Dandelion Chai Tea

Decidedly Southern “Dandelion Chai Tea”
by
Alynn Robi

2014-07-21 04.33.04_Memphis_Tennessee_US

With the dips and drops in temperature this summer, overnight, I managed to get a summer a cold with a lengthy recovery time (sinusitis). After drinking up my favorite prepared chai tea mix (Pacific Vanilla Chai) rather than rush out and buy more I decided to try out my Organic Alvita Dandelion Root which is touted as a “coffee substitute” that is naturally caffeine free.

The ground nutty aroma and deep amber color goes perfectly with the fresh ginger and warming chai spices. This combination naturally adds an element of medicinal benefits for decongestion as well as healthy liver function to facilitate a quicker return to wellness.

Ingredients:

2014-07-21 04.05.28_Memphis_Tennessee_US

Fresh Filtered Water (Ozarka is a personal favorite of mine)
Organic Alvita Dandelion Root Tea (2 bags already joined)
Organic Fat Free Great Value Milk (dash or 2 tablespoons)
Great Value French Vanilla Coffee Creamer (dash or 3 teaspoons)

2014-07-21 04.07.17_Memphis_Tennessee_US

Flavorings:

Raw unfiltered Wild Flower Honey (2 tablespoons or to taste)
Real ginger root (at least 1/2 teaspoon freshly minced OR grated)
1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) All Spice
1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) Ground Cinnamon

Tools: (for by the cup) Dandelion Chai

2014-07-21 04.08.29_Memphis_Tennessee_US

1 microwave safe handled glass or cup (capable of holding 2 and half cups of water or at least 12 ounces)
1 knife (for peeling fresh ginger)
1 spoon (for continued stirring)
1 mincer or grater (for grating ginger)
1 lid (for steeping)
1 microwave (time set for correct steeping)

Step 1.

2014-07-21 04.14.09_Memphis_Tennessee_US

Fill cup to three quarters of a way full with fresh filtered water and add the 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.

Step 2.

Heat water until boiling. (@ 2 minutes and 50 seconds the ginger should be bubbling nicely in a rolling boil with a standard microwave set at full power!)

Step 3.

2014-07-21 04.27.43_Memphis_Tennessee_US

Add two tea bags of dandelion root tea and steep for recommended 12 minutes with the lid. (This keeps in the nutty flavor of the dandelion as well as ensures correct infusion of ginger)

Step 4.

Remove tea bag and add flavorings (honey, milk, creamer, all spice, cinnamon)

Step 5.

2014-07-21 04.31.46_Memphis_Tennessee_US

Stir continuously as you sip and enjoy!

Just so you Know!!

(If you are not a fan of the bits of ginger which are perfectly healthy as well as edible but tend to collect at the bottom of the cup, you can always filter it out with a tea straining spoon or strainer after infusing with boiling time. It adds an extra step and takes a bit more time but having a drink you can enjoy to the last drop depends on the preparer’s pallet!)

(This recipe features both organic as well as some processed ground flavorings and spices for time consideration. I subscribe to the “moderation” philosophy of consumption and “using what you have”. It is quite easy to overspend in an attempt to make a point but making the switch to wellness is easier as well as less costly if we gently wean ourselves of overly-processed ingredients)

Advertisements

Author: awesomesauceryness

Life is pain, but still there is beauty to seen. An "awesomesauceryness" to the jagged edges, perhaps?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s