Holiday Chai Latte
One of my favorite cold weather brews, for celebrating special occasions, or just because…Enjoy its enticing morning aroma while simmering!
4 cups water
2 whole star anise pieces
5 crushed green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp whole cloves
1 TB finely diced ginger root
1 TB finely diced turmeric root
2 tsp of matcha (or 4 green or black tea bags)
1 cup milk of your choice, including non-dairy options ie – coconut, cashew, almond , rice, hemp milk
liquid stevia to taste (or local raw organic honey or Vermont maple syrup)
Bring water, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, cloves, ginger and turmeric root to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add matcha (or green or black tea bags). Simmer gently for 3 more minutes. Strain and pour into 2 mugs. Stir in ½ cup of warmed milk in each. Sweeten to taste. For a special treat, add your chai to a blender (I use a Magic Bullet) and froth.