Our Amazing Thunder Mountain Chai

CHAI – the word Chai means ‘spiced tea’ – so if we call it Chai Tea, we would be saying Tea Tea – But, hey – We Americans put our own spin on things.

I have searched high and low for a great Chai.  I love Chai, but there are so many recipes out there that just don’t hit the mark, and everywhere I go I order Chai.  The fancy coffee houses use syrup laden with sugar.  That isn’t a healthy way to have Chai.  So back to the kitchen I went, and I came up with a recipe that I love.  It didn’t just happen, I’m here to tell you, it was a work in progress for weeks.  Now, Thunder Mountain Chai is ready to hit the big time!

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Thunder Mountain Chai – A Chai worth trying!  Assam* tea blended with Organic Cinnamon, Cardamom (both pods and seeds), Cloves, Anise, Organic Ginger, Pepper, Orange and Lemon peel, and a touch of Organic Licorice Root for sweetness (so we don’t have to add a sweetener) and Ajwain, for that authentic flavor.  Directions:  If making it just for myself, I take the mug that I will be using and fill it a bit over half full of water, and the same amount with milk (Just a note, I am lactose intolerant so I use a brand of Almond and Coconut milk blend) and add them both to a pan on the stove, and bring to just below boiling.  Add about 1 TBSP of Chai Blend to the milk and water mixture. I use my paper filters so I have a way to contain my spices and use them again.  When using the filters, I put the amount of Chai Blend in and then twist the top, drop the filter into the milk/water mixture, lay the end of the filter over the side of the pan and cover with a lid to hold the filter in place.  Simmer for about 5 minutes.  It takes longer for spices to release their flavors than it does tea.   Remove the tea filter and set aside to reuse, and pour the hot mixture into the mug.  If you need to add sugar, which I haven't found necessary, but if so, either a touch of sugar or honey will be enough.  Enjoy!


Ideas:   If you want to froth your milk, there is no reason to add milk to the mixture.  Just froth, add to the mug, and enjoy.  I use my French Press to froth, works beautifully.  Also, Dad loves it with whipped cream on top, and now that the holidays are nearing, I am using an Eggnog made with Almond milk for mine sometimes.  Fall and Winter are great times to share a Chai with your family.  *Assam tea is natural, but not organic.

Available:    $14.50 - 4 oz. Bag