Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mulled apple cider chai


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Coming from a land of die hard chai fans, where desi chai is boiled with spices and ginger with a generous helping of full fat milk as creamer…this might just look like boiled water lol! ( at least from where I come from) I must say over the years my taste buds have learned to appreciate the subtle blends of spices brewed with a mild tea. I really enjoy some light versions of tea more than the  kadak (strong) chai. Don't get me wrong, I still love a dialed down version of adrak (ginger) chai, but not as much. I remember when I was in Dehradun, India this summer and I was making myself some cinnamon tea, from fresh cinnamon leaves ( grown in my sister's  place),  my mother's cook asked me why I was boiling water with some leaf, when I told her it was tea…I think she was certain that it was some kind of medication for a stomach ailment or a chest congestion. When I was brewing this chai to serve it to some of my friends that evening, she told me that she rather serve them 'proper chai' least they think she's a horrible cook. I assured her that her name will not be associated with the chai, and I will take the full brunt of it. It must have been a shock to her that they asked for seconds… finally I convinced her to try it. The next moment she was taking some cinnamon leaves home ;) I dug up a picture of the fresh cinnamon leaves from my visit.
 I was trying to clean up my photographs from my hard drive, ( note the word trying) I was reminded of the cinnamon chai - and since there was no way I could get some fresh cinnamon leaves…I created something very different this has become a staple drink for cool ( read cold) fall evenings. I was not sure how finally teen and my better half will react to this concoction. Finally teen, did not like star anise  in her chai, so the next time I made it I replace it with cardamom. My better half lapped it up, he's pretty vocal about his taste preferences, and the fact that he asked for it this morning…makes it quite a hit.

I have got some email and messages on Fb about this mug, it is from good earth, my sister gifted this to me when I was visiting her this summer. Thank you Sista!


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1 cup apple cider
1 cup green tea brewed with spices of your choice ( I used a small piece of star anise, one clove, a bit of cinnamon stick and some red pepper, In another version I replaced the star anise with green cardamom)
Mix the apple cider with the brewed chai,  heat and serve hot!
1 tsp honey optional
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We got our first snow this week …there is always something magical about the first snow, I am always intrigued by change which is the only constant in mother nature's dictionary. Here is an iPhone shot …


Here is a link to mulled wine…it's addictive so watch out!

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15 comments:

  1. We haven't had any snow yet. The mulled apple chai looks like the perfect way to tide over the cold weather!

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  2. I really need this hot cup of tea to fight back this freezing temperature. Lovely shot of the tea and of course the smoke, you nailed it again.

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  3. nice comfort drink for winter:)

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  4. Oh goody! adding something to green tea ... u had e there! I am one of those few, who do not like green tea, but this changes things.

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  5. No one can beat you in photography! Perfect Simi

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    1. Sangeetha : you made my day ! thank you so much.

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  6. Ohh clouds on top of hot tea is so beautiful.
    This looks like a perfect cuppa on a cool wintery day.

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  7. Beautiful clicks, Simi. Having a cup of chai right now too :-) So warming!

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  8. A delightful drink! this chai is very original.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. That chai looks delightful, but I absolutely love your mug and saucer. That little elephant's friend is on one of my plates... could it be Good Earth??? Do you think they still have them?

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    1. Thanks! yes it is from Good Earth ! my sister gifted this to me, when I was visiting this summer. Am not sure if they still have them. I can find out if you want.

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    2. :-) Thank you, but I don't have any plans to go back as of now, unless they shipped. Love your blog by the way, nice recipes :-)

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  10. Utterly gorgeous mug of mulled cider!! Love the addition of green tea :)

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  11. Your photos are gorgeous! I have got to say, I am getting really thirsty after this post!

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  12. chai

    what a amazing brand ..........i really like it....!!!
    because it is a combination of many flavor..it,s good for health........

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