Ingredient

¼ cup loose-leaf black tea

2 tbsp black peppercorns

4 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp cardamom pods

5 cloves

1 whole nutmeg

Material for the tea bags 

Spice grinder or mortar and pestle

Container for the spice mix

 

Material for the tea bags

Cheesecloth

Butcher’s twine

Washi tape

A teaspoon

Scissors

Grind spices coarsely, one spice at a time. The idea is to break them down to release their flavours, without reducing them to a powder.
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Combine the spices, add the black tea and stir gently. The preparation of chai tea blend is completed.
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Cut squares of cheesecloth, approximately 4” by 4”.
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Drop two teaspoons of spice mix in the centre of a square.
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Draw the cheesecloth into a little bundle and secure with butcher’s twine. Be sure to leave enough twine to attach the tags.
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Create a little tag at the end of the twine by folding a rectangle of washi tape in half and cutting it diagonally to make a flag.
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Once the tea bags are ready, store them in a pretty jar with a hermetic lid.
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Voilà! Your gifts are ready to be given to your friends who need a little bit of comforting.
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