You know one of the best things in the world? Seeing your kids' faces on Christmas morning. The surprise, the unbridled ecstatic scream, the sheer joy tempered by the thought that maybe this is too good to be true. You know that look? That's the look my kids give me when I tell them I'll make them the 'Milky Drink', and I love it. I love this drink, too: sweet, creamy, cold, refreshing, and I'm making it for when my kids get home from school today. Oh mama, I gotta go have me some...
To make 1 gallon of Herbal Chai:
1 gallon pitcher, 3/4 full of ice
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 packets any dessert-type herbal tea, but my FAVORITE is Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings
1/2-1 can evaporated milk, to taste
8 cups water
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Turn off heat, then add tea packets and let steep 10-15 minutes.
Strain all the juice from the tea packets into the pot; don't let any of that brown goodness escape! Discard the tea packets.
Add sugar to hot tea, and stir to dissolve.
Pour tea into pitcher filled with ice, then add milk and stir.
Ahhhh, the final product.
The reward. Of course, this was after the shoving match to be the first to get a drink, because you never know if that gallon pitcher is gonna be empty by the time the third cup is up to bat.
P.S. To make a single serving, here's what you do: fill a hot chocolate mug 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil in the microwave; steep 2 tea packets in hot water for 5-10 minutes; strain tea bags and sweeten tea to taste; pour into 2-cup capacity glass, along with a splash of evap. milk; fill the rest of the way with ice. And there you go: just grab a book and head out to your patio to claim the most comfortable chair.