Almost everyone I know loves chai but hates the cost of buying it at a retail establishment. Plus, I wanted to be able to make a quick cup at home in the microwave and also give a mix for New Year gifts. I used all the suggested ingredients.
I followed this recipe exactly, with the exception of reducing the sugar by one cup. The creamers already had sweetener added, and I don't like overly sweet beverages. Next time I will make this with Truvia, but since this batch is for gifts I used sugar. Also, I could not find instant tea mix that did not state it was for iced tea, and I assumed instant iced tea mix would work (without lemon or sugar added by the manufacturer).
I realized as I mixed the ingredients that my blender would not hold all the ingredients, so I first poured the full amount into a large pitcher and shook it to try to distribute the ingredients evenly. Then I put half into the blender and blended on mix, followed by whip. I repeated this step with the other half, then poured both halves back into the big pitcher and shook it some more. I wanted to be sure the ingredients were mixed throughout. The results are a very fine powder that mixes well with hot water and tastes divine.
I figure each cup costs about 30 cents to make, maybe less.
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Almost everyone I know loves chai but hates the cost of buying it at a retail establishment....