“When your day seems topsy-turvy and as stormy as can be, there’s nothing quite as tranquil as a nice hot cup of tea.” – Anonymous

Welcome November!

You know what that means? The cold is coming! (Or maybe it’s already here for you?)

But either way, it’s soon to be miserable outside and that means it’s time to break out the things that warm us, that make us feel comfortable. What “comfort” things do you turn to when it gets cold outside?

For me, there’s nothing better than steaming warm chai to soothe the soul.

Warming with Chai

When it starts getting cold, out comes the chai. At least for me.

Tea and Warm SocksGranted, chai is great any time of year, but there’s just something about it that provides comfort when you need it the most – like during the most miserable time of year, winter.

If you’ve never tried chai, you really should. But what is it really?

What is Chai?

Chai is a form of Indian tea that is composed of black tea boiled with milk, sugar and spices.

Traditionally, chai was made with cardamom, but has since been expanded to many different spices. The other most popular  spices found in chai can be any combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. Ultimately the combination depended upon the region of India.

The Gift of Chai

Today, chai has reached wide-sweeping popularity throughout the U.S. (and world). You can walk into any coffee/tea shop and order a chai.

But why would you want to spend all your money on running down to the local coffee/tea shop and buying just one cup of chai when you can make it yourself for cheaper?

Yup, that’s what I thought. You wouldn’t want to do that either. So I’ve included (see below) my favorite chai recipe that you can mix up in less than 5 minutes.

As a bonus, you can even mix some of this wonderful stuff up and give it as gifts. You know, like those cookie mixes you see everyone getting?

Masala chai Chai Tea Mix

1 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1 1/2 cups french vanilla non-dairy coffee creamer
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon clove
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice

Mix all ingredients together then blend in a food processor 1 cup at a time to ensure a consistent fine texture. Store in an air tight container.

Serve by adding 3 tablespoons of the chai mix to 1 cup of hot water. Don’t forget to sit back and relax!

Bonus Tips

  • For a caffeine boost, add 1 additional teaspoon of instant tea (or add mixture to already brewed cup of tea plain tea).
  • Try experimenting with different non-dairy coffee creamer flavors to mix it up (or add all flavored coffee creamer instead of only 1 1/2 cups).
  • Mix it up with the amounts and types of spices you include. Try to find something that fits your tastes.
  • Give this mix as a gift when you’re off to those many parties and get-togethers this coming holiday season. Find a unique jar and make it your own, something that would be special for your giftee.
Tea is made for sharing!
Jen
 

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