I must confess: I adore my crockpot (I know, how midwestern of me!). Until not too long ago, I'd stuck to traditional crockpot fare like chili and roasts. However, upon receiving a crockpot cookbook as a wedding shower gift, I've been branching out. It turns out you can make all kinds of things in a crockpot - who knew? And in my recent (misguided) attempt(s) to give up coffee, this chai recipe has come in quite handy.
Crockpot Chai Tea
Makes 8 to 10 servings
8 cups water
8 bags black tea
1/2 cup sugar (more if you like it extra sweet)
16 whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks + a dash of ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup milk
Combine everything but the milk in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours. Strain mixture, discard solids. Stir in milk just before serving and refrigerate the extra tea (it'll be good for about a week).
For iced chai, I recommend making the tea a bit stronger. Use one or two extra tea bags and an extra dash of cinnamon and ginger. The perfect summer drink!