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Thursday, 14 June 2012

A sip of something wonderful




You asked for it and we deliver. An ode to the beverage we all seem to love so much + a recipe for my spicy chai to ward off the darkest day or coldest evening….

delicious creamy chai mmmmmm

Brewing up chai is all a bit like potion making for the non magic/adult and there is something about the smell of hot almond milk and spices that just makes you feel amazing.

Its chai time? First and foremost set the scene! I love to make chai for me and someone awesome because lets be honest everything tastes better when you share it. So next time its cold and chilly ask your girlfriend, best friend or yoga buddy over for some chai, roast up some almonds and wrap yourselves up in something warm and make it together. Then drink it together over awesome conversation, watch something inspiring or just soak up some yummy silent stillness. 

Extra for experts: I used to make chai with one of my best friends in my hometown; now that we are apart I periodically mix her up little jars of the spices and send it to her, it makes her cry - in a good way. 


Chill warding off chai for two


1 and a ½ cups of almond milk
2 teaspoons of your favourite black tea (I like Harney and Sons decaf Assam because i like to drink chai before bed and don't want to be awake till 2am)
½ cup of boiling water
2 or 3 peppercorns or a good grind of pepper
2  star anise
1 cinnamon stick broken into two
2 – 3 thin slices of stem ginger
½ teaspoon of mixed spice
Sprinkling of dried orange peel
                   2 cardamom pods (I crush these with a knife before throwing them in)
1 – 2 whole cloves
1 – 2 teaspoons of ginger syrup (I use hakanoa ginger syrup but you can opt for honey or maple syrup this gives the chai some sweetness you can also omit this if your sweet enough.. evidently im not!)

This is a great beginner chai, lots of yummy flavours but nothing too overt or over the top. And all you have to do is put everything in the pan and heat gently for 2 – 3 minutes stirring continuously. Then strain and pour into two mugs. If you want your tea frothy pour from a height into the cups repeatedly this gets lots of air into your chai and makes it feel velvety.

If you love your chai spicy then amp up the star anise to 3 - 4 and the mixed spice to a full teaspoon and add a little powdered ginger along with the stem ginger. If you want richness add a little cocoa or use soy instead of almond milk. Most of all experiment, this is the blend I love but you can adjust the amounts to suit your palette or mood.

Here are some of your chai tips from our we'ar family

 @yogabetty – chilled out chai
“I love a good SPICY chai... Especially over ice! Not sure why but I just love it ;)… I actually make ice cubes out of the chai! This way as it melts it's not watered down :)”

@goodiedo – recommend a great pre made chai (by sending us a package as a gift!)
“this chai on the brew from @clippersteas is amazing! said tea was a gift from the team at @goodiedo what a great day!”

Auckland yoga academy share their own recipe on their site

love chai? love tea? what are your tips or recipe for a cup of chai perfection?


anya @ we'ar 
x x x

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