Even though we owned a craft coffee shop for over a year, I can list “barista” as a skillset on a resume, and I know more about coffee than most people, I actually don’t drink it. I can actually tolerate the taste of really good, craft coffee, but the bigger issue is the caffeine. I can’t even drink caffeinated tea. We’re talking dizziness, heart pounding, head fog…I know, so sad. However, I drink enough tisanes (proper term for herbal “tea”) to float a boat.
I LOVE chai. Unfortunately, most chai is black tea based.
I recently came up with a recipe for herbal chai that makes me happy so I though I’d share it with you.
- Get a pot of organic rooibos going. (My favorite tea distributor is Joy’s Teaspoon.) Just follow the directions on the package. Rooibos is a pretty forgiving tisane. Obviously using loose is better than bagged.
- Now the fun part. Prepare your mug with the spices. I use essential oils to flavor mine because they are cost effective, natural, and have added benefits. I recommend a finger swipe of cardamom, a finger swipe of cassia or cinnamon, and a full drop of ginger. However, you can adjust this flavor balance to make your taste buds happy!
- Pour your steamy rooibos into your mug, inhale deeply the delicious aromas, sip, and enjoy.
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