Red Raspberry Leaf and Nettle Chai

As promised


Cut a piece of fresh ginger about the size of your finger.  Chop it up roughly, there is no need to peel it.


Put it in a pot, cover with 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes.


add in:

20 cardamom pods

20 peppercorns

20 cloves

5 cinnamon sticks

6 star anise

simmer for 10-15 minutes more (depends on how strong you like it)


add 1/2 cup each of dried nettles and red raspberry leaf, use the back of a spoon to submerge the herbs

cover, turn off heat, steep 5 minutes more

At this point you are going to add in your milk.  I use about 1 part milk to 2 parts tea for the sort of coconut milk that you would buy in the refrigerated section.  For coconut from a can you would need less.  The amount varies by type of milk and personal preference, so experiment to see what works for you.

Turn the burner back on to heat it through, strain and enjoy!  You want to strain it all at once and not leave it sitting because it will become both strong and bitter.  I use a 1/2 gallon mason jar.  This recipe makes a lot, you can always cut it in half or quarter it.  There are a lot of us and I like to drink it through out the day so the larger amount suits me just fine!


10 thoughts on “Red Raspberry Leaf and Nettle Chai

  1. cecilia

    ooooh! i am SO excited to brew this tea!! i was just reading that post the other day thinking that i really would like it – thanks for posting it :)

  2. Pampered Mom

    I’m always looking for more ways to drink nettle/red raspberry leaf infusion since I have a hard time with the taste plain. I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe (need to add a few things onto my Frontier co-op order first, though).

  3. melly

    Thanks so much for this tea idea! I am 24 weeks pregnant with our sixth; and as you can well imagine have, have been feeling like I need a little more of something. I think this tea will help. It sound helpful in so many ways. I will for sure let you know how it works for me. Stay warm and peace filled ~Melly in Maine~

  4. Erin

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! I cannot wait to try it out! I have a huge bag of dried nettles just waiting to be used up!

  5. Syl

    Thanks so much! I’ve been intrigued by this recipe ever since the first time you mentioned way back whenever that was! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Cookie

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I made it last night and it is fantastic! This is the first time I’ve used medicinal herbs and I am very thankful for the step by step recipe <3

  7. rachel wolf

    This sounds wonderful! We have a standard Chai but always with Black Tea. I want something healthy (nettle! raspberry leaf!) without caffiene that the kids can enjoy. I’m off to make a batch right now. Thanks…

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