Chai, from India, is a black tea with cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, and cloves, It is rich in antioxidants and promotes overall general health and well-being.
One of the best tasting chai tea lattes I had was at a creperie in Vancouver along Robson Street. It was so good, I asked the server how it was made. She said with syrup. My mouth dropped. What? … syrup?!!! ok… well, no thank you.
Since then, I set myself on a mission to find the best cup of ‘real’ chai tea that tasted just as good.
I tried many, many varieties of chai found at local grocery stores. Unfortunately, not all chai teas are the same. The spices varied. Not one of them had the flavour I was looking for. Then one day, by accident, I found the perfect cup. To my surprise, it was served at Wendy’s (you’ll rarely find me here). I ordered a chai tea with milk and sweetener. I tell you, it was exactly what I was looking for. I sighed a sigh of contentment. YAY! Finally, I found it!
And the brand is? Higgins and Burke Tea, Chai.
But where can I buy this?
Again, I set myself on a different kind of mission. I searched every local grocery store in my area. No one carried it. Another a month passed by and THERE it was, sitting on a shelf at Sobeys. Funny thing is, not every Sobeys store carries it. Not the one in my area. The Sobeys that carries it is a 12 minute drive away. As a last resort, you can always find it on Amazon and have it delivered. I wish I had thought of this before.
Tea should be steeped anywhere from 3-5 minutes. I heated the milk in the microwave and frothed with an aerolatte. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one on Amazon.
- 1 sachet Chai Tea
- 1/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup milk
- sugar or honey, to taste
- Pour boiled water over tea bag in a cup.
- Steep for 3-5 minutes.
- Heat milk in microwave until hot.
- Add sugar or honey to milk and froth.
- Remove tea bag and pour frothed milk into cup of hot tea.