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Travel The World During Chai Time

We Indians love our tea! A cup every morning, one in the evening, makes it a perfect day for many of us. And how can we forget the gossips that take place during tea-time along with some delectable finger-foods?

Nostalgic already!

So, why not give this chai-time some twist with Freshmen’s Valley, by serving teas famous across the world? Add to it some homemade shortbread cookies with amazing flavors, and your tea parties will soon be the talk of the town!

London Fog Tea Latte (Earl Grey Latte)

Earl Grey Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Earl grey tea bag
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Lavender (highly recommended)

Preparation:

  • Brew earl grey tea and lavender together, and steep for 3 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag and strain out the lavender.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until combined as per taste.
  • Serve warm.

Taiwanese Milk Tea (Bubble Tea)

Bubble Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of Red Rose Tea
  • Cane Sugar
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • Cooked boba/tapioca pearls

Preparation:

  • Brew the red rose tea, and steep for few minutes.
  • Mix the tea in the martini shaker with sugar and milk as per taste.
  • Serve over ice with boba/tapioca pearls.

Thai Iced Tea Recipe (Cha Yen)

Thai Iced Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Thai black tea
  • 1 cup hot boiling water
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sugar
  • 1 cup of ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Brew tea, and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Pour in hot tea in a new cup till it fills ¾ of it.
  • Add sugar & sweetened condensed milk as per taste, and give it a nice stir.
  • Now add evaporated milk as per your liking, and continue to stir the tea until everything is fully mixed in.
  • A good Thai iced tea has a little froth on top, so take 2 pitchers, and pour the tea from one to the other with a bit of elevation, before serving.
  • Take a serving cup and fill it all the way to the top with ice.
  • Gentry pour your hot tea mixture over the ice, add a straw and serve.

Teh Tarik aka “Pulled Tea”

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ tbsp Teh Tarik tea dust
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 4 tbsp condensed milk

Preparation:

  • For tea – in a steel mug/glass put the powdered tea and hot water. Cover and leave it to steep for about 5 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter into another steel cup. Add condensed milk. Stir well.
  • For pull tea – holding a clean steel cup with tea in one hand, pour tea into a mug in another. Repeat the process a few times until tea is frothy. Try to pull it from as high as possible. Serve hot.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in vanilla; add flour and mix well.
  • Put through cookie press and form cookies onto baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Allow them to cool before using frosting over them.
  • To make cookies interesting you can add flavours to it like espresso, chilli powder, cinnamon powder, rosemary sprigs, lavender, or frost it with cream cheese and top it up with strawberry, hazelnuts, pistachio, lemon zest, etc. before serving.

With these tea recipes and innovative shortbread cookie ideas to accompany, your tea-time is going to be special from now on!