Winter Warming Chai
This Winter Warming Chai is one of my favourite things to drink in Winter. Winter is a great time to spice up your tea, providing a double benefit of warming you from the inside out AND applying healing properties to soothe your potential imbalances. Black tea is quite stimulating and can help to wake up sleepy digestion and moods this time of year. Warming spices help to keep winter digestion happy and healthy. But, while keeping the mind and body warm is important this time of year, too much heat can cause drying effects that can aggravate vata.That’s why I’m a big fan of milk teas in winter or using demulcent (soothing) spices like cinnamon or licorice to stave off the drying or irritating effect that too much heat (or cold) can have on the mind and body. Here’s my favorite winter chai recipe.
Serves 2; Prep + Cooking Time: 10 mins
What’s in it:
- 4 tbsp black tea – 1 typically use assam
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger root
- 6 cardamom pods – crushed to open the pods
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp cacoa nibs (optional – for the chocolate lovers)
- 3 1/2 cups pure filtered water
- 2 1/2 cups milk of your choosing (this can be any kind of milk or nut milk)
How to make it:
Add the water and spices to a sturdy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the black tea and allow to continue at a low boil for 3 – 5 minutes.
Stir in the milk and lower the heat to simmer for 1 – 2 minutes. Strain the warm tea into cups. Top with a pinch of cinnamon.