There is so much to say about a Chai.
I love the flavors, the smell, and how it makes me feel like I am sitting around a fire at Everest Base Camp ready to tackle the mountain with my trusty Sherpa. Chai is a way that I escape the here and now and go on a flavor fantasy. I think it is the Cardamom that is the kicker for me. That particular spice is not something that I generally eat or use in my Southern Cuisine, so perhaps cardamom is the jewel in my fantasy quest?
Today I’m drinking mine black, but chai is versatile. You can all kinds of wonderful additions to your cup and make it come alive. Milk or cream of all kinds like coconut, almond, or even rice, makes the flavor less sharp. But what truly brings out the essence of the Chai is sugar. This is where experimentation comes to play. You can use anything. My favorites are honey and homemade vanilla syrup, but the paths to Chai Enlightenment are endless…blue agave, malt, maple, stevia, sweetened condensed milk, and the list goes on and on.
Brew the Chai strong…don’t worry unless you are like me and drink it black, you really can’t overdo the brew on this one.
“Chai is Love in a cup!”
It is, so I give you Chai for the New Year! Love and Peace on Earth in a cup. 🙂