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The weather is turning colder and colder and we had first signs of snow too. Now all I wanna do is cuddle with my man, watch a movie and drink some tea. I love chai teas and so I made a syrup to quickly have some mixture ready whenever I want some flavored tea.
btw. I was surprised to find out that “Chai” originally only refers to “tea” in general. In Germany we use “chai tea” to ask for flavored black tea, weird world..

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Masala Chai – Tea Syrup

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what do you need?
1-1/2 cups of water
1-1/3 cups of sugar
4 star anise
4 cinnamon
4 TL cardamom
1 piece ginger (app 5x5cm/2x2inches)

how to make it?
add star anise, cinnamon and cardamom into a pan and slowly start to roast for about 5-10 minutes at medium heat. Don’t add any kind of oils and take care not to burn the mixture. Set aside.
In another sauce pan mix water and sugar and start to boil. In the meantime peel and cut the ginger.
Now add ginger and roasted herbs to the boiling water/sugar mix and let it simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
Set aside and let it cool before you start pouring the syrup into decorative bottles.

want a Chai Tea right away?
Make a black tea (I prefer earl gray), add a 1-2 tablespoons of the syrup to the tea and you have a Masala Chai Tea.
Make it the latte version? just add milk ^__^

let’s toast!