Fall weather calls for a warm mug of chai! It's so easy and affordable to make on your own.
Cardamom pods (or seeds as seen here)
3c any kind of milk
5 black tea teabags
Boil water and toss in the ginger and all the spices and turn the heat to low. Wait a few minutes and add milk (I'm a little sensitive to lactose so I prefer almond milk). Once it comes back to an almost boil, turn off the heat and add teabags. Steep for 5-7 mins, longer if you like a stronger tea taste. Add honey to taste. Strain and serve! Makes about 6 cups.
It's not an exact science so smell the different spices and add more of the ones you like and less of the ones you don't like. You can also throw some whole black peppercorns into the mix if you like a little heat! Want some nutmeg? Grate some in! Want it creamier? Use all milk and no water! Want a decaf version? Don't use teabags! Use this to make a delightful dirty chai! What's dirty chai?? Half chai half coffee. Yum.
*note: if you are using cardamom pods, the flavor is much stronger. Use about 3-5 pods and be sure the crack open the pods with the flat side of a knife or your hand before tossing them in!