Hello, Monday. I can’t say I was entirely prepared for you. Can’t say I’m really that crazy about you in general. Sooo….how to make Monday a little less gloomy? How about adding some chocolate to our morning chai? WOAH, what a magnificent way to treat yourself! If I do say so myself…I’d have to call this a ‘YOLO’ moment. I can feel a new Monday tradition coming on…
- 2 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black peppercorn
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 inch of peeled ginger, thinly sliced
- 2 bags of black tea (or loose leaf black tea)
- 3/4 cup milk (I like to use unsweetened almond milk to keep it vegan)
Place cardamon pods, cinnamon sticks, cocoa powder, black peppercorn, cloves, anise, and ginger in a small saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring water to a boil and then let simmer for about 15 minutes (more or less depending on how strong you like your chai). Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Let tea steep for about 5 minutes.
Strain liquid into a mug and discard leftover spices (or save them for a later use). Rinse out the saucepan and add milk to it. Let the milk come to a simmer and use a whisk to make the milk frothy. Top off the chai with milk and serve warm.
Feeling a little bratty this morning: