Reishi Mushroom Chai Tea

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A tasty beverage that can help the stress of the day melt away.

This yummy Reishi Mushroom Chai tea is a wonderfully relaxing, warm beverage on a cool evening.

Mushroom chai tea is not only a warming health tonic, but it’s also deliciously easy to drink. Chai tea spices blend beautifully with the earthy bitterness of woody mushrooms to create this Reishi Mushroom Chai Tea. On its own, reishi mushrooms are medicinal and not so easy to swallow. However, when married with the sensory explosion found in chai tea, sipping on ‘shrooms is effortless. 

Reishi Mushrooms Are Healing Superfoods

Drink this tea for a natural boost to your immunity.

For centuries, reishi mushrooms have been used in health tonics as adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens help balance, restore, and protect the body. Eastern medicine has been using reishi mushrooms for centuries, but they’re just recently appearing on the Western radar.

Drinking reishi mushrooom chai tea, then, is good for addressing the following:

  • Cancer treatment and cancer survivors
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Improved liver function
  • Enhanced blood sugar control

Making Mushroom Chai Tea 

Enjoy a glass of this superfood tea day or night!

The hardest part in making this health tonic is knowing where to find the ingredients. If you don’t have the advantage of being near an Asian market, then your next best bet is Walmart. Otherwise, you can look to online retailers to procure these ingredients.

Finding ingredients for chai tea, on the other hand, is very simple. Chai tea is a combination of warm and spicy ingredients, including cardamom, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. You may go the easy route by purchasing chai tea in a concentrated or bagged tea format. However, if you wish to brew your own chai tea, try our Slow Cooker Chai Tea or Chai Orange Latte. Want it cold? Go with Skinny Iced Chai Latte.

Traditionally, chai tea includes some form of milk, but my favorite alternative is soy milk. The texture provided by soy milk integrates with the other ingredients more easily than cow’s milk. That’s not to say regular whole milk won’t work because it’s also very delicious. If you’re looking for alternative milks to make dairy-free mushroom chai tea, soy is much less watered down than the others. 

First, Decoct the Reishi Mushrooms

Our Reishi Mushroom Chai tea is just as calming as it is tasty.

Because the process of decoction takes up to two hours, go ahead and make it ahead of time. Dried reishi is dense like a piece of wood. Rehydrating these mushrooms takes longer than, say, a dried shiitake mushroom.

To make it happen, bring four cups of water to a boil. Add the mushrooms and simmer on the lowest setting for one to two hours. Surprisingly, you only lose about a cup of water in this process, so don’t worry about final yield. 

After that, wait for the mixture to cool to room temp. Then, place the mushrooms in a cheesecloth and squeeze as much water from them as possible. If you don’t have cheesecloth, try squeezing them through a fine-mesh strainer.

Next, brew the chai tea by adding one cup of the hot mushroom liquid to the bagged tea (or by pouring it over the loose tea in a strainer). If you have a milk frother, a bit of steamed milk goes a long way. So does your sweetener of choice. To your health and happiness!

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Reishi Mushroom Chai Tea

Brew a warm cup of relaxing chai tea with an immunity boost from reishi mushrooms!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield 2 people
Serving Size 2 cups
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pot, bring the water and mushrooms to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 2 hours.
  • Remove the mushrooms and strain the liquid through a cheese cloth (if desired).
  • Place the chai tea leaves in a tea bag or infuser and place in a cup. Pour about 1 cup of the hot mushroom liquid over the tea and steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. If desired and going the traditional chai tea route, add a quarter to half a cup of warm soymilk to the tea. Enjoy hot.

Notes

Any remaining mushroom liquid can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 0
Keywords dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Immunity Support, Plant-Based, Vegan

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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