Monday, November 5, 2012

A fragrant alternative to Coffee


Lately I have been a big coffee drinker. Since I was young I have always loved coffee, I can remember mixing a bunch of stuff together trying to make something from a cafe. Most recently I have been hooked on Project 7 Coffee. I great coffee that smells so good when freshly ground. But when I was browsing around to see that my local grocery store had run out, I thought about drinking something else. Tea. Chai tea to be exact. Last year my house was practically a Starbucks. Chai Tea, Passion Fruit tea, Green Tea, Kona Coffee, Pike Place, Verona, Sumatra, Breakfast blend, you name it, we...most likely had it. The cupboard was filled with different teas and mixed tea blends from Whole Foods. Every morning it was a French Pressed anything, and during the day some sort of Iced Tea. As I began to think about all this I thought I missed having Tea! And after that my thoughts quickly reverted to drinking Tea.

So as I thought of what Tea to buy, I thought about my love for Chai Tea. I love the fragrant smells of Cloves. A smell that reminded me of Fall. And me, being a HUGE lover of Fall, I had to buy some. When I got home, I thought, well I could just drink some Chai Tea, but then I remembered Ellie from Ellalogy suggesting I try a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (or something like that). Well I didn't have Pumpkin Spice anything so I decided to brew me up a cup of Chai Tea Latte!

So here is the adapted recipe I used.
  • 2 Individual Chai Tea Teabags
  • 1 tsp. ground all spice (or equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 tbs vanilla extract (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Open the tea bags and pour the tea into a coffee filter with  the cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Stir together. Place in coffee maker as you would when making coffee. Add water; brew according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the milk, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved. Remove coffee pot and place in sink with lid open, pour milk mixture into coffee pot and place back on the coffee maker to keep warm. Add whipped cream and sprinkle with Nutemeg. Yields 2 servings.  
When I made this I had some heavy cream so I whipped up some whip cream and it added a dash of extra creaminess to the latte! I am writing this enjoying a cup this morning and it's perfect for the weather we are having. Next, I shall try a green tea latte because this recipe is pretty basic (minus the spices of course!) and can probably be adapted with other teas.

On another note:

I have been super busy getting ready for my two trips so that's the reason for the lack of posts! Packing for two different trips is kind of crazy especially with the length of time I will be away. I hope I can get back to everyone very soon and thank you so much for joining last weeks hop!

27 comments:

  1. I love chai tea! It is my fave at Starbucks!Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely put it to some use. Have a wonderful time with your two trips!

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  2. Have not try chai tea yet from Starbucks. White chocolate mocha is my fav. Happy Monday.

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  3. wow, that sounds absolutely lovely! I drink tea all the time too.

    you might like david's tea or teavana- do you buy things from them?

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  4. this sounds really good - i'll have to try it out for sure!!

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  5. I love coffee and tea, thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  6. This looks great! I love chai and I want to be able to make a good version at home, so I'll definitely give this a try! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  7. Nom nom nom nom. This is way more legit than in most coffee shops, they just steam the milk then pour chai syrup in. Will have to try this!

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  9. OMG YUM! I would never have thought to get this creative with tea bags! You should get a tea ball - it's like a little metal tea strainer on a chain. You put your loose leaf tea and spices inside and steep it in your water or milk. So easy and SO delish!

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