Fever Chai can bring some relief to fever symptoms, but you may make it without the milk for someone who’s experiencing a fever related to a respiratory illness, as milk can exacerbate symptoms of congestion.
• 8 whole cloves
• 8 spicebush berries
• 7 twigs spicebush (broken to equal about 2 ounces)
• 2 sticks cinnamon (smashed)
• 1 cardamom pod
• 1 tablespoon fresh sliced ginger
• 1/2 star anise
• 2 cups water
• 4 to 6 cups milk (or almond milk)
• 2 tablespoons black tea
• Sugar or honey to taste
1. Crush all the spices lightly with a mortar and pestle and place them into a saucepan.
2. Cover the spices with water and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the water has reduced by half.
4. Add the milk to the saucepan and bring back almost to a boil.
5. Remove from heat. Add the black tea, cover, and steep for 5 minutes before straining.
6. While still warm, add sugar or honey to taste, and then use a milk frother to whip your chai.
7. Serve immediately.Learn more about growing and using spicebush in Cherishing Spicebush.