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Chai Iced Tea

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Here’s our favorite recipe for Chai Iced Tea:

2 cloves

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