December 19, 2011 by Flora Dawn
We love a good tea at our house, so when I saw a recipe for a Chai Tea Mix in a Christmas with Southern Living cookbook I knew we’d have to give it a try.
This recipe is super easy to make, the most time-consuming part is probably accumulating all the ingredients. And with no actual cooking required, it’s a great kitchen project to make with even the youngest chef (who could do everything but use the food processor). The end result is a spicy, flavorful Chai Tea Mix perfect for a cold winter day; and perfect for gift-giving as well. It also smells amazing, like a spicy, holiday potpourri.
We tried the mix dissolved in water, milk, and soy milk. And although they all worked, we think the Chai Tea tastes much better made with milk or soy milk; the version with water tasted very weak.
Although I have an embarrassing amount of spices in my cupboards, if these aren’t spices you typically use, you’ll need to collect a few things. I would check out a grocery store with a bulk foods department for small amounts of these spices (at incredibly low prices); however, most baking aisles are full of 50% off spices this time of year.
Here’s my daughter mixing up all the ingredients.
And the finished Chai Tea Mix all jarred up and ready to give away.
Chai Tea Mix
Makes 5 1/2 cups mix.
If you don’t have superfine sugar, you could use regular granulated sugar; however, you’ll want to place it in the food processor with the tea and spices.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
- 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup powdered nondairy creamer
- 1 cup French vanilla-flavored powdered nondairy creamer
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tea and spices. Blend for about 1 minutes, or until mixture becomes a fine powder. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients, stirring until mixed thoroughly.
- Spoon tea mix into gift jars and label with a tag with the directions: “To serve, stir 2 heaping teaspoons Chai Tea Mix into a mug of hot milk.”