Vanilla Chai Tea

  • 8 whole peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 individual tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • Ground allspice


  • Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl; with the end of a wooden spoon handle, crush spices until aroma is released. Add the tea bags, honey and boiling water. Cover and steep for 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat milk. Strain tea into a heatproof pitcher; stir in milk and vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, beat whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Serve individual servings of tea with whipped cream; garnish with ground allspice. Yield: 6 servings.To Make Ahead: Whipped cream can be made a couple of hours in advance; cover and refrigerate.

Nutritional Facts1 cup with 2 tablespoons topping equals 131 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

From Taste of Home

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