TEA JOURNAL | RUM & CHAIDER: Once upon a time a few year's back, I was visiting friends at a cute little pub in a cute little New York town. On the bar of that cute little pub in the cute little town was a great big slow cooker filled with spiced apple cider... which they served to us warm and wonderful with a special twist... RUM. (My favorite!) Now that is fine and wonderful and delicious and perfectly excellent on a cold night all on its own, but let's take it up a notch, shall we? For this we need another short tale... Once upon a Fall afternoon, I stumbled upon sweet and fancy little tea shop in Boston and was offered my first taste of Chai tea (something I had otherwise been avoiding due to the intensity of the flavor and my inclination toward green tea) steeped in... you guessed it... hot apple cider. So let's take these two brilliant ideas and throw them together in a cute little pink teapot and enjoy kicking back in our cozies on a cold and snowy day, now shall we?
The recipe is simple:
2-3 Cups of Spiced Cider, warmed on the stovetop
2 Teabags of Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea, steeped in the warm cider
1 Shot of Captain Morgan, because it is also spiced and delicious
Begin with the warming of the cider,
Pour it into the teapot,
Drop in the teabags,
Allow to steep,
Add in the rum and stir.
Pour it into your favorite mismatching teacups and enjoy!
I highly recommend Trader Joe's Spiced Cider, but the Honey Crisp is fine. The same goes for the Bigelow Vanilla Chai, that is just my personal favorite for a Chaider recipe, but you are more than welcome to use any of your favorite chai teas. If you use a cider that is not spiced, add your own mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves... do it to your taste. I suggest using whole cinnamon sticks while heating, Obviously you can use any rum or spiced rum of your choosing, Captain is the ideal, and remember not to cook it in with the cider or it looses its... warming... qualities. ;-)