A cup of chai
This looks like a regular cup of tea, but it’s so much better.
It’s a cup of Indian chai, and if you have a chai spice mix (a powder mix not those chai tea bags) its fairly easy to make.
My spice mix is made by my nan, and although I’m not sure exactly what goes into it I know it includes ground ginger, cinnamon and cardamom among other things. Learning how to make my own is definitely on my to do list - there’s no way I’m letting this family recipe die out!
You make chai in a saucepan - fill it with one cup of cold water per person. Add one teaspoon of sugar per person, and about one regular tea bag and a 1/4 teaspoon of chai spice mix between two people. Bring this to the boil and then add half a cup of milk for every two people. Let this simmer for about 5 minutes, keeping a close eye to make sure it doesn’t boil over - if it looks like it might, turn the heat down a little.
For a shortcut, you can skip the milk stage and pour the boiling tea while it’s still black, then add the milk to your cup as you would a regular cuppa.
Note, this recipe won’t make a cup of chai as sweet and intense as what you might get in India, where it comes in a double shot-sized glass and is sweet enough to make even the sweetest-toothed tea-drinker wince. That said, it’s surprising how quickly you get used to drinking it once you’re out there – it ends up being like a morning or mid-afternoon energy boost. For the UK, a big warming mug of hot tea is far more preferable, so the recipe that we use here is a bit milder.