“Yes, that’s it! said the Hatter with a sigh…It’s tea time!”
– Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland
Don’t you just love the afternoon tea time? Well, mine happens to be between 4 & 4:30 pm. The sun is almost done for the day, the footpath is brimming with people rushing home, the roads teeming with cars honking away in utter restlessness and I’m a tired girl, beat from my walk/jog, eager to put my feet up and unwind. This cuppa’ tea is a rejuvenator, an energiser & confers on me about 200 ml of a spa experience. At times I look out my window into the frigid winter air, watching people snuggle up in their parkas & at times I’m lost in my own thoughts.
I must admit, I’m a big fan of black & green tea particularly flavoured ones. But once in a while I love to indulge in a milky chai especially when the rain gods decide to pay a visit. My husband on the other hand is totally a “milk tea” kinda guy.
Peppermint is fairly a new flavour to us and it’s versatility amazes me. So far, I’ve loved everything I’ve used it with…chocolates, hot chocolate, cookies… This winter, I thought, why not bring in some holiday cheer into our tea as well & that’s where peppermint chai comes in.It’s sweet, it’s minty, it’s warm, & delicious. With the tea and peppermint in action, it’s doubly refreshing too…. And for that reason, it’s become a huge favourite with the husband and I’m pretty sure peppermint chai is here to stay!
RECIPE FOR PEPPERMINT CHAI(for 1)
1.5-2 tsp of black tea leaves(I use Red Label)
A little more than 1/4 th cup of water
A little more than 3/4th cup of milk ( I use skim)
2 tsp of powdered candy canes (candy canes powdered in a mixie/blender)
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 sugar cube (optional)
1. Heat water on a stove and add tea leaves.
2. Once it’s brewed(about 2-3 minutes, do not put off the stove), add peppermint extract and milk.
3. Add sugar(if needed) and powdered candy canes. Allow the tea to simmer in low heat till you see a boil.
4. Strain and serve hot. NOTE
We like our tea a little extra sweet and hence I suggest a tasting before adding sugar cubes because the powdered candy canes are sweet too.