilla Chai tea, sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics and make it yourself. And it really couldn’t be easier with just a few store cupboard ingredients needed. I got this recipe from a video by the fab Estee Lalonde, you can watch it here, but I’ve simplified it right down to the basics here:
- Grab one/two cups of water, depending on how much tea you can drink, and add a teaspoon of both Nutmeg and Ginger. Throw in a cinnamon stick and boil for around five minutes.
- Add a small cap of vanilla essence and two normal everyday tea bags. Brew for a few more minutes and then strain into your favourite mug.
- Add some milk and maybe some sugar if you like things a little bit sweeter, and then enjoy!
It’s really that simple. Obviously it takes slightly longer and it’s not really an everyday kinda thing, but it’s nearly Christmas so treat yourself!