Even though I have found a few good sources of flavoured black tea's at the markets and a wee shop tucked away in an arcade in a distant suburb that I like to support over the big tea companies, I have been wrestling with making my own for a while. I mean how hard can it be?
Since I have woken up sooooo early this morning (4.45am - it figures, I'm going to be at work till 1am tonight) and the husband is very sensibly sleeping, I decided that I had time to trawl the net and see how exactly you make a chai flavoured tea. I came across this site early on in my search and decided that since she reckoned it was so easy, I'd just go into the kitchen a whip myself up a batch of "random kitchen spice" chai tea!
Here's what I did...
It would seem that I could make a lot a flavored teas at home, maybe adda vanilla pod to some plain large loose tea and let infuse for vanilla tea. What about rose petals for rose tea? Would they be strong enough? Peppermint would be easy enough... What about cinnamon and dried orange peel? Hmmm.... the possibili-tea's seem endless!!! I'll let you know how my future experiments go!
In the meantime - have a look at these sites (and this one) if you are needing some more chai inpsiration!
Green-ness: 5/5 if you are using organic fairtrade tea and spices
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for making something at home that costs about $7 for 50gms for less than 1/2 that!
Time cost: Maybe 10 minutes - if you have the spices and tea in the cupboard.
Skill level: spooning, mixing making a cuppa easy!
Fun -ness: This is fun by the cupful right down to the last mouthful!