The Best DIY Spicy Chai Honey Recipe
A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to an amazing thing…. Chai Honey. In a short time, that jar was finished. It was one of the greatest ways I have experienced honey! I have experimented in the kitchen with my own version of this, and I finally came to what I think is the perfect Spicy Chai Honey recipe! If you want to feel as though autumn is wrapping you in a warm, fuzzy, happy blanket, then you must give this recipe a “go”! Great to use in tea, coffee, wine, and smoothies…..
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The spices in chai and the the properties of honey are known to have some pretty amazing soothing affects when you have throat discomfort or feel under the weather. Before I share the recipe, I wanted to explain the spices I used in them:
Cardamom– Cardamom has a strong, unique spicy-sweet taste, which is slightly aromatic. It is often used in Middle Eastern, Indian , and Asian cultures for flavoring food and many health benefits such as supporting healthy gums, respiratory and throat ailments, and digestive health.
Star Anise- another Asian spice that resembles the flavor of liquorice. It is spicy and sweet. It has been used as a main component in influenza medications.
Cinnamon- One of the world’s most common, delicious spices!
Black Pepper- A warm Asian spice known in history as “black gold”. (It once was so valued it was used as currency!) Contains vitamin K and manganese.
Ginger- A SPICY Asian, Middle Eastern root that is known to ease stomach discomfort.
Honey- Besides delicious, honey is known to be soothing to the stomach and throat during discomfort.
Here’s what you need:
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon of freshly minced ginger root
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon of star anise seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup organic honey (use a high grade)
- fine mesh colander or cheesecloth for straining
Here’s what you do:
- Remove the seeds from the inside of the cardamom pods by peeling away the outer green paper shell.
- In a pestle, gently mix together and coarsely crush all ingredients except the honey.
- In a saucepan on low heat, combine all the crushed spices with the honey and bring to a boil. BE careful that the heat is not too high that the honey will scorch. It will burn easily. It will come to a boil in about 1 minute. It will be frothy and very HOT! Boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Use a fine mesh colander or cheesecloth to strain the honey into a 4oz jar after 2-3 minutes of cooling.
- Cover with an air tight lid. Can be stored in a dark, cool space or the refrigerator for longer storage.
- Mix in with your favorite drink or dish, and enjoy!
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