Serves 6

I have rather fallen in love with chai lately – largely because we have taken to making it at work. I find its aniseedy sweet gentleness completely irresistible.

2 tbsp Earl Grey tea (or any other tea that you particularly like)
3 tbsp caster sugar
6-8 cardamom pods, left whole
200ml/7fl oz whole milk

Put the tea, sugar and cardamom pods into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Stir to dissolve the sugar, add the milk and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Remove from the stove, strain and pour into little glasses. It is important that this tea is served really warm.