Hello my lovely devo”teas”! I hope you are all doing well & enjoying this last stretch of heat we are having! As the impending fall is upon us I find myself getting excited to be back to hot tea drinking season! (Who am I kidding?! It’s always time for hot tea! 😊) But really, as winter is upon us, I find myself reminiscing about how much I enjoy our different Chai teas! Chai is such a fun change up for tea as it is not only relaxing and full bodied, but also incorporates some rather surprising spices that are not found in many of our other black teas!
Here at Good Life we have a few different varieties of Chai tea, my favorite being our Heaven Sent Chai. The flavors blend together just as the name suggests, as if sent from heaven. While this tea is a blend of Indian black tea, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, it also includes black pepper which I think proves so interesting! I would never think to put pepper into my tea but the black pepper in this adds the perfect amount spice! It creates almost a tingle on your tongue and warms you from the inside out as the cold weather sets in upon us. I love to curl up on Sunday afternoon in a blanket, with a cup of this Heaven Sent Chai, and a Hallmark movie! It’s a recipe for relaxation. It is also known to possess certain health properties which we need at this time of the year. After you get your flu shot, relax & enjoy the immune system boost that this tea provides along with it’s antioxidant and calming properties! Let me know if you try it out & what you think!
Next up, I want to touch up our Vanilla Chai. This tea is wonderful as the contrast of the normally creamy flavor is infused with the spice of black pepper again! Sharing many of the same ingredients as the Heaven Sent Chai this tea features Chinese black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla bean, vanilla flavor, and again, black pepper. I really enjoy this tea in the morning as a contrast to my coffee. The spices truly wake you up and get you ready for the day! The caffeine present in the black tea also allows for a little extra “oomph” that I know I certainly need! Along with the energy positiveness of this tea, it too also provides antioxidant properties which we need especially at this time of year!
Speaking of caffeine, & if you are sensitive to it, that brings us to our last Chai tea; our caffeine free Rooibos Chai tea. Not only is this tea caffeine free, beautiful to look at, and highly delicious, but as mentioned before Rooibos tea has been receiving lots of attention for its anti-oxidant and health properties. Dr. Oz, along with various other notable doctors, promote this tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, its cardiovascular benefits, it’s treatment and possible prevention of diabetes, possible prevention of different cancers, & various other benefits! Being from South Africa as well, the blend of the soulful Masala spices are sure to warm even the coldest cups. The sweet & nutty notes are very similar to those of other fall staples and I highly recommend trying it!
If you have any other questions on any of these teas, or have liked them in the past feel free to leave a comment below! I love hearing from you all & getting your take on our teas! Below I have included a recipe for carbonated drink made with our Heaven Sent Chai that I think you guys would love! Keep me posted! Enjoy these last few days above 50 degrees! Happy sipping! – Kay-tea 😊
Heaven Sent Chai Fizz
For one beverage; 2 ounces of cold Heaven Sent Chai concentrate (recipe below)
1 - 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of half and half
2 -3 ice cubes crushed
In an 8 ounce glass pour in 2 ounces of Heaven Sent Chai concentrate. Add the maple syrup, the half and half and crushed ice cubes. Fill the glass with seltzer as you constantly whisk with a fork.
Heaven Sent Chai Concentrate Recipe
Boil ten ounces of water. Pour water over 6 teaspoons of Heaven Sent Chai. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain. This should yield 8 ounces of concentrate enough to make four Heaven Sent Chai Fizz drinks.