Chai is a mixed-spice tea, a strong authentic blend of Indian black tea and spices offering a distinct spicy/citric aroma. Ours is a traditional family recipe from an Indian tea grower. This authentic blend is stronger and more pungent than American chais, and delicious with a distinct citric aroma. The traditional way of making chai is to steep the one full teaspoon of tea and spices in a mix of 1/2 cup of half and half and 3/4 cup water over medium high heat for about 15 minutes. Do not boil the water. The goal is to reduce the liquid by a cup through evaporation. This makes the chai strong and smooth. Remove from heat and add sweetener, either honey or sugar, and stir until dissolved. Strain off the tea and spices and enjoy!
Chai has become an extremely popular beverage in recent years, for some, replacing coffee (pretend we didn’t say that, gasp!) as their regular go-to beverage. It’s well loved by those who love bold flavor.
Chai doesn’t have to be just a beverage however…because we know our chai lovers are adventurous, you may want to try this recipe for Spicy Chai Button Cookies we found in the Vail Daily: RECIPE
The recipe is a variation on an old favorite – Mexican Wedding cookies:
“…it’s a combination of butter, nuts, and flour that results in a melt-in-the-mouth morsel; it’s a proven winner. With such an established foundation, I felt certain that these Buttons would have wide appeal. Tender and sandy, with a delicate, haunting flavor, they’re a delight on their own or accompanying a compote of fresh berries or a cup of coffee. And, the scent of the cardamom as the cookie bakes is reason enough to make them … it’s heavenly!” (Vera Dawson, The Vail Daily)
Try it out and let us know how your experiment goes!