I love coffee shops.
I could easily spend the day reading a good book, or writing an interesting blog post in a coffee shop -they are just sooo cozy and welcoming. I was actually talking to a friend the other day about how I would much rather meet up, to chat over coffee, then go to a bar for a drink.
However, I have a confession to make … I don’t drink coffee.
I am a tea drinker.
I drink it everyday.
I love all different kinds of tea, but my favorite by far is the oh so delicious Chai tea.
When it comes to a Chai Tea latte, I am guilty of being like every other American, and just grabbing one on the go from Starbucks. The Chai Tea latte from Starbucks is very addicting, but it is not healthy for you at all (shocker.) Starbucks is the fast food chain for coffee, so what do you expect?! The Starbucks Chai tea is a concentrated syrup that is extremely caffeinated and loaded with sugar.
Because I am trying to limit my sugar intake, (read about I Quit Sugar Detox here.) I have decided to cut back on Starbucks Chai tea. There is no need to drink one of those suckers everyday, when I can make my own delicious chai tea at home, and control the ingredients I put in it.
The idea that I can make my own Chai tea came to mind, when I came across a simple Chai tea recipe in the I Quit Sugar cookbook. Although, the recipe is awesome, (and I plan on trying it soon,) I decided to continue my Chai tea research.
Here’s what I found…
I came across the blog, indiaphile. The author explains Chai perfectly by saying, “Chai” is the Hindi word for “tea” but it usually means the well-known sweetened spiced milk-tea of India.” I also learned from this blog, that Chai Tea is the National drink of India. Indians normally drink Chai at least two times a day, once in the morning, and then again in the afternoon. In India you can get Chai anywhere, including right from your favorite street vendor. You will also find a recipe for Masala Chai, on indiphile – I have a feeling I am going to end up like her mom, obsessing over perfecting my Chai tea recipe.
Because the Chai recipe in I Quit Sugar looked so good, I decided to search for Sarah, the blogger who came up with it. Her blog is called My New Roots. She invented Chaice-cubes!
Let me explain…
You will be making your own chai concentrate. Here’s how…
Because of all of the organic ingredients, this Chai is full of health benefits.
- 5-6 inches fresh, grated ginger root
- ¼ cup whole cardamom pods
- 1/8 whole fennel seeds
- scant ¼cup whole cloves
- 6- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 3 ½ liters fresh water
- Start out by boiling a big pot of water infused with all of the spices found in traditional Masala Chai. Then let this pot simmer for 2-4 hours.
- Remove from heat.
- Let cool. (I refrigerated my liquid for a couple days. You can refrigerate for up to 2 week.)
- Once liquid has cooled, pour liquid into ice cube trays.
- Store in freezer, so you always have chai on hand.
To make Chai Tea Latte by using the Masala …
- Heat milk or use a milk alternative over the stove.
- Add a couple chai ice cubes to the milk and simmer.
- Once mixture is very hot brew tea. Either place tea bag into mixture, or use loose leaf tea. Traditionally, the tea used is Black tea, but you can use which ever tea you desire.
- Add honey or stevia to sweeten.
It is fall, my favorite season. And nothing gets me in a better mood, or warms me up more, than a spicy Chai Tea Latte. Now that I have these Chaice-Cubes on hand, there is no excuse to go to Starbucks. These cubes are just as fast. Plus, I can tweak the Chaice Cube recipe to my own taste buds, maybe next time I will add vanilla bean. I also like the idea of changing up my milk option, maybe using coconut milk one time, and almond milk the next.
Are you a coffee drinker or tea drinker? What is your favorite coffee shop?
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