Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Hot Chai Latte - Oct 4, 2011

I found a recipe for a homemade chai tea concentrate online and decided to give it a whirl. It sounded so warm and cozy. I'm starting to embrace all those comfort foods and beverages that are so good in the fall. And, if you happen to be experiencing a bit of an autumnal heat wave, as we are here in Minnesota, you can also serve this up over ice.

Those of you that know me might be aware of the ridiculous amount of assorted teas that I have collected. It's not all my fault. Some of them have been gifts. But really, it's over the top. We have way too much tea on hand. That being said, I had a hell of a time finding plain black tea to use for this recipe. I ended up dipping into a precious little container that a good friend brought to us from China. I'm not sure that it is black tea since it is labeled in Chinese characters, but I decided it was close enough. I also added two random bags of decaf chai that I found hanging out in a box all by themselves (that cleared out a little room in the tea cupboard) as well as two bags of Earl Grey (which is the name of my cat-nephew), that I threw in for the bergamot oil since I didn't have any orange zest on hand.

Other than that, I followed the recipe as written. I now have a large bottle of chai concentrate in the fridge in which to indulge as I please. My first taste was the little latte I made using equal parts chai concentrate and 2% milk, plus a little frothy goodness on top. It was delicious.
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1 comment:

Jaime said...

We too have a burgeoning tea drawer and very little of it is traditional black tea! This recipe sounds fantastic... I am definitely bookmarking it "to try."


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