DeStressing Spicy Chai Tea Hot or Cold

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A Glorious Cuppa!

I’ve heard it said that no situ is inherently stressful. We, ourselves, ADD the stress. When you accept WHAT IS, apparently stress dissipates.  I find this tea to be an excellent De-stresser when accepting WHAT IS fails.

6 cups Boiling Water
4 Black Tea Bags (PG Tips Tea is my fav)
1 Cinnamon stick or 1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Cloves
½ tsp. Ginger Powder
1 tsp. Cardamom
1 pinch of Pepper
Clean Natural Colored Muslin or Cheese Cloth
2 Tbsps. Honey or Maple Syrup
2 cups of Milk or Almond Milk
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract

Put a pot of water (about 6 cups) on to boil.   Cut a square of muslin about 5” x 5”, dump the spices in, and tie with natural cotton string or thread (nothing dyed).  Drop spice bag into the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 5 – 10 mins, depending on how strong you want.  Turn off heat, remove spice bag, and add tea bags.  Let sit for 2 minutes.  Stir in honey or maple syrup until dissolved.  Add Vanilla Extract and Milk.  Adjust as desired, you may want more milk and/or sweetener.

Serve up immediately or refrigerate to be drunk later either cold or reheated.

***If you haven’t got fabric for a spice bag, put the spices directly into the simmering water.  After tea bag removal, strain the mix through a fine mesh strainer lined with a paper coffee filter.  The spices will be a slimy mess so it’s not ideal
but it’ll do in a pinch.

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