Like all good tea fanatics, when I go to Starbucks, I order tea more often than coffee. In warm weather, I almost always order either iced green, black, or Passion tea or a Green Tea Frappe. In cold weather, I’m like clockwork – it’s a Chai Tea Latte each and every time.
Why the insane loyalty?
- Chai Tea Lattes are beyond delicious. There’s something extra special about the flavor that Chai Tea brings to the party.
- Chai Tea warms you up! I’ve always thought people who grab coffee to “warm up” in winter were doing what’s “second best.” The spices in Chai Tea LITERALLY warm you up, inside/out. The next time you have to be out and about on a winter day – drink a Chai Tea Latte first and you’ll see what I mean.
- I hate to brag, but I have asthma and have all my life. What can I say, some people just know how to rock and roll. When I was a little (when I was more of a Crazy Chocolate Milk Chick than a Crazy Tea Chick), my Pediatrician told my mom to give me coffee each day. He said it’d help open my bronchial passages and help me breathe easier. Coffee honestly does open you up – whether you have asthma, bronchitis, an upper respiratory infection, allergies or all of the above. About 6 years ago, I discovered something that I’m convinced works EVEN better – Chai Tea Lattes. I had bronchitis at the time (something that causes my asthma to go full tilt psycho) and my husband brought me a hot Chai Tea Latte. Halfway through the deliciousness, I noticed that I was breathing MUCH better and could… egads!… even take a deep breath. Since then, a Chai Tea Latte is my “go to” drink when breathing isn’t as fluid as I’d like. Heck, it’s my “go to” drink even when it is.
Naturally, you can’t always get to a Starbucks – sometimes they have the audacity to close for the night. Thanks to TAZO (the brand of tea Starbucks uses), you can make your own Chai Tea Lattes at home. The Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate (32 ounce) shown at the top is the stuff dreams are made of. You simply mix equal amounts of this concentrate and milk (whole milk, 2%, soy… your choice), warm it up in a saucepan, and pour it into a cup. It’s absolutely simple and absolutely delicious. It’s also a better bargain.
Normally, I top off the top with a little frothed milk or whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg. You just would not believe how great it tastes. However, even when I keep it simple as pie – like in the picture above – it’s uncommonly delicious.
Click through the link or image at the top to learn more about this delicious Chai Tea Latte Concentrate.