Monday, April 25, 2011

Cold cinnamon chai latte

Drinking hot tea in the hot summer evenings was getting to be a bit too hot for me. Hence the idea of drinking iced tea. Besides adding a delicious flavor to tea, cinnamon has several health benefits too. Thus cinnamon tea became the beverage of choice and me being me, I came up with the quickest and laziest method of making the drink. Only thing is, you need to start an hour before you actually want to drink the tea (or else follow the shortcut listed in notes).
Cinnamon chai latte
Cold cinnamon chai latte

Ingredients (makes 1 cup):
1 cup water
1 tea-bag (black tea like Taj Mahal or Lipton)
Sugar to taste
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder (start with a quarter tsp and increase per taste)
Milk to taste

Method:
1. Place tea bag in a microwave safe mug and pour water.
2. Microwave for 2 minutes and steep tea for another 4 minutes.
3. Toss out the tea-bag, add in the sugar and stir to dissolve.
4. Place mug in the freezer section of refrigerator for an hour (or till it gets cold enough for you - but don't wait till it turns to ice)!
5. Add in milk, stir.
6. Add in cinnamon powder and stir.
7. If you have one of those hand-held espresso frothers, go ahead and whir it through your drink for about 10 seconds or till the froth forms. Else, simply stir vigorously with a spoon till a froth forms.

Refreshing iced cinnamon tea is ready.

Notes:
1. You could always go ahead and brew tea leaves in boiling water in a saucepan instead of step 1. Like I said, I am lazy.
2. If you are out of time, use only half a cup of water for brewing the tea and then add ice-cubes/very cold water for the rest (I prefer the original way though).
3. You also whiz the tea in a blender for a few seconds after step 6 if you don't have a frother. Again, I am lazy :-).
4. About 3-4 drops of pure vanilla essence can also be added to the tea if you like. Do not use artificial vanilla essence - it will leave a weird bitter aftertaste.

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