Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Herbal Chai (aka Milky Drink)

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.


  1. I have never had anything with Chai in it. Looks like the kids like it so i am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've actually never had Chai either, only herbal tea. But this is what I imagine Chai tasting like. Hope your kids like it!

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  4. Crystalin! I love your new look! Sorry, I've been one of those sneak in and take a look viewers without leaving a "love & thanks" note. My mouth is just watering over all the good things to try. The next time Jerry asks for "something cool and refreshing" he's going to die when he gets this instead of apple juice and ice cubes! Love you!

  5. Hey Crystalin! I just went to the store to buy everything to make this and of course they didn't have any herbal tea that wasn't sleepy time tea or something else that was completely the wrong flavor. Where do you get yours? Could I buy some from you??? I really am craving it!

  6. Heehee, craving it before you taste it, huh? You must be preggo or something! Definitely my kind of girl! Don't worry, I've got you covered: I'll bring a box tomorrow. It's not the kind that's my favorite, but it's one of the first kinds that sold me on this drink.

  7. Thanks Crystalin! I tasted it at JoJo's baby shower, but reading about it reminded me of it's goodness! I did however make the pina colada instead ;-) Can't wait till tomorrow, LOL.

  8. Thanks for the tea bags! I just got finished drinking my single serving! DEEEELIIIISH :)

  9. Crystalin, I think you've inspired me to make a cooking blog of my own. I love cooking and spend most of my time in the kitchen. Like you, I can go on for hours to make that perfect recipe. I always experiment with different ingredients too, but can never remember how I put them all together to make that delicious food again, so writing those special recipes down would be a perfect way to cherish them forever. I love sharing my talent with others and feel that it's the most rewarding experience. Seeing people dig in and carry a smile on their faces because they're eating good food is why I love to cook.

    I'll definitley stay up on this blog. Thanks. By the way, this drink sounds fabulous.