by Ella Perryman on October 17th, 2017
Chai’s medley of ingredients don’t only make a delicious cup of tea, its blend of herbs and spices also translate beautifully into a host of other beverages and food. With winter approaching, we are welcoming anything with a warming kick – starting with these feel-good chai recipes.
Chai latte has become increasingly popular over recent years, and has acquired quite the following. However, why just stick to just adding hot milk and sugar to your chai? This recipe for homemade spiced pumpkin latte can be enjoyed throughout the day and is a real winter warmer. Ingredients such as pumpkin, honey, milk and cinnamon pair with chai tea perfectly, and bring out the flavours of chai’s many herbs and spices. Additionally, you can always swap in milk for almond or soy milk to make a vegan chai latte.
Whilst we love fruity, summer cocktails, with Autumn here we are eager to try something with more of a kick. Chai’s array of spicy ingredients also pair wonderfully with dark and rich alcoholic liquors. Ginger, cardamom pods and fennel seeds are a great accompaniment to bourbon whiskey and orange bitters, and make a cocktail that sits perfectly between sweet and spicy. Follow this simple chai cocktail recipe, and become the ultimate mixologist.
Biscuits have a rich, malty taste and a thick, coating mouthfeel, which make them a popular accompaniment to tea. We adore these spice chai cookies for their crunchy mouthfeel and sweet flavour, and they also have a surprisingly low sugar content. The addition of chai tea and its spices transform what would be everyday cookies into ones that are both complex and comforting. Additionally, black teas pair wonderfully with sweet treats, and we would recommend pairing your chai cookies with a rich Assam or Ali Shan Black.
We say, it’s never too cold for ice cream. Especially when you can make yourself a simple, yet luxuriously creamy vegan chai ice cream. This lovely recipe uses completely natural ingredients and real chai tea, giving the ice cream an explosion of vibrant and aromatic flavours. Ice creams are a great way to finish off your dinner, and this chai recipe will fit perfectly with your christmas meal. After a spicy chai dessert, we love drinking a bright and refreshing Dragon Well tea, for an ultimate palate cleanser.
5. Chai Oatmeal
Who says you can’t have chai with every meal of the day? Chai oatmeal is the ideal winter porridge; warm, spicy and with a drizzling of honey. This is one to get you out of bed on those cold, winter mornings, as the chai really does beckon you in with its warm embrace. For breakfast, we’d pair a bowl of Chai porridge with a strong, dark oolong such as Big Red Robe or with a smooth, dark darjeeling for a punchy wake-me-up.
Our new wild chai blend is a harmonious infusion of wild Vietnamese black tea and intense, aromatic spices. Its warming kick would fit perfectly into these simple chai recipes.