Making a chai recipe Making a chai recipe

Making a chai recipe

By Fallon Keplinger

Making a chai recipe Making a chai recipe

As I am working on my tea sommelier certification, I have to come up with a chai recipe, list the ingredients, and send it in for my teachers to try. I have been working on my recipe for a couple days wondering if I should whole ingredients or powdered. I love the smell of whole cardamon, but I hate using cinnamon sticks because they are so damn expensive. Then I get caught up on whether I should use maple syrup or honey to sweeten my chai. 

Last week when I came home from work I made myself a chai. I just threw some ingredients into a pot, strained it, and drank it. It was the best chai I've ever had but I didn't write down what I put into it. I thought I would remember. I didn't. Everything I've made today taste like garbage. I think I make the best chai when I'm making it for pure enjoyment instead of an assignment. 

Here is what I remember:

2 cups of coconut milk

2 black tea bags ( I used english breakfast. I love my darjeeling too much to experiment with it.)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of pepper

1/4 teaspoon of cardamon (3 -4 cardamon pods)

1/4 teaspoon fennel

2 pieces of crystallized ginger

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

(sometimes I add a few shakes of red pepper to give it more of a kick)

Give it a whirl. If you like it I'm happy and you're welcome. If it is a disaster. . .well. . I'm sorry.