My Go-To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

205 comments

IMG 1944   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t make myself a cup of tea. I’m always trying out new brands and flavours, on a quest to find my perfect tea. My go-to tea has been Japanese Sencha loose leaf for years, but I like to spice things up once and a while.

I recently fell head over heels for President’s Choice Chocolate Chai tea. It’s made from a lovely base of roasted chicory root, carob pod, with hints of spices like ginger and cinnamon. The price is very reasonable too; I think the tea bags work out to being less than 20 cents each. I find flavoured teas can be hit or miss, but this one is definitely a hit.

IMG 1972   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

It really does have a chocolaty chai flavour like it claims. Before the weather got so hot, I was enjoying this tea piping hot with almond milk. Once the heat wave hit, I’ve been chilling a pot of brewed tea overnight so I have lots to drink the next day. The other plus of chilling tea overnight is that you don’t have to dilute the flavours with ice. [Thanks to Averie for giving me this tip a long time ago!]

Obviously, you guys know how to make tea and this isn’t a “recipe”, but I’ve been enjoying it so much I thought I’d share it anyways. Before bed, I boil 4 cups of water and pour it into a pot along with two chocolate chai tea bags. Then I place it in the fridge overnight (or until chilled if making it during the day), leaving the tea bags in for a stronger flavour (and more caffeine!)

IMG 1843   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

In the morning, I stir in 1 cup of almond milk and 1.5-2 tbsp maple syrup. Sometimes I stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract too. If your milk is already sweetened you might find you don’t need much sweetener. I’ve made this with many other flavours too, including regular black tea.

IMG 1942   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

I love to pour a glass first thing in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up. Much like vegan overnight oats, it’s really nice to wake up to! You can also pour it into a travel mug and bring it to work or school with you or on the road.

It’s chocolaty, it’s creamy, and it’s so refreshing in this heat.

IMG 1952 3   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

[Apparently there is something green floating in my tea. Totally normal…!]

What are your go-to summer drinks? Do you make any at home? What are your favourite teas?

My other fav summer beverages include Iced soy lattes, green monsters, and other smoothies. I know I’m about a million years late to the latte party.

summer2012header final final   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

In other news, I have a new summer blog header up! The theme was inspired by my Crumble Bar photoshoot yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. Hold down Control + F5 to refresh the page if you can’t already see the new blog header. (Update 1): Some of you are saying the header looks distorted in Chrome and Safari browsers…not sure why, but I will hopefully have this fixed soon! Update 2) The header should now be fixed in both Chrome and Safari. Please let me know if the image is working for you! Thanks)

Here is the original shot before editing in Lightroom, cropping, and writing the blog name in Photoshop.

IMG 1916   My Go To Chilled Summer Tea: Chocolate Chai + New Blog Header

You can also check out my post on Chatelaine this week where I talk about two easy summertime smoothie recipes.

Stay cool & have a great weekend!

Previous Posts

{ 205 comments… read them below or add one }

Faith @ For the Health of It July 6, 2012

I LOVE iced white tea with honey. There’s this gourmet tea shop that I keep meaning to go to and stock up on the summery flavored loose tea leaves to brew. They have the most intriguing blends, like passionflower boysenberry and mango mint!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Those teas sound amazing. It’s amazing what they come up with!

Reply

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 6, 2012

I have never heard of chocolate ea before! This needs to be in my life, as I am a chocolate addict.

Great new header! I love the cherries! Did you design it yourself?

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Thanks Laura, yup I made it yesterday. I’ll post a before pic of the header shot for fun.

Reply

Beks July 6, 2012

Love the new header! It’s so nice!

Reply

Susan July 6, 2012

I love to make iced green tea with fresh mint from my garden – very refreshing. Sparkling mineral water with lemon or lime is also a great thirst quencher on a very hot day.

Reply

Janae @ Bring-Joy July 6, 2012

I love that you put basil in your purple berry basil smoothie. What a fresh take on the traditional smoothie.

I don’t drink black tea, but I’m a fan of any variety of an rooibos infusion. There are so many varieties out there, I especially love the chai rooibos. I too add almond milk, & I like to sweeten with stevia.

& I really like your new header. What’s the fabric you used underneath the cherries?

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

It’s burlap :) Very messy, but I love it in photos!

Reply

Janae @ Bring-Joy July 6, 2012

Very cool! Where do you buy that stuff?

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

I got it at Canadian Tire in their gardening section :)

Reply

Kami July 7, 2012

I drink mostly rooibos or mate teas these days. I have a chocomint rooibos tea that is just *divine* chilled on a hot, summery day!

Reply

K July 6, 2012

love the new header, great colour combo!
my favourite tea is an almond tea from a little tea place in King West (Toronto)

Reply

Alex @ Raw Recovery July 6, 2012

I’ll have to forward this recipe to my Chai-addicted sister! I love the new blog header! Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I love how you have been changing it up so often!

Reply

Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 6, 2012

Love the new header!! Perfect for summer :D

Reply

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 6, 2012

Gorgeous header Ange! As I said the other day, there’s just something about the blue and cherry colours that I love. Great job! And those tea bags.. I think I’ll have to try them out! My favourite hot weather drinks are iced teas from David’s Tea (totally addicted, especially to Perfect Pear, a herbal one with pear and vanilla in it. SO good!) And of course, green monsters and other smoothies. :)

Reply

Kaylee July 8, 2012

I also love David’s Tea! So much so that I bring tons of it back in my suitcase with me when I go back to the UK. I drink Sencha all the time as well, but my favourite David’s Tea green tea is ‘Toasted Walnut’. It has such a nice sweet kick to it.

Iced, I love the Luscious Watermelon and Goji Pop. And they have a great Chai selection as well. I pretty much love every one I’ve tasted so far though. It’s pretty addicting, haha.

Reply

Sarah July 6, 2012

Love the new header but for some reason in my browser (chrome) Its all squished and distorted looking. Possibly still set to the same image size of the last header? Or maybe my browser is just wonky!

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Yikes, thanks for letting me know! I’ll see what I can do.

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

It should be fixed now Sarah! Can you let me know if it looks ok to you?

Reply

Kim July 6, 2012

I also thought it looked distorted this morning but it looks fine now!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

That’s good news :)

Reply

Sarah July 6, 2012

Love the new header but for some reason in my browser (chrome) Its all squished and distorted looking. Possibly still set to the same image size of the last header? Or maybe my browser is just wonky!

Reply

Kaila @ Healthy Helper July 6, 2012

I love teas with hints of chocolate in them! It makes them so rich a creamy! Love the new header too!

Reply

Christa @ Edible Balance July 6, 2012

LOVE the new header! It’s gorgeous :)

fabulous idea for the tea, I’m not a coffee drinker anymore and all I see is iced coffee! I wish I prepped overnight oats last night, I’m really craving them now! Have a great weekend!!

Reply

Nicole July 6, 2012

I live in Florida, where it’s extra steamy this time of year, and I love this idea! Plus, I really need to stop spending so much $$$ at Starbucks on my chai tea : ) Thanks for the tip! Love the new design, too!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

I know I love Starbucks but it can suck the wallet dry at times! hah

Reply

katie@ KatieDid July 6, 2012

the header looks awesome although a bit distorted… but cute theme idea! cherries are perfect for the season, can’t get enough.

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Are you using Chrome by chance?

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

The header should be fixed now in Chrome…can you let me know if it’s working for you? Thanks Katie!

Reply

Joanna July 6, 2012

Love the header. Have a great weekend!

Reply

Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 6, 2012

ICED COFFEE. It’s the best thing in the world on a hot, humid morning.

ps – The header is super cute :)

Reply

Jessica July 6, 2012

Love the new blog header. LOVE.

Reply

Colleen July 6, 2012

Hi Angela!
There was cherry juice all over my kitchen last night, but my breakfast just rocked the house! Thank you!
Yesterday I made lavender-chamomile iced tea with lemon. Two cups lavender tea (I steeped the buds), two cups chamomile, 2 cups cold water, 3 squeezed lemons and 1/3 c. raw sugar. I would have used liquid sugar, but I don’t keep it around. This was a combination of three lavender tea recipes I could find.
And then I mixed it in sparkling water. And then I was in heaven.
Have a great day and a fabulous weekend! Great new header!

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

That sounds incredible Colleen. I think I have some lavender-cham tea too….hmmm. ;)

Reply

Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 6, 2012

Very cute header! :)

Reply

Lindsey July 6, 2012

I will have to try that tea, I have seen it before but never picked it up. I love water with lemon and Stevia, smoothies with Vega protein, and iced coffee.

Reply

Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2012

Yum, I love the PC brand chocolatey chai! I never thought to chill it though, I always think of it as a hot drink. Gotta try this :D Your header looks great!

Reply

veganlinda July 6, 2012

I love tea, love chai. Need to try this brand. Love the glass too.

Reply

Lina July 6, 2012

This looks inconceivably delicious! I love your blog header – so pretty!

Reply

Noelle (@singerinkitchen) July 6, 2012

Chai Chocolate??? Send me some ASAP! :-)

Reply

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries July 6, 2012

you always have the cutest headers! this one is my favorite one yet i think!

Reply

Erin Motz July 6, 2012

This sounds delicious! I love lemon-lavender tea and I make my own with organic lavender flowers and sliced lemon — it’s amazing!

Reply

Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) July 6, 2012

I love the new header, it looks great. Have you every tried Four O’clock Chocolate Spice Tea? Its fairtrade, 85% organic and caffeine free and it is one of my favorite dessert teas. It tastes great hot or cold with a splash of almond milk and since its caffeine free you can enjoy it in the evening on place of dessert.

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

I don’t think I have but I will have to check that out!

Reply

Becca July 6, 2012

I agree: this is my FAVORITE tea! Available at Loblaws.

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

I’ll have to pick some up. Bonus points for being available at Loblaws too!
I’ve been looking for a decaf that I can drink at night. No caffeine for me after 5pm! lol
I also like Vanilla Nut Stash decaf tea, but the flavour isnt quite as strong as I’d hope.

Reply

Cait's Plate July 6, 2012

Another fabulous header! Love it :)

Reply

Valerie Halston July 6, 2012

Love your website and the new header! Thanks for the detox salad recipe!! I’ve been enjoying that often and I will have to try this tea, as well! I’ve been bragging about your site often! I appreciate it so much! Thank you!!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Aw thank you Valerie, that means a lot to me!

Reply

Lauren July 6, 2012

I am a FREAK about chai tea. Love, love, love it!

Reply

Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition July 6, 2012

Yum! I love chai teas – so delicious! I just bought my own smoothie make and I make it with ice now- best thing in the world

Reply

Amy July 6, 2012

i love the header picture but it looks distorted??

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Hey Amy, Are you using Chrome browser by chance? A couple others said it’s distorted too, but it looks fine to me in Firefox and IE.

Reply

Amy July 6, 2012

hmmm I’m using Safari- I have a Mac

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Ok good to know. Thanks!

Reply

Amy July 6, 2012

No problem- for the record I just checked using my firefox browser (my default is Safari but I have Firefox as a backup) and it looked totally normal- it’s got to be certain browsers that are squishing it!

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Hey Amy, Yea I think that was the issue! The header should be normal in Safari and Chrome now. Can you let me know if it looks ok for you? Thanks!

Reply

Amy July 6, 2012

Yes I’m looking at it now in Safari and it looks great! Also, organic cherries might be my favorite summer fruit :) The price tag kills me though……

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Glad it’s working for you now! Thanks for letting me know.

Andrea @ Vegvacious July 6, 2012

I discovered that chocolatey chai tea this winter and I LOVE it too! Good idea to make it into an iced bevie — I never thought of trying that! And I love your new header. The cherry red with blue lettering goes great together!

Reply

Carrie @ Little Apartment, Big City July 6, 2012

Great recipe, Angela! I love Chai, especially iced in the summertime, but I’ve only had vanilla and cinnamon chai before. The chocolate looks delicious.

Reply

Red Deception July 6, 2012

I adore the new header! It is very happy and summery!

Reply

Kate July 6, 2012

Love the new header!

Reply

andrea July 6, 2012

I am going to do this today – except I will use the tea I have in the house (Spicy Chai).

Great Idea!

Reply

Shannon July 6, 2012

I love making my own iced tea in the summer! I recently learned to add about 1/4 tsp of baking soda to the tea to cut down on the bitterness you sometimes find after the teas been sitting for awhile. It totally works!

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Really? That’s interesting! You don’t taste the baking soda at all?

Reply

Shannon July 6, 2012

nope!

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Good to know :)

Reply

Becca July 6, 2012

I also love the PC Chocolatey Chai tea. Have you tried the Chocolate Mint one too? It is also great.

Thanks for the iced tea WITH MILK idea. I’ve made iced tea before, but for some reason I didn’t think to add any milk to the mix… I’m going to brew some right now and hope that it will be chilled enough in a couple of hours to enjoy.

Reply

Angela July 6, 2012

Did you say Chocolate mint? How did I miss that? That sounds right up my alley!

Reply

Becca July 7, 2012

I just saw on Instagram that you found it! YAY :D

Reply

Angela (Oh She Glows) July 7, 2012

So I have a somewhat funny yet sad story about that tea.
I was all excited when I found it in the grocery store so I obvously took and pic and Instagramed it.
I came home and unloaded the groceries and was super excited to make my chocolate mint tea. That’s when I discovered that I forgot to put it in my cart and actually buy it!! bahaha FAIL. I will have to go back!!!

Reply

Page 1 of 41234»

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: