We added fresh turmeric to traditional chai spices for that extra immunity-boosting oomph. With a milk tea this tasty, who needs a latte?
1 1/2 cups water
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds
1-inch piece fresh turmeric root, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 star anise
3 whole cloves
3 green cardamom pods
3 black peppercorns
3 to 6 tablespoons honey, to taste
1 1/2 cups milk (dairy, soy, coconut, etc.)
2 black tea bags (such as PG Tips)
Caution: Turmeric stains skin, surfaces, and clothing. Use gloves and cover surfaces with plastic wrap. Check out our stain removal tips.
In saucepan, add water, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, and peppercorns. Using back of large spoon, crush green cardamom pods on cutting board until seeds are released. Add seeds and pods to saucepan. Bring to boil, then let simmer 3-5 minutes or until fragrant.
Add milk and tea bags, and bring to simmer; be careful not to boil milk. Steep 3-5 minutes more. Remove from heat. Remove and discard tea bags.
Stir in honey. Strain and discard solids. Serve hot or cold.