During these cold winter months I love to make Chai. Not the kind that comes in a carton that you buy at Safeway. No, I like to brew Chai using whole spices and water in a percolator. I especially like making Chai for Brokers Opens and Public Open houses. The Chai smells divine and gives off a feeling of comfort and warmth in just about any home, and you also have a delicious beverage to offer visitors.
Here are the steps for making your own home-brewed Chai. You'll need:
1. Whole spice Chai, which you can get by going to (shameless plug alert!) www.threetreetea.com;
2. A kitchen;
3. A percolator;
4. Your choice of sweetener;
What you do:
Fill percolator with water to fill line. In percolator basket add 4 - 5 tablespoons of loose Chai. Put basket inside percolator and cover with lid. Boil on high for at least 30 minutes, until the Chai has a somewhat dark color. Keep simmering chai as long as you like. The longer it simmers the stronger it gets.
Serve with sweetener and milk/half & half if desired.
Chai goes well with all kinds of sweets, so don't forget those.