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Lightly crush cardamom pods, whole cloves, star anise and peppercorns, and place in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Add ginger, cinnamon and black tea. I like to muddle the ginger a bit right in the pot.
Bring to a boil. Turn off heat (don’t boil the tea, it will get bitter) and let it steep at least 10 minutes…. or for several hours. The longer, the more flavor!
Add your choice of milk. Bring to a simmer once more, turn off the heat.
Stir in your choice of sweetener, taste, adding more sweetener to taste. If it tastes bitter, you need more sweetener. Strain into a chai glass or mug.