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While we’ve come out with a few recipes lately, the Fitness Examiner hasn’t addressed drinks yet. So we are going to fix that with a Vanilla Oolong Chai, courtesy of Lauren G from Cape Coral.

The Fitness Examiner wasn’t sure where to find two of the ingredients in this chai. A trip to Ada’s Whole Foods Market at 4650 South Cleveland Ave (click here for a map) netted all the ingredients.

Ingredients:

3 cups water

1 1/4 cups of 2% milk

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

4 whole cloves

1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

1/4 tsp of ground cardamom

8 Oolong tea bags

Sweetener of your choice to taste

Directions:

Add water, milk, vanilla, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Reduce heat so that liquid maintains a very slow simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Increase heat to medium. When liquid is bubbling, turn off heat and add tea bags. Cover pan and steep 4 minutes.

Remove tea bags and pour tea through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Stir in sweetener if using. Serve immediately over ice (may be refrigerated up to 1 day).

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