It’s finally starting to feel like springtime here in the States. Flowers are blooming, the air feels fresh, and the chilly winter months are behind us (hopefully.) But that doesn’t mean that our days of cozying up on the couch with a mug of chai tea are over! Chai is a beverage that can and should be enjoyed year-round, and can be modified to fit all different seasons. Below are some of my favorite ways to spice up my chai habit, depending on the what’s in bloom, what time of year it is, and what I’m craving.
Springtime Chai - light and floral
In the spring months, fragrant flowers and herbs like are just starting to bloom. Take advantage of this by adding some fresh blooms to your chai blend like hibiscus or lavender for a take on a slightly more floral tea or latte. Typically, the best way to do this is to add the blooms right in with your regular Mother’s Kitchen Essentials chai blend when you’re boiling the water. Don’t forget to save a bloom or two as a garnish!
Summertime Chai - cool and fruity
Iced chai lattes are one of my all-time favorite summer drinks, and are super easy to make. Just follow my video instructions for making a regular chai latte, and pour over a generous helping of ice. For a fruitier treat, throw your iced chai latte into the blender with some frozen fruit for a smoothie-like drink. I love the way peaches and pineapple pair with the spices in the chai.
Fall Chai - warm and festive
It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkin spice lattes. To make the chai tea version, heat a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree, along with a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, over low heat. Play around with the proportions to fit your preferences. Then, add your water, milk, and chai spice as you normally would, and stir at a boil until the puree is completely dissolved. A few drops of vanilla really make the flavors pop.
Winter Chai - cozy and traditional
I like to keep my winter chai recipes pretty straightforward, with a little splash of a holiday-themed flavor. Adding mint leaves at the same time as the other parts of the tea blend, or serving with a dollop of whipped cream, can make an already-perfect chai recipe a little more festive.