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Herbal Vainilla Chai - For Kids

(AKA caffeine-free Chai)

Yields 8 Cups

You'll need:

8 C water

2 T cardamom pods

3 cinnamon sticks

10 black peppercorns

3 star anise

8 whole cloves

3 T coriander seeds

2 T freshly squeezed ginger juice (or 2 T minced fresh ginger in a sachet)

3 T maple syrup

1 3-inch piece of  vanilla bean or 2 t vanilla extract

1 C milk (or non-dairy milk)

To make:

1. Bring water and all spices to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Add vanilla bean or extract then, covered, let spices steep for 15 minutes.  Then, return to a boil and promptly remove from heat.

3. Strain and discard spices.  Let tea cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.  Unless you’re having a cup immediately, then prepare as per instructions below, or to taste!

To serve:

1. While tea is settling, bring 3/4 C of milk (dairy or non-dairy) to a simmer and add to tea.

2. Add 3 T maple syrup.

3. Serve in individual cups and ENJOY!

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