Homemade Chai Tea

Sip warmth and spice and Buzz Savories local honey - a Chai Tea made for you!
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time : 10 minutes
Servings : 4

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Chai Tea

View from Nebraska on December 13, 2020.


Today,  I awoke to an outdoor temperature of 9 Degrees F., and I feel the chill seeping through windows and walls of the house.

Extreme cold and snow add a dimension to the day that grabs my attention.  Like a walk in the woods or a swim in the pool or a stroll in the park, cold charges-up my energy.


I dress in wool and fleece and get outside for a brief walk, returning to a warm house to  make a remedy for all my complaints and concerns – a  Chai Tea.

Homemade Chai Tea
Homemade Chai Tea
5 spices

Steep these 5 spices in a steaming pot of  water, add black tea leaves, fresh milk and Buzz Savories local honey.  Sip your homemade cup of   light,  warm and exotic Chai and smile.


I’m thinking of all ways to lift the challenges of celebrating the Season in December 2020, and first for me is making and sipping and serving Chai Tea.


I thank Mani Niall and his collection of recipes incorporating local honey in Covered in Honey, 2003..  His easy-lift recipe for Chai follows:

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Homemade Chai Tea

Sip warmth and spice and Buzz Savories local honey - a Chai Tea made for you!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Buzz Savories Honey,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4

What You'll Need:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves (20-22 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed green cardamom pods (26-30) Crush the cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle or a few brief turns in your food processor or place in a plastic bag and crush the pods with a potato masher or bottom of a steel pan. The purpose is to open the pods so the flavorful seeds can escape to spice the tea.
  • ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns (14-16)
  • 3-4 sticks cinnamon If you plan on making the tea a day before serving, use 3 cinnamon sticks because as the spices intensify over time even though they are strained out of the tea. Cinnamon can overwhelm the flavors of the other spices.
  • 8 slices fresh ginger (1/8 inch thick slices)
  • 1 ½ Tb. black tea
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/2- 3 Tb. Buzz Savories Honey

How To Prepare:

  • Bring water to a low boil and add spices. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the Black tea and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Add the milk and honey and bring the tea to a simmer.
  • Strain and serve


The base tea (without the milk and honey) keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for several days. Surprisingly, the delightful flavors intensify even after the spices have been strained and removed. Simply heat with fresh milk and honey to serve.

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