For anyone who follows my Twitter or my Instagram feed, they’ll know how much I love chai. It’s my favourite treat of the day. I’m always pleased to discover a café who sells chai lattes. That being said, I’ve had many different types of chai lattes – sometimes even in the same place. Some places use chai teabags & add hot milk; some places use warm milk & add a chai syrup; some places use Drink Me Chai & add warm milk. This last one is my favourite because it enables you to get the right mix of spice, creaminess & warmth.
Here’s how I like my chai:
I always use Drink Me Chai Spiced flavour at home. It’s easy & convenient. I add 4 teaspoons of the mix to my favourite mug, Big Brown, & boil the kettle. (Yes, I named my mug – what of it?!) I add about 1/4 cup of hot water to dilute the mix then start on heating the milk. I use light soya milk & it works fine, but it’s not to everyone’s taste. It does alter the taste slightly, but I’m used to it now. When I have chai in cafes, I don’t usually bother to ask about soya milk because semi-skimmed milk actually gives a nice taste. We’ve got a fancy Dualit coffee machine that enables me to heat up the milk & get a decent froth on it, something which didn’t happen with our Nespresso machine. I don’t mind a bit of foam because it helps to keep the drink warm, which is really important. But sometimes, too much foam means not enough chai!
I occasionally sprinkle some cinnamon on the top before I drink it, as it just makes it even more luxurious! I usually have a chai latte once a day – anymore than that & I’m worried that my love of chai might just grow into an addiction! There are also quite a few different flavours of Drink Me Chai: Vanilla, chocolate, mango & peppermint, but my favourite is Spiced Chai & pretty much only drink that. It’s such a warming drink that it fits perfectly with my chilly little study!
One of the biggest criticisms I have of cafés is a lukewarm chai. As you know, I’m almost always cold & one of the things I love about chai is it warms me up. So to have one that I can drink really quickly is really disappointing. A chai latte should be something that you take a break over, not something that you have to drink quickly because it’s going cold. And it shouldn’t be too milky either. I’ll order a spiced chai for a reason: I want to taste the spice!
I’d love to know how you like your chai or if you have any other chai recipes. Let me know! x
I’ve been really good in January with food etc. I’ve been working really hard so thought I’d treat myself to a bite to eat out and I fancied somewhere different so headed to Thame. I wanted somewhere with wifi & a friend suggested Time Out. The drinks menu is extensive. They serve almost every kind of Tea Pigs tea possible, the full range of Drink Me Chai, coffees and milkshakes galore. The food menu isn’t quite so extensive but I did have a very tasty goats cheese & cranberry ciabatta roll, which I had toasted.
It was lush. It cost £4.50, which I thought was a bit pricey but didn’t mind the cost once I’d tasted it as it was delicious. Naturally I had a spiced chai, which was £2.50 for a standard size. This is quite reasonable as Starbucks will charge you over £3 for a tall chai latte, which is an inferior drink anyway. It has a really nice relaxed atmosphere and the staff were great. I’d definitely come back here. x
It’s been a busy old week. So imagine my absolute joy when I arrived home yesterday (tired after a late night at the Take That concert in Cardiff! OMG!) & found a packet full of Drink Me Chai chocolate chai on my doorstep I could barely contain my excitement.
This is one of the reasons I love Twitter so much. I received the sample via a conversation with Throwing Buns cafe who’ve recently started selling my favourite spiced chai. Another of my favourite cafes, Combibos Coffee sells the Drink Me chai selection but I don’t get much opportunity to get there these days. So when I saw, via twitter, that Throwing Buns was interested in chocolate chai I got in on the conversation and said that I’d never seen it for sale. I was then offered some samples. A few days later they arrived. For me this is like Christmas! Spiced chai is my absolute favourite and have some almost everyday. We have a Nespresso machine at home that has a milk heater. This means I can make my own chai. Pure heaven. But would the chocolate chai be a suitable match for my beloved spiced?
I heated the milk and put the kettle on. I emptied a sachet into my favourite chai mug. (Yes I know that makes me sound a bit mental!) I waited with anticipation & felt a bit guilty that my usual spiced chai wouldn’t be needed today.
I mixed it all together & waited for it to cool. It was nice. Chocolatey. With a subtle hint of spice. It was good. Don’t worry – I still prefer the spiced. But I prefer the chocolate to the vanilla chai. However, it does show how versatile chai can be. I know they also do mango & peppermint chai but these aren’t for me. I don’t do mango at all & am fussy about mint flavoured things (It should be reserved for toothpaste & mints. Don’t ask. I have weird food rules!)
Most of all I was impressed with the company. They have a fantastic product. They are personal & friendly and communicate with people via twitter.
Thank you so much Drink Me chai. I can highly recommend the choccy chai and I will do so. A lot!