Iced Chai Tea

Though rare for me, I found that I wasn’t in the mood for coffee one day this week. But I wanted something cold, bold, and flavorful. This glass hit the spot.

Iced Chai:

Start with 8 ounces of cold water in a sauce pan and add…

3 tsp loos leaf black tea

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 knob or 1 tbls fresh ginger

3 cardamom pods

5 black peppercorns

2 tbls brown sugar

Simmer on high for 10 minutes. You want to the liquid to reduce slightly making a strong infusion. Let it cool completely.

Pour through a mesh or cloth strainer into your glass filling 2/3 full.

Add some cold milk or dairy substitute to fill the glass and enjoy!

Black Nettle Vanilla Chai Tea

Want something new for your morning cup. This is a light pleasant Chai tea that is satisfying, but not overpowering like the strong flavors of Chai sometimes are. The nettle adds some vital nutrients, and it has about half the caffeine of regular chai. So, it gives you a little boost to keep you going, but not too much.

You can make this one cup at a time or in big batches. See recipes for both below.

Black Nettle Vanilla Chai Tea:

For a single cup combine the following in a sauce pan with 8 ounces of water.

1/2 tsp loose leaf black tea

1/2 tsp nettle leaf

1/4 cinnamon stick

1 inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled

1/8 tsp dried orange or lemon peel (4-5 little pieces)

3 whole black peppercorns

Simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a mug. Add 1 drop of vanilla extract. Add a bit of brown sugar and cream if desired.

Large Batch:

1 cup loose leaf black tea

1 cup nettle leaf

4 cinnamon sticks, crushed into small pieces

2 tbls fresh grated ginger (spread on a plate to dry before mixing with dried tea)

2 tsp dried orange or lemon peel

1/4 tsp dried black peppercorns

1 tsp vanilla extract sprinkled over dried tea and stirred in.

Store in a sealed container. To brew, add 2 tsp to 8 ounces of water and simmer. Strain and serve. Or add brown sugar and cream if desired.

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Chocolate Orange Coconut Tea

I’ve been having fun blending my own teas. This is a strong tea that is sweet and satisfying. Give it a try.

Add the following into a mesh or cloth tea strainer:

1 tsp orange spice black tea (or plain black tea and a few pieces of dried orange peel)

1/2 tsp roasted dandelion root

1/4 tsp unsweetened, flakes coconut

1/4 tsp cocoa nibs

Cover with boiling water. Steep at least 15 minutes. Sweeten with a touch of sugar or honey.