Chai TeaCuisinart Original Recipe
4 cups water
3 whole cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
2 teaspoons cardamom pods
3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
4 teaspoons loose black tea, such as Darjeeling
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/3 cup cold whole milk
1. Combine all ingredients except the sugar and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and steep mixture for 15 minutes.
2. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a clean saucepan. Add the brown sugar and cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and slightly reduce the tea. Remove from heat and measure out 1 cup of tea into a mug.
3. With the warming stirrer in place, add the milk to the tank and press the hot milk button. Pour milk into tea and stir. Serve immediately.
*This recipe makes more tea than is needed for a single serving; however, we like to prepare this as a larger batch for having on hand when desired.