Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Experimenting with Chai
OK, so it's not about art but it is about experimenting. A few days ago, I mentioned that I have fallen in love with Chai tea. Since that time, I'm trying different ones. First, it was the Tazo concentrate and you just add milk. I like it but it's a little too sweet and has too much pepper. Next, I tried Oregon Chai.. another concentrate. I purchased the "slightly sweet". Well, it was still a little too sweet for me. Next, I purchased the same brand but in "sugar-free"... only to realize after tasting it, that it was NOT sugar free but contained Sucralose... not something I want to drink... and it tasted sweeter than the previous "slightly sweet". YUK! Today, I was at Fresh & Easy (If ya'll don't have these stores, you are missin' out!) I purchased some chai tea bags figuring I'd be better off and it would be cheaper to just make it from scratch so I can adjust the sweetness myself. I still need to play around with the tea to milk ratio. I'm using Agave syrup as a sweetener because it has a milder flavor than honey. I'm using low-fat milk and plan to try almond milk too. I think I'm on the right track. Does anyone have any experience or advise... a favorite brand, etc... that you'd like to share with me?