Spiced Chai to Warm Your Soul (and Make You Toss Your Teabags)

Recharge with this tea-based beverage in the morning or afternoon. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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2 tablespoons black tea
3 whole cloves
1 star anise (or other aromatic spice)
1 whole cinnamon stick
4 cups boiling water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or 1/2-inch piece of vanilla bean
1 tablespoon natural sugar or honey
1/4 cup hot milk

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1. Put the tea, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick in a teapot or heatproof pitcher. Add the boiling water and let steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Strain the tea into 4 cups. Stir in the sweetener and hot milk and serve.

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