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Hot Chocolate Chai

Because I have to watch the amount of sugar I get during my pregnancy, I found this Chocolate Chai recipe:

Take 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water (I just use 1 cup unsweetened soy-milk) and heat until desired temperature. Steep Chai tea (either bag, or loose, your choice) for 5 minutes. (I steep longer because I love the taste of Chai.) Mix in 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate, stir well.

It's not that bad really, for a sugar-free recipe.

I'd make a cup now, but I"m out of Chai. And hot chocolate. :(


Serious Eats: What is Oolong tea

Serious Eats has a post on tea today:
Oolong: The Tea for Tea People.

Like at least one commenter on Serious Eats, I like my oolong over ice.
How do you drink it?
Edited to fix the link.


tea basics

please post or link your 'basic' way of brewing tea!

Alton Brown
Perfect Cup of Tea

4 servings


* 4 heaping teaspoons loose tea
* 4 cups water


Place loose tea leaves into a warmed tea kettle. Pour heated water over loose tea leaves. Let steep. Strain tea and serve.

*Note: For Oolong and Green tea, water should simmer at 200 degrees F. and 180 degrees F.

*For Irish and English tea bring water to a full boil.

*Black tea should soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Oolong tea should soak for 4 to 7 minutes. Green Tea should soak for 2 to 3 minutes.

masala chai

i admit to being a relative newbie to tea. i have always made my tea the way that i was taught. i was shown my tea basics by both coworkers and friends originally from south india, or whose parents came over from south india. language fun - chai is tea, and masala is spicy. what most americans refer to as chai is actually bastardized masala chai brewed like coffee, or spiced sugar syrup.
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i'm off to run some errands and stuff, but i got started on the user info. any suggestions welcome! i'm going to try to put together some basic how-to tea FAQ's and link/post those first.i wanted the community to be hand_blended_tea but that was too long! :)

i am pretty much a masala chai whore. that's all i drink. i'm excited to try everyone's favorties, because really, if we have 5 members, that at least 5 recipes i don't have!

i'm adding tags, so we will be able to browse the entries easier.

revewis of storebought teas also welcome!