Caffeine-Free Chai

MC-with-chai-croppedRight now I want a strong flavored hot drink, but I’m all full up on caffeine and looking for something hearty without caffeine. Homemade chai is the perfect solution. Plus this drink is festive and goes well with the New Year.

I’ve had this caffeine-free recipe since the 1970s, long before chai became popular here in the US. We called it Yogi Tea then. I served this to my daughter-in-law for the first time a couple of weeks ago and she and my granddaughter both loved it. I hope you do too. It’s rich, spicy and warming.

Combine water and spices in a medium saucepan. Boil on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Strain out spices. Add sweetener and milk or milk substitute. Serve piping hot.

  • 1 quart water
  • 16 peppercorns
  • 16 cardamom pods
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 6 slices fresh gingerroot
  • 6-7 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk, cream or alternative

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9fb668e64ff8e09b5681e8d47bc9756fPeggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She founded Mothering.com in 1995 and was its editor-in chief until 2012. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two. 

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