As I get older, day by day, in this cruel hoax called life, I cherish my caffeine-time as I try to get my brittle bones moving, my soggy brain firing, and my tired ass motivated. In the summer it's iced coffee, six sugars sitting in the bottom, sucked up in a crunchy caffeine stream.
Chai as my daily pick-me-up. I do loves me some spice in the winter time. Well-seasoned sweets, seasoned savories -- it all makes me feel so cozy. I'm a New Englander by rights, so Pumpkin Pie, Indian Pudding, Bell Seasoning and the like are in my blood. It's only natural that Chai is my choice for a starter.
DON'T go buy those ready-made mixes with dried milk and sugar added in. They all seem too sweet to me. There's so many great sites with recipes for you to try. Just buy the above spices and some good Assam tea, and get busy in the kitchen finding the mix you like. I do 1 part cardamom, 3/4 part cinnamon, 1/2 part ginger and a pinch of clove -- all powder in water until it boils and then let it simmer for 15minutes. Add in my Assam and let it steep for 10 more. Add honey and milk and let 'er rip!