Monday, November 4, 2013

Chocolate Chai Tea

When I saw this yummy recipe at my daughter Deb's blog,
It's a Latte Life, I knew I was going to have to make it...and soon!

It was only right. After all, Deb is the one who 'introduced' me to my beloved chai, and we always love sharing yummy beverages, just like this one, together. 

If you are not familiar with chai (rhymes with 'pie') tea, it is as popular in India as coffee is in the U.S. It is a delicious drink enhanced with spices, milk and honey. It is a relaxing and unforgettable beverage.

(The first time I ever tasted chai, it was a spiced chai...all the ladies with me said it smelled like Christmas! OH.SO.GOOD!) 

This is great to take the chill out of your day!  Recipe can easily be cut in half.

LOVE the zip the cardamom adds!

CHOCOLATE CHAI TEA

1 c. water
2 tsp. premium black tea or 2 black tea bags
1/3 c. sugar or substitute
1/4 c. dark cocoa or Dutch-process style unsweetened cocoa powder

4 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
Whipped cream, garnish
Nutmeg, garnish

In small saucepan, bring water to boil. Remove from heat and add tea. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and pour or strain tea into a large saucepan. Add sugar and cocoa powder to tea in large saucepan. Stir to dissolve.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Stir in the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Stir until heated through. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat. Pour into waiting mugs and top with Whipped cream and a sprinkle of Nutmeg.

Serves: 4

Linked to Weekend Potluck