Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chocolate Chai: Super Cozy & Comforting

This Winter has been insane: lots of wind, lots of snow and some travel during it all. It's the kind of frigid onslaught that makes one just want to stay inside all day with blankets and books. I have been doing plenty of cozy reading, but I find nothing more comforting on a cold night than a nice hot beverage. While fluffy snowfall continues with no end in sight, I party it up in the kitchen with two of my favorite flavors: chocolate and chai. This drink is a delicious combination of hot chocolate and chai tea. It feels super indulgent to drink and makes the poor weather seem not-so-bad (but really: when is Spring coming?).

 Chocolate Chai
serves 1, but can easily be multiplied

1 c milk*
1 1/2 T cocoa powder
2 t honey**
1 t vanilla extract
1 chai tea bag
*whole milk is delightfully creamy, but almond milk is also good
**honey is my favorite sweetener; you can use a different kind and adjust the amount to taste

Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder and honey, combining completely. Whisk every so often, scraping sides and bottom of pan, until milk is steaming and feels a little warmer than the temperature at which you'd like to drink your beverage. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Place a chai tea bag in your favorite mug. Use a ladle or very carefully pour the hot milk mixture into your cup. Steep tea for 2-3 minutes then remove, squeezing out as much flavor from the bag as you can.

From this point you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon or, if you want an extra treat, some whipped cream. It's totally tasty on its own, though. Plus, this cute owl mug is a good addition.

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