Val's Masala Chai...

My friend Valerie brought homemade Chai tea to a little get together once and it was to-die-for! Recently, I got ahold of the recipe and cannot wait to try it out on one of these frigid January days.

Masala Chai Recipe: (serves 2)

1 1/2 c. water 1 inch cinnamon stick 8 cardamom pods 8 whole cloves 2/3 c. milk 6 teaspoons sugar 3 teaspoons loose black tea 1 inch +/-  fresh ginger (grated or sliced) (this is her secret addition, extra spice!)

Put 1 1/2 c. of water in a saucepan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately. Enjoy!