We have this amazing home recipe for chai tea that we've been meaning to share with you. What does homemade chai tea have to do with leather bags, you ask? A lot, actually. It's about our philosophy - an approach to life that our brand has been founded upon. We built our business around these leather bags because they are made by artisans who invest time and energy into their work all for the sake of quality. It's easy to get swept up by the millions of distractions around us and lose sight of the things we value: creativity, quality, discipline, pleasure. Spending the time to make a batch of chai tea at the beginning of each week versus buying it from Starbucks (or Juan Valdez Cafe, as the case may be in Colombia) reminds us of these values - not to mention, it tastes a helluva lot better. Try it out, and be sure to let us know what you think.
10 black peppercorns
1 thumb of ginger, grated or microplaned
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons cardamom pods (not ground)
2-3 cinnamon sticks
7 C water
1/4 C loose leaf black tea (or 7 teabags of black tea)
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp honey
Milk or milk alternative
(optional) 5 allspice peppercorns
*Note: If you like things with a bit more umph, feel free to increase the quantity of spices!
1. Add the grated ginger, orange zest, spices, and water to the pot.
2. Heat the pot on the stove on high heat until it comes to a boil.
3. Add the tea and lower to a low boil (though make sure the water is still boiling).
4. Boil the pot with the tea leaves for 15 minutes. If you would like to make the tea stronger or weaker, add or reduce the amount of tea, don't boil it for less or more time.
5. Strain the tea, and discard the tea and spices.
6. Stir in the vanilla and honey to the strained chai tea.
7. Add milk to taste.
Drink and enjoy!