Cocktails and Other Fun Things

Chai Tea

It’s a snow day!! The kids are excited to have an extra day off school, and I was pretty happy to sleep in and not to have to make school lunches this morning 😉

The snow that’s been happening in Vancouver over the last few days is nothing short of crazy, and it’s been even crazier where I am, about an hour east of the city. We’ve had close to 40 cm and they’re calling for an additional 10 cm over the next 24 hours (for my American friends, that’s close to 20 inches). We don’t get snow like this on the West Coast, so I think it’s caught most people off guard.

With the snow falling outside and no choice but to stay home, a warm comforting drink sounded like an ideal post to make today. This is actually a recipe I prepared back in the fall for a baby shower a few of us were hosting for a dear friend. The whole shower was themed with a Bohemian bent, including organic, earth friendly gifts, henna and an Indian inspired, vegetarian menu. Sweet and lightly spicy, the Chai was a perfect fit and went over really well with all the guests.

This recipe makes a large batch, but is easily halved or even quartered. It can be made ahead of time and warmed up on the stove or in the slow cooker. It’s also easily adaptable, so feel free to play around with the spices a little bit.

If you’re dealing with snow and cold like we are on the West Coast, I hope this recipe helps keep you warm. Enjoy!!

*Photo courtesy of Tanya Loewen – Wild Honey Art House*


10 Cups of water

2 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise

1 tsp nutmeg

2 tbsp cardamom

10 teabags of black tea (such as orange pekoe)

2 Cups whole milk

1/2 Cup sugar

In a large pot combine the water, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg and cardamom. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and continue to boil for about 2 minutes. . Add the teabags and sugar and stir well. Boil for an additional minute or two (longer, if you like stronger tea). Using a sieve or slotted spoon, remove the teabags. Add the milk to the pot, stir well and heat through. To serve, pour through a strainer into a teapot or cups.




8 Responses to “Chai Tea”

  1. Well we are in Ontario….and happy we are NOT getting all that snow. Usually we do!! As for the tea, chai is a favourite of mine. Totally love the aroma of all the wonderful spices. It is the perfect way to keep warm. Love it for cuddling up under a blanket, beside the fire and reading a good book!!

    • I love the aroma of the spices simmering, too. For the first winter ever, I think I wish I was in Ontario, lol. We’re so not used to or prepared for this kind of thing. Have a great weekend, Gloria!!

  2. HI Natalie,
    I don’t envy you with all that snow, but I do love your Chia tea recipe. It sounds so tasty, soothing and healthy. Hope the snow stops for you soon. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  3. That was some crazy snow we had! And it just kept on coming. It was pretty but I’m glad it’s finally done with. We didn’t get a snow day in Delta, much to my kids’ dismay. This tea looks amazing and so comforting on a cold winter day.

  4. So much snow! We had a few snow flakes but nothing even settled on the ground! Still it is a great opportunity/excuse to make your lovely Chai tea and hide under a blanket! A lovely, warm treat 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday

  5. Hi Natalie,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thank you for sharing your valuable information with Real Food Fridays and helping to make this a healthier world.

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