I am sitting here on the couch watching “Decoding The Ancients” sipping chai tea, and keeping an eye on my dog to make sure he doesn’t lick. I am bored, until I think to myself, hey, it’s tea month, you’re supposed to be sharing tea and chai tea is on the list, so let’s do it! Viola! I am no longer bored.
One of my favorite beverages is chai tea. I love the warmth of the spices, it is the tea I always want when it is rainy and gloomy and I need a mood booster. Please make this tea, it has a lengthy ingredient list but it really isn’t hard and it is SO worth it. Today I made it with cacao nibs and I believe this is my new favorite version. When possible I try to make my chai tea completely from scratch, the difference in taste is incredible.
I also like to use whole spices in combination with ground spices, you can get a strong flavor with ground spices but they can be difficult to strain out making the tea gritty. If you use whole spices, you need to simmer longer and use a little more than with ground spices. Most of the spices you probably have most of the spices on hand anyways. I make sure to always have freshly minced ginger by peeling my ginger and pulsing in a food processor until minced. Then I spread it out on a baking sheet and freeze it, then place into a freezer bag so I have it on hand at all times.
This specific recipe is for the spices I have on hand and uses both whole and ground spices, but feel free to mix it up. I like a lot of ginger and black pepper in mine, but that’s not your thing then cut back a little. Try adding in other flavors, or using different sweeteners for subtle differences in flavor. I like to use cashew milk, raw sugar, and Honeybush Tea because it is caffeine free and has a natural sweetness to it. Black, green, and other red or herbal teas will also work.
Honeybush tea is another one of my favorite teas, one that I also get from Mountain Rose Herbs. It has a flavorful and sweet almost honey like taste and is caffeine free. I highly recommend this tea to anyone just starting to drink teas or is wanting to switch from artificially flavored bagged teas to natural loose leaf tea. It is great iced too, I once added pureed mango to ice honeybush tea and it was delightful. Anyone else a fan of this tea?