Here’s our favorite recipe for Chai Iced Tea:
4 tea bags(such as Darjeeling or orange pekoe)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 ginger root
2 cardamom pods, broken
1/4 teaspoon aniseed
In large heatproof measure or bowl, steep tea bags in 8 cups (2 L) boiling water for 4 minutes. Discard tea bags.
Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, aniseed and 1 cup (250 mL) water to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until clear and spices infuse, about 5 minutes. Add to tea; let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve into pitcher. Serve with ice cubes.
Makes 8 cups