Friday, April 23, 2010

Chai (Indian Milk Tea)


Please ignore the muffled sobs coming from this little corner of the blogosphere. It's just me, quietly (ok, not so quietly) mourning the loss of my FAVORITE DRINK IN THE WHOLE WORLD, Starbucks' mocha frappuccino. The company has decided to discontinue the beloved old formula -- which is a whole 'nother matter -- but rather than continue to weep and wail over this sad day in American history, I have begun my quest for alternate wonderful beverages.
And this one's a fine start.
It contains plenty of sugar, making it a drink you'll want to consume in moderation. I'm choosing to call it dessert -- then I can calmly sit and sip my drink in peace.
CHAI (Indian Milk Tea)
3 c. cold water
2 three-inch cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 1/2 T. loose tea
3/8 c. sugar
1 c. milk
In medium saucepan, combine water and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil, then cover and boil for ten minutes. Add the tea. Return to boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, for three minutes. Stir in sugar and milk until sugar dissolves. Cover and simmer for four more minutes. Strain before drinking. Serves 3. (You can keep this in the fridge and reheat in the microwave later.)
Do you have a great beverage recipe you'd be willing to share? Perhaps one that contains sugar, caffeine, and chocolate, she asks with a wee bit of hope in her voice?

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Barbara H. said...

I don't drink those (Can't have dairy or caffeine), but I am surprised - I thought mocha frappuccino was one of their classic items.

I'm pretty boring in the hot drink department -- just decaf instant coffee with Coffeemate. :-)

April 23, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

they're really doing away with it? That's crazy! Wow. Now I'm depressed.

that chai looks delicious though!

April 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Barbara H. and Joanne, they still offer mocha frappuccinos on their menu, but they have changed the formula, so it really is a completely different drink now. It's kind of like the difference between Coke and Tab. The regular SB customers are pretty unhappy about it. Sniff.

April 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

My deepest sympathies.

Truly.

This coming from the woman who still mourns Sonic's old onion ring recipe.

April 23, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

We can mourn together, Carpool Queen.

April 23, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Flat Creek Farm said...

So sorry for your loss of the fave drink :( I am glad to see this recipe though. I love chai! Looks simpler than I imagined it would be to make from scratch. Awesome. Thanks, and enjoy your weekend! -Tammy

April 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger DarcyLee said...

I'm more of a coffee person but my oldest daughter would really love this recipe. I'll share it with her.

April 24, 2010 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger glenda09 said...

I'm sorry for your loss. That sounds good! I would just not put the sugar;)

Me and Mine in a Small Town

April 24, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

i get really sad when restaurant discontinue my faves too. looks like you found a good sub though!

April 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

Oh, that is a shame about the frapp! I'll have to console myself with this chai. :)

April 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I hate that when they discontinue my favorite things. But it is a good excuse to find a new favorite.

April 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Oh I did not realize that Chai has cinnamon...and sorry about your favorite drink :-(

April 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Don't you hate when that happens. You get used to something and then the company wisks it away!

Thanks for stopping in at my blog, and for your lovely comments. I will have to take a look at your books soon; it seems filled with wonderful tips on Homemaking.

God Bless!

April 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

You know that saying when the door closes a window opens. A new favorite lurks somewhere, it's your duty to seek it out!
Meanwhile enjoy the Chai, it looks delicious.
Mimi

April 26, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Watch out! Chai is highly addictive!

I only like certain brands. I have made my own too. Pretty good since you can control the seasonings. I am not particularly fond of the ones that have a lot of pepper in them.

April 27, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I don't get why they're getting rid of it. Your chai recipe sounds delish!

April 29, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

You are better off anyway. Tea is healthier, and homemade is always better and cheaper.
Chai is delicious and also one of my favorites. I add pepper to mine. Very tasty.

April 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds great!

April 30, 2010 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Hi Lynn, this sounds so good. My favorite drink is to add "chocolet Chai rice milk" to tea or decaf coffee. Not a lot of sugar in it that way that I cannot have.
Thank you for your comment and I hope your kitchen turns out good.
Sharon

May 1, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lori and Joy, I didn't know Chai sometimes came with pepper in it. I'm not generally a pepper fan, but then again, I have made some breads with a fair amount of pepper in them and they were yummy. So maybe I'd be surprised and like it.

Sharon, thanks for the chocolate chai rice milk tip. I will have to look for that at the grocery store :) Sounds delicious.

May 1, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

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