Herbal Musings

Comfort when needed. Make your own Chai Tea.

Colleen O'Bryant

Comfort when needed. Make your own Chai Tea.

Basics of Chai Tea Blending

I have a couple of chai tea blends at the house in the winter. Some are chocolaty, some are really spicy and one is energizing but all have five ingredients in them to make the "chai" flavor.  Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon chips, cloves and ginger are my flavor base now this isn't the bulk of the tea its just the components that I can't blend without.  


Nettle Orange Hot Toddy

Colleen O'Bryant

Tags cocktail, fireside, hot toddy, nettle orange, syrup, winter

Nettle Orange Hot Toddy

I love the heat of winter.  Outside it may be frigid but inside you can add a dash of cinnamon or ginger to anything and feel the instantaneous building of warmth.  This little riff on a hot toddy was at a recent event called @MakersMeals where I was fortunate enough to make cocktails for 50 or so folks on a rainy evening at Kit and Ace in Georgetown.  It was a beautiful night and so nice to have an evening away. I ended up making two cocktails but this one feels so seasonally appropriate I'll share this.. First start with...


Cardamom Cocktail Basics

Colleen O'Bryant

Tags citrus, cocktail, fireside, ginger, lemon cardamom, recipes, winter

Cardamom Cocktail Basics
There are so many bold herbs to access and in so many ways our systems crave these warming and soothing flavors.  Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg star anise, and ginger all create circulatory heat, all are impeccable cocktail additions.