Chai TEA

chai2I got a DIY chai tea kit for Christmas this past year (mine came from Purpose Design) and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it… I highly recommended this set in particular as an impressively beautiful gift. In the past month, I’ve made a batch or two following the traditional recipe included, but because it comes with all of the ingredients packaged separately, you have a lot of freedom to tweak each batch to your liking, adding more or less of each of the chai spices included or swapping out the type of dairy you use. Almond milk was a hit!

chai1My next experiment will be to make a larger, super strong batch with no milk, so that I can keep it a week in the fridge and add the milk as I drink it.

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Sam also got into the chai spirit this winter and picked up a chai masala spice mix at a holiday party that The Peacock Apothecary was a part of at the LA Soho House. Nimita, who runs an Indian Ayurvedic catering company out of Santa Barbara, was not only one of the sweetest vendors we met all day, but the food she was sampling out was deeeelicious. And the chai tea? Some of the best! The nice thing about a spice mix is it cuts your prep time in half and is easier to throw together in the morning before work! If you are interested in purchasing her chai masala mix for yourself, email Nimita directly (nimita@cox.net).

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The recipe that she suggests is as follows:
Boil one cup of water, add 1 tbs of loose black tea, 1/4 teaspoon of chai masala and two teaspoons of brown, organic sugar (or sweetener of your choice). Grate one inch of ginger and add this to the mix if you want extra zing. Allow all this to boil together for a minute. Add 1/4 cup of organic, whole milk or non dairy of your choice (Sam votes you try raw milk). Allow to reach a boil. Strain tea into a cup.

xoCait

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