Ginger Clove Chai

Cool weather sometimes means a cold like the one I have had going since yesterday. The only thing I’m always in the mood for—ginger clove chai. I make at least 4-5 cups at one go & store in a flask by my bedside. Sipping this flavourful chai every now & then helps me forget my throat ache, sneezing and general weakness. It gives me sooo much strength! And I do have to get better soon for a big work presentation next week.

3 cups water
1 cup milk(I use 2%) Update: this was before I stopped milk, now I use coconut milk
Sugar to taste
Spice Mix
1.5” piece ginger, crushed
2 cloves, crushed
3 bags Tetley’s Orange Pekoe Tea
Serves 4

Pots n pans
Mortar & pestle

• Lightly wash ginger root and crush with cloves using mortar & pestle. SOS No mortar, no worries just crush the 2 spices using the back of a spoon on your chopping board. Remember ginger has lots of nutrients just below skin, so I would prefer it if you didn’t peel the root at all, but instead just gave it a good wash. I like to cut a piece of ginger & then wash it so that the big root doesn’t have to suffer a wash or rotting in the fridge with all the moistness.

• Measure water and milk into saucepan, add the crushed spice mix and keep on stove on medium high heat. SOS I’ve tried many different types of tea, and always return to Tetley’s Orange Pekoe which is the closest to giving me a good strong tea. Other teas may be more economical price wise, but don’t deliver the same flavour. Combined with the spices I suggested, this chai tea is pretty spectacular.

• When the ginger clove water milk concoction starts to boil, add tea bags and let come to second boil. Take chai off heat and transfer to mug using tea strainer. Press down upon tea strainer to extract more of the beneficial juices from ginger & clove into your mug.

• Add sugar to taste & enjoy this simply wonderful chai by itself or with some cookies. SOS I have a confession to make —-I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I love to add 2 tsp of sugar in one mug of ginger clove chai.. Its my way of compensating for all the sugar I don’t take in regular foods.. I hope that’s ok 🙂

For a different chai spice blend, consider adding cinnamon if that’s your choice spice. In this recipe I suggested milk but if you’re vegan you can easily replace milk with soy milk for just the same delicious taste..I can even picture almond milk in this chai..

Health benefits
You’ve probably heard of clove oil for warding off toothaches. Cloves are a natural anesthetic (due to the eugenol oil) which is why they were often used for dental procedures in centuries past and are still used in some cultures to remedy toothache. Clove oil is powerful, and often used for medicines both topically and internally.

Cloves can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism. So your belly will also thank you for this tea.

Cloves have been well known as an all around healing herb not just as a digestive aid. As an antispasmodic it can be applied topically to relieve muscle spasms or in a tea to ease coughing. Aha! I see why I love my ginger clove tea so much, esp on days when I’m warding off a cold and cough.

Fun facts
The Chinese used cloves over 2000 years ago! Legend has it that anyone who had an audience with Royalty was required to chew on cloves so that they breathed sweetly upon their Emperor! It was also considered an aphrodisiac in China as well as Persia.

I love to make ginger clove chai when I come home from work every evening. Its sort of the divider between work day and return home time. My tenant and other friends who’re home have also gotten a little addicted to it :). I hope you’ll try this sweet spicy chai for yourself.

–soul of spice–


31 Comments Add yours

  1. moderngirlnutrition says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this out:)

    1. soulofspice says:

      Do let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by;)

  2. petit4chocolatier says:

    Your ginger clove chai looks amazing! I really like the recipe : )

    1. soulofspice says:

      thank you! I can easily see it paired with one of your delectable chocolat creations.. thanks for stopping by..

  3. raji kurup says:

    Infact I drink ginger chai even where there is no cold but have till date never added clove… inspite of it being my all time fav spice. I wonder why? This recipe does add a subtle tinge of spiciness to the whole experience. Thanks for sharing

    1. soulofspice says:

      thanks for stopping by Raji! I too love clove & the combination is just spicy as you put it 🙂 and like you I have this tea every day!!

    2. Arleen Hansen says:

      Tried this one with 1% milk. It was good. For me I think I will steep it longer as I love it spicy!

      1. CharuYoga says:

        Oh! I’m the same, ginger & clove are all season fare for me. steeping longer or boiling longer would also work to get a spicier beverage.

  4. Brittany says:

    This sounds delicious!

    1. soulofspice says:

      Thanks! I look forward to having this as soon as I step home in the evening. Have to agree its Delicious 🙂

  5. soulofspice says:

    oh it is.. Brittany & super easy to make.. thanks for stopping by..

  6. Scrambled Megs says:

    YAY! I have been making saucepan chai as a morning ritual for a while now. I’m so trying your recipe. How good is chai tea! x

    1. soulofspice says:

      I love your morning ritual. another friend does just that & she swears she has never had a cold..thanks for stopping by..

  7. Scrambled Megs says:

    I tried to post before but it didn’t let me? I’m trying this for sure x

    1. soulofspice says:

      sorry about that Meg.. i just checked my spam & your comments were waiting there. along with a whole lot of spam.. I have no idea how yours got there. .I’ll check spam regularly from now on for sure….

  8. putneyfarm says:

    Looks / sounds great!

    1. soulofspice says:

      oh it is and super easy to make.. hope you get to try it out..

  9. Perfect for the cold blustery weather we are having here in London. I love my tea (not coffee) so i’ll definitely be giving this one a try.

    1. soulofspice says:

      London and tea are made for each other 🙂 I can’t forget the lovely high tea that my cousin treated me during my last visit..I loved how its such an art..tea does help forget the weather doesn’t it. thanks for stopping by..

  10. Allison says:

    This sounds heavenly! Wish I had some right now…

    1. soulofspice says:

      I wish I could send some over.. This tea takes you into such a relaxing space..why don’t you plan a trip to toronto sometime so you can visit me & have this tea too 🙂

      1. Allison says:

        I’d love to! 🙂

  11. Charu, I love every kind of Indian chai-s. This ginger clove chai really sounds refreshing. Will you also please give me the recipe for cardamom chai?

    1. soulofspice says:

      absolutely Fae! chai is such a comforting beverage. I find it does 2 things, relaxes me & gives me energy, are these 2 oppposing things possible, yes they are with chai.. I’ll give you the recipe for cardamom chai soon. charu

  12. Ike Rhee says:

    One day I could not find any fresh Ginger at the store. So I went to the spice section and all the ground gingers were sold out as well. Fortunately found one bottle of pricier organic ground ginger misplaced in the wrong section so I purchased it and took it home. Also found some ground cloves. I am always an advocate of eating whole and fresh, but these ground spices are very convenient. I now take them to work and just sprinkle some into my cold bottled water and shake. It is a good way of adding some nutrients to my drink without the calories and caffeine.

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