Mady loves chai lattes. She receives Starbucks gift cards every once in a while, and that is her drink of choice, followed closely by a Vanilla Bean Frappe. I found a recipe online, and she tried it out, making a few adjustments. Here is the recipe we settled on:
In a saucepan combine 2 cups water, one cinnamon stick, one cardamom pod or about 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom, a small chunk of fresh ginger (crushed a bit to release the flavor), 5 peppercorns, 5 whole cloves, a bit of fresh grated nutmeg, 3 Stevia packets (or 1/4 cup honey or agave). Heat it all until it boils lightly, then turn down the heat and add 4 black tea bags. Let steep three minutes, then add 2 cups milk (soy is fine.) Strain through a fine sieve. The extra can be saved in the fridge for a couple days.
We buy nearly all of our spices in bulk to ensure that they are fresh, and they also cost a lot less this way. It was $1.25 for all the spices I needed to make three batches of chai.