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Chai Tea

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)

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Unfortunately when the chai tea craze hit a few years back it spawned a lot of overly sweetened, often bitter brews. I love the chai made at Horn of Africa in Portland, Oregon, and this is my effort to duplicate it.


  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 thumb-size knob of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 4 or 5 slices
  3. 2 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  4. 2 tsp. loose-leaf black tea
  5. 2 tsp. honey
  6. 1½ cups whole milk


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil with the ginger slices and cardamom pods; lower the heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Turn off heat, stir tea leaves and honey into water, and let steep for 3 minutes. Add milk and turn heat back on to medium; heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. To serve, strain into cups. Add more honey if desired, to taste.