Spiced Tea (Chai Masala)

Spiced Tea (Chai Masala)
Serves 2

Known as chai masala in India, this beverage has as many versions as there are teapots. Use a rich, full-bodied tea to match the strength of the spices. Adjust the proportions or the spice mixture to suit yourself.

2-1/2 cups cold water
4 slices of fresh ginger root, about 1/4"-thick and the size of a quarter
3 orange slices, about 1/2"-thick
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. whole black peppercorns
2 teabags (black, green, or mint tea work well)
honey or sugar to taste

Combine the cold water, ginger root, orange slices, fennel seeds, cloves, and peppercorns in the saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes.

Pour through a strainer into 2 cups and add the teabag of your choice to each cup. Steep for 1-3 minutes and add honey or sugar to taste.


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