Strange Brews Fabulous Butterscotch Chai Tea
By Joseph Parish
A few years ago when my wife and I owned a coffee shop one of the most popular drinks which we developed other than the usual cup of coffee was the Butterscotch Chai Tea. This hot spicy tasting drink was an instant hit and we later found that we were the only shop in the area that offered it.
We choose to create our own Chai tea over purchasing the commercial store bought versions for several reasons. First by making our own chai we could easily ensure that the standardization was consistent from one batch to the next. We considered this to be an important aspect as far as repeat customers were concerned. Secondly we wanted to develop a signature drink that could be associated with our business name and become something to attract new customers. Our idea to make our own chai worked out very well and the tea become so popular that our customers asked about buying it to take home with them.
After our initial success with the spicy chai we did some experimenting and developed a butterscotch flavored version which also became an instant hit. During our open mic nights were would consistently run out of mix and find that I would be increasing the amount made every week. Since we have now sold our shop and no longer have a coffee shop business I have decided to transfer our recipe for our butterscotch chai to another deserving group of people, mainly the preppers and survivalists who want something that could be instantly and stored without undue concern.
As with any instant foods or drinks this one should be kept in an air free and moisture resistant container in order to preserve the best possible flavor and taste. Below is the basic recipe as used by Strange Brews Coffee and Tea House in Delaware.
1/4 of a cup of powdered milk
1/4 of a cup of nondairy creamer
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla flavored dairy creamer
1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of instant unsweetened tea
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
2 tablespoons of instant butterscotch pudding mix
Take all your dry ingredients and mix them well by hand at first and after you have completed that to your satisfaction place the mixture in a food processor. Blend until the content is of a fine powder nature. If it is not ground sufficiently it will be difficult to dissolve in the hot water.
After processing store the final product in an air free container r if you desire to make individual portions you could use a small Ziploc bag. The above recipe will make one 8 ounce cup of chai tea. You can vary the proportions accordingly to increase the recipe.
To make your drink take eight ounces of hot water and combine the contents of the recipe above to it. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Serve the drink while it is hot. I hope that this recipe will be enjoyed by your family and friends as well as it was by our customers.
Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish