maybe it’s not authentic, but making chai for a snowday in Brooklyn

cup of chai2

1/2 t fennel or anise seeds

4 cardamon pods

6 whole cloves

1 inch piece of cinnamon stick

1/2 t black peppercorns

1 bay leaf

1 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and sliced

1 c water + 1 c milk

1 T black Assam tea

raw sugar

lightly toast spices for about 1 minute or until fragrant

crush spices a bit in motar and pestle, then put in stainless saucepan.

add ginger and milk + water and tea leaves.

bring to a gentle boil then simmer for about 5 minutes.

add sugar if desired

strain into little bitty chai cups

adapted from David Tanis

and thanks to Mr V for the nice red chai cups