Chai Tea


-1 cup milk
-1 cup water
-1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
-1 cinnamon stick, 3 inches long, broken
-1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and sliced
-8 whole cloves
-10 whole black peppercorns
-3 strips fresh tangerine peel, 1/4 inch wide, 3 inches long
-1 piece vanilla bean, 1 inch long
-1 tablespoon loose black tea leaves such as Darjeeling
-1 1/2 tablespoons sugar or to taste


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the milk, water, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, peppercorns, tangerine peel and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the tea and simmer 10 minutes longer. Strain into pitcher or teapot and stir in the sugar. Serve immediately.


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