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Icon 1 posted August 09, 2007 13:03      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've been looking for a good recipe for spiced tea, herbal or not, that does NOT contain Tang powder or instant tea crystals as a main ingredient. Ugh, I don't care if its tasty or not, thats just white trash goodness right there.

I'm not looking for chai tea, either, even though tea with chai spices without the milk added is extremely close to what I'm looking for but not quite there.

Any help?

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Ever had Thai tea? I don't really have a recipe, though, as I go to a market that sells loose Thai tea, which I can then prepare myself.

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Icon 1 posted August 09, 2007 13:26      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ba - you could keep it simple.....

1) Pick a tea blend you like, Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, whatever.
2) Make a brew to your taste, but no milk or sugar.
3) Give it few twists of the black pepper grinder.

Trust me, if the balance is right it will be very refreshing. After all, a lot of the "off-the-shelf" spiced teas use pepper as the main spice for 'oomph' but with a big hit of cinnamon added because the white folks think that all spiced tea should smell like cake.

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Icon 1 posted August 09, 2007 13:59      Profile for business attire     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac:
Ever had Thai tea? I don't really have a recipe, though, as I go to a market that sells loose Thai tea, which I can then prepare myself.

Yeah, I've had it. It was a little too sweet for me.

Grummy sounds closer, but I do like the cinnamon/clove/allspice/ginger taste. And finely chopped dried orange peel in the mix is also very good. I may try adding the black pepper to this, that, or a combination thereof.

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quote:
Originally posted by business attire:
quote:
Originally posted by Sxeptomaniac:
Ever had Thai tea? I don't really have a recipe, though, as I go to a market that sells loose Thai tea, which I can then prepare myself.

Yeah, I've had it. It was a little too sweet for me.

Grummy sounds closer, but I do like the cinnamon/clove/allspice/ginger taste. And finely chopped dried orange peel in the mix is also very good. I may try adding the black pepper to this, that, or a combination thereof.

Maybe you could throw the cinnamon/clove/allspice/ginger in a grinder and just give that a couple twists? (No idea if it would work well.)

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Have you ever tried sassafrass root tea? I don't think it tastes like chai. It comes out kind of pink. It ios really good.
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I got a chai latte at Borders on Monday. It was absolutely terrible. For some reason it tasted like it had black pepper in it. The barista added more milk, but it was still pretty bad. I was rather disappointed.

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I'm a pretty big fan of plain old Mountain Chai from Celestial Seasonings. Skip the milk and it's very nice - gives you a nice kick in the tongue and pants in the morning. I'm not sure it's distributed nationally though - the only place I've ever seen it is Boulder (but it's been a good four years since I actually looked for it outside of Boulder). I'll check what all they put in it when I get home, but off the top of my head it's got black and white pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and anise in it.

I could be wrong though.

ETA: Okay, so I have a box of tea on my shelf I forgot about...

It's actually now called Teahouse Chai: Original India Spice. The ingredients in order of appearance: black tea, cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory, cloves, cardamom, natural flavor (screw you too, Celestial Seasonings!), nutmeg, black pepper, chinese star anise, and vanilla bean.

Just to give you some ideas.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
I got a chai latte at Borders on Monday. It was absolutely terrible. For some reason it tasted like it had black pepper in it. The barista added more milk, but it was still pretty bad. I was rather disappointed.

sorry, but I can't help but LOL!
black pepper is one of the main spices in chai tea, rhonnie!

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But not that much!! It was burning my tongue and the back of my throat. I've never had chai like that, and like I said, I've had quite a bit of chai.

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Speaking of chai lattes, can I brew one in steamed milk, or does it have to be boiling water? Needless to say, I'll be using tea bags.
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