Okay… I’ll be honest. This is not a spiritual post here. It’s more like a dive behind the scenes to an obsession I was turned onto years ago by way of saving face, and now is my not so secret way of pampering myself.
If you don’t know already, I am a Chai fanatic. I happened onto it when visiting coffee houses as little mom get-aways and I am not a coffee drinker even enough to tolerate faking it politely. I simply cant stand coffee. Love the smell, hate the taste. But I was feeling a bit childish always ordering hot cocoa. So on a whim I got a chai latte. Dear heaven above can only compare to the rays of sunshine that suddenly entered my realm. Insert “Ahhhhhhh” voice-over here…
I now have snooty preferences and preferred coffee houses and the way they make their chai. I am a die hard Starbucks fan, because they are quite literally EVERYWHERE… But I love a great blend from the Mocha Lounge – LOVE the S’more’s version they have this time of year, and the Pumpkin spice mix with REAL pumpkin puree from the Firefly, here in town, is to die for. In the summer, I am obsessed with the amazing Iced Chai’s from nearly anywhere, but I LOVE the Iced Vanilla from the Expresso Coffee Gallery.
So when my fab friend Stac shared this recipe with me, I fell in love and well, the rest is checkbook-lovin history. (though if you ever want to bless me with a gift card, I would never refuse it! 🙂 hee hee) It takes a bit of cash to get the ingredients if you don’t have them, but it lasts forever once you do…
3 regular tea bags * 2 1/2 cups water * 2 short Cinnamon sticks * 3 cloves * 1/4teasp ground Marjoram * 2 3/4 cups milk * 1/3 cup sugar or splenda
Boil all the ingredients except the milk and sugar. Set those aside. Boil for five minutes, cool, then add the mixture, along with the milk and sugar, to a pitcher and stick it in your fridge for at least 2 hours. This last part is the secret. It gives it time to mix with the tea and tastes soooo much better. (Yes, that is the technical wording) But if you are unable to wait because you are just too excited to try your brew, it will taste delish anyway. Never fear!
Add some whipped cream and a dash of ground cinnamon and you have a date with heaven in a matter of minutes.
Go ahead, think I’m nuts, but let me tell you… when life overtakes the sanity around here, a cup of this stuff is nearly as good as any medicine my doctors can prescribe for me. Self medicating with Chai may truly be the thing that gets me through the rough days ahead, (well that and God of course) and it is by far the best tasting medicine I will ever take!
Blessings! – And next time you have a cup of chai, send up a toast to yours truly!