In two clean cellophane bags or two 6-ounce jars or bottles, layer all ingredients, dividing evenly. Seal bags or cover jars and store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
To serve, in a large saucepan combine contents of bag with the water. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain through a wire sieve lined with 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth or clean paper coffee filter.
To serve, add honey to sweeten to taste. Makes enough mix for 8, 1-cup servings.
To Present This As a Gift:
You will need a cellophane bag, 18-inch length of 1-inch-wide ribbon, scissors, 2 cinnamon sticks, ribbon, colored paper in 3 colors, decorative scissors (optional), thick white crafts glue, paper punch, cord, and teapot.
Fill the cellophane bag with prepared Chai mix as directed in recipe; tie with a loose ribbon bow. Trim the ribbon ends, if desired. Tie two cinnamon sticks together with a ribbon bow; tuck into larger bow.
For the tag, cut three slightly different-size shapes from colored papers. Cut with decorative scissors, if desired. Glue one on top of the other. Let the glue dry. Punch a hole in one corner. Thread cord through hole. Include preparation directions with gift.
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Personalize a plain glass teapot by painting an initial on one side using paints specifically made for glass. Let the paint dry. Bake the painted glassware in the oven if instructed by the paint manufacturer. Let cool.