This post goes out to all my non-coffee drinking friends! In a coffee drinking society, we can feel a little left out at times. Ordering a hot chocolate instead seems unsophisticated; a cup of tea seems less than enticing. What a quandary! I know, such a first world problem, right?! But I’m a cold-natured person who would truly appreciate a nice hot cup of something to warm me up. Especially when it’s the end of March and temps are still below freezing- boo!
So, I created a drink I thought was new, but in reality is pretty much an Americanized version of Indian chai tea. It goes down much smoother than coffee, is not as dessert-y as hot chocolate, and is more satisfying than normal tea! Basically, it’s perfection in a cup!
To make this concoction, I start with a heated mug o’ milk (and I always drink milk in a mug because it’s so much fun to say “mug o’ milk” or “milk in a mug!”). If using regular cows milk you will want to stir in a teaspoon of sugar. Alternately, you can use vanilla almond milk and no extra sugar is necessary. Then, I steep a bag of vanilla tea in it (following directions on box). In the past I was able to buy vanilla hazelnut tea, which was my absolute favorite, but these days I have to settle for the other versions pictured here.
I often make a cup when I’m trying to resist a late night urge to eat dessert. Or anytime when I need to warm my body, really.
I’d love to hear if you love it as much as I do and when you like to drink it!