To start the chai, combine the milk and water in a pot over medium heat.
*Note: For a non-dairy Chai, use either almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk instead of regular milk.
Add the cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, whole peppercorns, ground ginger, orange peel, and sugar. Whisk everything together and let it come to a slight boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
Bring it back up to a boil and add the teabags. Turn off the heat and let steep for about 2 or 3 minutes. Once steeped, strain the chai and serve.
- 1 cup homogenized milk*
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1 large cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise
- 5 whole cloves
- 1/2 to 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 pieces dried orange peel - can substitute with 1 piece fresh zest
- 1 to 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tea bags (orange pekoe)