Introduction: Homemade Chai Tea

I love chai tea. I've tried it at a few places, Starbucks, Panera, a few other coffee shops, but nothing's as good as homemade. In this instructable, I'll show you a simple recipe for delicious tea out of things you can find at home.

Step 1: Your Ingredients

To make this, you'll need:

-3 black tea bags (i used some decaf earl grey that was around, use what you want.)
-1 stick of cinnamon
-around 8 cloves
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-2 cups water
-about 3/4 cups* honey
-about 3/4 cups* sugar
-teaspoon ginger#
-dash nutmeg#

*it can vary, but the honey and sugar should add up to about 1 1/2 cups.
#you can add these if you want. some people can tell if they're there or not, but I tend not to use these.

Step 2: Brew!

Here's where the action is. There are 2 ways to do this. I used the first.

Boil your water. WAIT FOR IT TO BOIL!
When you're boiling, drop in your three tea bags, along with your stick of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and optional spices. Stir it until you get the ugly color in the picture below, then add your sugar and honey. Stir, and you're done brewing!

Use a coffee maker! Pour in your water like you'd usually do. Chop your cinnamon stick into small slices, and slice open your tea bags. Then put your ingredients into a coffee filter. Then, it brews.

***For this way, you'll need a 6-inch slice of vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.

Step 3: If You Used the First Way...

Which is kind of inconvenient, some say, but I like being involved.

So, your tea is all brewed and beautiful, but how are you going to get it out?

Elementary, my dear Watson.

Place a large bowl in the sink. Pour your concoction through a strainer into your bowl. Then get rid of the used solid ingredients.

Step 4: Enjoying Your Tea.

Need a hot drink? Fill a mug 1/3 with tea, and the rest with milk. The milk was probably in the fridge, so it's cold now, but you can heat it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Need a cold drink? Put a few ice cubes in a tall glass, and fill it a little less than 1/2 of the way with chai, then the rest milk. Use a straw to stir and suck upon.

Need it for later? Ladle your tea into a Tupperware container, and stick it in the fridge.

Enjoy, and happy Autumn!

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