Servings: Serves 8–9
- 8 cups water
- 2 inches fresh ginger , unpeeled and chopped coarse
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 stick (3-4 inches) cinnamon
- 1/2 vanilla bean , split
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons black tea or decaf tea
- 1 cup milk or soy milk
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
Add water, ginger, star anise, cinnamon stick, and vanilla in a large pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer; cook for 40 minutes. Add honey, tea and milk. Bring back to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool to room temperature, strain with a fine strainer or through a strainer and a paper towel or cheesecloth. Refrigerate until chilled.
In a 9 x 13 inch pan (or a pan large enough to fit in your freezer shelf) freeze mixture. When almost frozen, scrape with a fork to break up chai mixture. Re-freeze for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours, scrape again with a fork and return to freezer. When frozen, serve or transfer to a plastic container for later. If using later, allow to melt slightly then scrape again with fork and serve. Garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon, if desired.