Until only months ago, I [thought I] did not like chai.
Which seems quite ridiculous as my current cuppa chai sits not 6 inches from me; steam curling and twisting as my tea cools from liquid magma to a more drinkable temperature, and the smell of cinnamon, spices and a hint of vanilla drifts around my cubicle.
My current favorite 'recipe' is as follows;
2 Novus Spiced Chai teabags steeped, in a big mug, until almost dark as coffee
Stir with an Amber Sugar Cane stick until dissolved
Top off with Vanilla soymilk.
It's not just the drink's heat that is so welcome on a snow-frosted (but, of course, not enough for us all to be snowed in our cozy houses) Monday morning, but the flavor itself that warms you up from the belly out. The spice, the sweet, the rich bold flavor of the full leaf black tea… Really all that's missing is another 34" of snow.
Punky Phil says Spring's coming soon
Though, with an accuracy percent of 39
I trust him like I trust snow in June.
So to a long winter, we must all resign.
But my chai isn't all that's warm and sweet,
Winter also means a day called Valentine,
And I've got one request, don't make me repeat,
How 'bout it Chai, will you be mine?
…Just don't tell the Cocomels; the creamiest of artisan, small batch vegan caramels made with the smooth and healthful wonders of Coconut Milk. I may or may not already have a Valentine.
Honestly who could resist? Whether it's the perfectly executed contrast of salty and sweet with just a sprinkle of Fleur de Sel Sea Salt, or the dark and rich flavor of organic espresso beans carried perfectly on the subtly sweet undercurrent of creamy caramel and coconut milk, there is also Vanilla and the classic Original and nothing artificial or saccharine about 'em.
On second thought, maybe I'll be my own Valentine.
And I'll give my Valentine – the handsome, rakish, rogue that he is – enough Chai Tea to make it till Spring, whenever it arrives, and a whole barrel of Cocomels.
My, my, how thoughtful my Valentine is; that's exactly what I wanted.