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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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