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Coffee & Tea

Help Me Make My Own Chai Blend for Iced Tea

MplsM ary | Jun 9, 201512:35 PM     14

I brew a mix of green "chai" bags for iced tea. It's lovely, but a little expensive. The mix I've been using is 2 parts Stash Green Chai, 1 part Target Simply Balanced Organic Green tea with Ginger and 1 part Bigelow Green Tea Chai. After brewing I add ice and stick it in the fridge. It's a great combo that I'd like to approximate using bulk green tea, maybe bulk herbs, but probably herbs plus a tiny boost of essential oils.

To give you an idea of the ingredients I have the descriptions of the teas, from the manufacturers:

"Stash Green Chai Spice lends a modern twist to the traditional Chai by blending Chinese green tea with cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom, ginger root and sarsaparilla." There is a LOT of clove in this blend. Ingredients (tea bag): green tea, cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, natural cinnamon flavor, clove, clove bud oil, cardamom oil

"Simply Balanced Organic Soothing Ginger Green Tea brews peace of mind by the cupful. A mellow blend of ginger root, lemongrass and spearmint mingles with the soothing aroma and silky taste of green tea." It is mellow. A little bland, but it helps balance out the bold peppery-ness of the Stash.

The Bigelow is a bit of a mystery. On its own it reminds me of Diet Dr. Pepper. "We took the exotic spices of chai and blended them with our smooth hand-picked green tea to give you a unique flavorful experience" Maddeningly, they list the ingredients, thusly: "green tea, spices, natural chai tea flavor with other natural flavors (soy lecithin)"

I'm going to start with the ingredients I know:
green tea
cardamom
cinnamon
clove
black pepper
ginger
lemongrass
spearmint

All that preamble, to ask this: Does anyone have any idea of proportions when flavoring tea?

Thanks.

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