Chai tea is one of my favorite drinks, but I try to avoid caffeine and it can be hard to find a good chai that is decaf. Yesterday I was craving some warming chai spices to ignite my digestive fire and warm my body. We just returned from a vacation in San Diego and I was in Spring mode, but stuck in a New Jersey winter’s day. So, I was craving something light and refreshing, but warming. The result? A delicious home-made chai lemonade, which was loved by the entire family.
This tea is so simple to make. Just fill a pot with filtered water, then add in the following: 1 cinnamon stick, 1/2 lemon, 1 medium bit of ginger, 1 small knob of turmeric, about 10 cardamom seeds, and about a tablespoon of whole fenugreek seeds. Now, this isn’t your traditional chai of course, but I wanted to also create an anti-inflammatory tonic. Everything in here is fabulous for stimulating digestion, tonifying the intestines and easing inflammation, but turmeric, ginger and fenugreek are the powerhouses of the bunch. The lemon was added for refreshment and I am so glad I did! It really brightens up the flavors and makes it like a spicy lemonade.
Boil everything for about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it sit for as long as you wish. The longer it sits, the stronger it will be. I let mine rest for about 30 minutes.
You can enjoy this hot or cool. Just store the leftovers in a glass jar and put in the refrigerator.