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This recipe is the culmination of much experimentation in my kitchen. I have omitted black tea, as I am not fond of caffeine. The resulting tea follows in the tradition sprung up on the west coast, particularly the SF bay area, where a fondness for strong spices seems to be most favored, savored and brewed. Add enough soy milk or cows milk to suit your taste.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine water, cloves, fennel seeds, licorice root, allspice berries and vanilla bean. Cover snugly and simmer over medium-low heat for 40 to 50 minutes. Filter into a suitable container and stir in honey. Stir in milk to taste.

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Nutrition Facts

77 calories; protein 1.7g; carbohydrates 16.1g; fat 1g; cholesterol 3.9mg; sodium 21.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
This is by far the best tea I've ever had. I could not find licorice root. I used a few cinnamon sticks too. I also used a lot more honey. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/09/2004
Revision Not at all satisfied with this recipe. With understanding black tea was omitted you cannot possibly call this Chai without the tea. The blend of spices was poorly balanced. The taste of licorice root & fennel was much too much. It was missing cardamom pods and ginger. As well the brewing time was much too long for spices alone. Read More
(33)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2004
Revision Not at all satisfied with this recipe. With understanding black tea was omitted you cannot possibly call this Chai without the tea. The blend of spices was poorly balanced. The taste of licorice root & fennel was much too much. It was missing cardamom pods and ginger. As well the brewing time was much too long for spices alone. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
This is by far the best tea I've ever had. I could not find licorice root. I used a few cinnamon sticks too. I also used a lot more honey. Read More
(21)
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2007
The word Chai is Sanscrit for tea and the highly spiced sweet tea originated in India. The addition of a cinnamon stick is almost required! Through the years (I got the recipe from an Indian living in my area)I have decided to brew with water rather than the milk as done in India and I use mostly green tea with just a few black tea leaves for the rich flavor. I sweeten with honey and do use soy milk. A sneaky way of adding protein to my favorite daytime drink. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2016
I liked this even though I don't like fennel and liquorice flavors. After allowing it to steep the flavors mellow and really create a smooth drink. This was very nice to sip in the evening. Definitely a drink to serve after a meal. Thank you for the recipe. Read More