A good alternative to standard black tea is the delicious Chai Masala Tea that has a delightful combination of aromatic spices, milk and sugar.
There are two great recipes to try, one with standard milk and the other with coconut milk. You could also use soy or almond milk for these recipes.
Prepare the spices by opening the cardamom pods and separating out the seeds (all parts are used). Break the cinnamon bark into small pieces. Place all ingredients into a small pot over medium to high heat. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. When it froths, remove the pot from the stove. Return the pot to the stove and heat again. Repeat this several times to add creaminess to the tea. The amount of liquid will be reduced. Strain the tea into the glasses and serve hot.
This concentrate can be added to hot or cold black tea to make a delicious drink.
► For warm chai tea - fill your cup with strongly brewed black tea to halfway. Then top up with the cold chai tea concentrate.
► For a hot chai tea - warm the mixture on the stove or in a microwave and add to hot tea.
► For cold chai tea - Brew your strong tea and cool before adding to the cold chai mixture.
Top each with a dusting of cinnamon and a mint leaf and enjoy!
Place all the ingredients into a small pot over medium heat and stir well. Simmer for 20-40 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally. Strain the tea through a fine strainer into a large glass bottle or container. Seal with a lid and refrigerate.