Type: Black tea blend
Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, vanilla, chocolate
Temperature: 200 degrees Farenheit (just below boiling)
Infusion: 4 minutes (4-6 minutes recommended)
To the right are the dry leaves before preparation.
Alice's Tea Cup is one of my favorite places to buy tea. The restaurant offers full tea service, in addition to tasty scones, lunch dishes, even burgers. When I visit I try a new tea every time, and if I like it, I take home some loose leaves from their shop.
Chai is a traditional Indian tea recipe made of black tea and spices. In India (and in my mother's kitchen), it is typically brewed in boiling milk. However, I brewed the Chai as any normal black tea in water first. Above is a photo of the dark color of the plain tea.
A proper cup of Chai wouldn't be Chai without milk and sugar. That is the way it is drunk in India. I substituted Agave for sweetener, and Rice milk for cow's milk.
The chocolate chai from Alice's Tea Cup is so well balanced. The black tea base really lets the spices come through. I taste the clove and cardamom, and it brings me back to mornings when my mother would serve chai to my brother and I before school.