I am a big Chai fan. I have to have at least one cup of chai per day. I also like to make my own simple syrups and one of my favorite simple syrup is Cinnamon Dolce. Putting the two together is Awesome!
I go in streaks were I will drink lemon water in the morning before I do anything else. It happens every once in awhile. I would like to do it every morning but I don't always seem to remember. I found a wonderful recipe for a cleansing lemon drink with a punch in Get Naked in the Kitchen by Briana Santoro. This book has wonderful recipes in it and I love that they give a story behind each recipe.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email Toffler asking me if I would like to try a new tea. In the email it mentioned that this tea helps with digestion, metabolism and reduces snacking. I am in and sent back my reply right away.
I love my Keurig... Well I guess it really isn't mine as I bought it for my husband for his last birthday, but I still love it. It is perfect for us as we don't drink lots of coffee at a time and I really don't like coffee after it has sat in the pot for many hours. Now we can have a perfect cup of coffee right when we want it. The biggest problem with the Keurig is the expense of buy all the coffee pods... But it can be cheaper...
Last summer as I was shopping I found this Tazo Passion Tea
I believe that it is the same as they use in Starbucks.
It is perfect for those warm summer days.
1 Passion Tea Bag
1 qt hot water (1 litre)
1 qt cold water ( 1 litre)
fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries) ~ optional
Place 1 teabag in container that is safe for hot water. Pour 1 qt of hot water over tea bag. Let steep for 5 minutes. Add cold water. Cut up lemon into slices and add. Chill. Optional add fresh strawberries and blueberries. Serve over ice.
*** I do reuse the teabag a second time. The second batch isn't as strong but still is good. I usually try to add fresh fruit to the second batch.
Place cheesecloth on table and add peppercorn, nutmeg, cardamom, anise, ginger, nutmeg orange peel, lemon peel and vanilla pod (cut in thirds). Bring up edges of cheesecloth and tie around spices. Set aside.
In pot place water and brown sugar, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add tea bags, spice mixture, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and place in jar. Makes approximately 1 quart. Can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.
add teabag, cinnamon sticks and star anise
To make Chai Latte, add chai concentrate to milk of your choice. Most instructions say to use 1 part chai concentrate to 3 parts milk but I like to do it half and half. I also like to use French Vanilla Creamer in my Chai... So I used evaporated milk and French Vanilla Creamer. I did run out of Creamer so used French Vanilla Syrup instead of the creamer and it tasted just as good. You can always heat the milk if you want, it makes the tea warmer. Chai can be enjoyed hot or cold.