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Top Three Tea Transformations for Winters

Good news for all my fellow tea lovers out there-our very own humble chai is a full-blown international trend. Health-conscious millennials all over the world are obsessed with the sensual experience a well-brewed cup of tea offers. Now I don’t want to call into question my undying devotion for tea, but a plain old chai or doodh patti is no longer enough. I have decided to get with the times.

 

The hunt for unique infusions and authentic experiences has lead to interesting innovations. These have taken tea far beyond a simple comforting and warm drink. A slew of trendy chai cafes have opened up across the city; Chaaye Khana, Chaaye Wala and other such spots have become a playground for hipster experimentation. The encyclopedic list of exotic teas on their menus and social media worthy furnishings has taken the humble chai to a refined gourmet league.

 

However, not all of us head out to fulfill our frequent chai cravings and for those moments I have a few concoctions up my sleeves. If you ever find yourself in a mood to treat your taste buds, try out my instaworthy recipes:

Iced Tea

This delectable and refreshing cuppa has a definite wow-factor. It is simple to make and is endlessly adaptable. The minute you’ve got the basics down, you can go creative in a number of ways. I make a one with the following simple ingredients.

Ingredients

Teabags  4

Cardamom pods 2

Vanilla bean 1/8

Almond extract 1/4 tsp (optional)

Hot water 1 cup

Sugar 1 tbsp.

Condensed milk 1 tbsp.

Evaporated milk 2 tsp

Mint leaves 3-4

Method

Steep the tea, cardamom, vanilla, and almond extract

Let sit for 5 minutes and then strain

Stir in the sugar and evaporated milk

Fill a large glass with ice

Pour the tea and drizzle condensed milk

Top with mint leaves.

thai tea

Ginger Milk Tea

A pleasant twist to the usual cup of joy. Enriched with vitamin C, magnesium, and other minerals; ginger root is ideal for beating winter’s cold, reducing inflammation, relieving nausea and improving metabolism.

ging tea

Ingredients

Hot water 3 1⁄2 cups

Ginger (peeled/chopped) 4 tbsp

Loose black tea leaves 2 tbsp

Milk 1⁄2 cup

Honey 1⁄2 cup

Method

Bring the water to a gentle boil 

Add ginger and allow it to simmer

Turn off the flame and stir in tea

Cover and let it stand for 3-5 minutes

Add in milk and honey

Strain the mixture and blitz it

Pour it out and drink it up

Spiced Chai

This aromatic blend of fine spices and black tea is chock-full of health benefits that account much for the strengthening of the heart. It favors you most when you look for mellowing out after a hectic day.

Ingredients

Whole cloves 4

Cardamom pods 2

Cinnamon stick 1

Water 3 cups

Ground ginger 1⁄4 tsp

Freshly ground pepper 1⁄8 tsp

Milk 1⁄2 cup

sugar 2 tbsp

Black tea 2 tbsp

Method

Crush the cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon in a mortar.  

Pour the spices into a small pot

Add the water, pepper, ginger and bring to a boil.

Turn off the flame and cover it for 5 minutes.

Add the milk and sugar and simmer for a minute

Add in the tea

Steep for 3 minutes

Strain and serve

spiced tea

And that’s how you upgrade your tea, one cup at a time.