Healing Chocolate Chai

  • 20 whole peppercornsHealing Chocolate Chai
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into 3 pieces
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger, washed, unpeeled, cut into ¼” slices
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 regular-sized bags of Earl Grey tea
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Use a 4-cup glass measure for this recipe.  In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the first six ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then simmer over a medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.  Turn off the heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let it steep for 5 minutes.  Put a small, fine-mesh strainer over the 4-cup glass measure.  Pour the liquid into this and squeeze out the liquid from the tea bags.  Discard all solids.  You’ll have about 2½ -2¾ cups left; set aside.  In the saucepan, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, and milk over medium heat until the cocoa and sugar dissolve.  Pour the tea mixture back into the saucepan and add the vanilla.  Stir over low heat for about 2 minutes.  Carefully pour into 2-3 mugs, or pour this back into the glass measure so you can pour it more carefully.  Serves 2-3, depending on how unhealthy you might be feeling…

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