Chai Tea Base


Your slow cooker has probably earned a permanent position on the countertop this season. Give it a break from stews and roasts to make this aromatic, spicy tea. Honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg sweeten and balance out peppercorn, cardamom, and black tea. For a cool twist, serve over ice.

Chai Tea Base
Prep Time:
15 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins


  • 8 cup water

  • cup honey

  • 8 - 12 inch stick cinnamon

  • 1 2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon whole cardamom seeds (without pods)

  • 16 whole cloves

  • 16 whole black peppercorns

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 12 black tea bags

  • 7 cup low-fat milk


  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine the water and honey, stirring until honey is dissolved. Add stick cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, and nutmeg.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Add tea bags. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve lined with double-thick, 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

  3. For each serving, in a small saucepan heat 1/2 cup of the tea base and 1/2 cup of the milk until steaming.

Iced Chai:

Prepare as directed, except serve over ice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

104 Calories
1g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 253mg 5%
Folate, total 14.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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