I did not used to be a tea-drinker.
I still do not drink tea very often, but I am working on that. One of my favourite has become chai tea. I had been working on finding the best tea (in tea bags) to buy, but then I thought: why not just make my own?
I’ve had some amazing chai lattes that I have bought at coffee shops (why aren’t there tea shops?), but they are usually overly sweet. Again, why not just make my own?
Well I can give you one very good reason: the price of the ingredients is much higher than I am willing to pay at the moment. As I am swiftly approaching the end of my college career and my wedding…my bank account is swiftly approaching zero. It seems to be a race, and I sure hope “college-and-wedding” wins, but it is a close one. I know, I know, I am sure that in the end, buying the ingredients and making my own is cheaper than buying coffee shop chai lattes. However, I do not make a habit of buying chai lattes, so who knows.
Fortunately, I am home right now, and my brother also expressed an interest in making homemade chai tea. So, my parents caved, and we got the ingredients. I cut this recipe in half, and we got a’brewin’. We used vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans and we only had ground nutmeg, not fresh nutmeg.
It was pretty good! The smell was amazing. However, I have a few ideas for improving the recipe for next time:
1) Leave out the star anise. I knew as soon as I smelled the strong, pungent licorice smell that it was a bad idea. I just do not like that flavour, and it is unfortunately overwhelming.
2) Increase the ginger. I love the flavour of ginger, and I did not notice any in this brew.
3) USE ALMOND MILK. I do not like the flavour of milk. However, I love almond milk, so I think this alone would improve the flavour by 20000%.
4) Increase the cinnamon. A little. I really like cinnamon, so why not have more?
I can’t wait to make this again, with the improvements. Mmm….