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November is finally here, and the holidays are just around the corner! At Pekoe Sip House, we are preparing for the busy season ahead with a host of delicious and healthy warming beverages to keep energy high, colds at bay, and metabolism churning through the hearty meals ahead.
The colder weather brings with it cozy sweaters, family gatherings, and of course, our favorite fall and winter spices like cinnamon and ginger. It also brings travel-packed schedules, crowded shopping trips, and rich holiday foods. In the face of all of this excitement, a calm moment with a cup of chai tea can prepare your body for the season ahead.
But first – what is chai tea?
In India, the word chai translates directly to “tea.” The beverage that we think of as chai is actually masala chai, or “mixed-spice chai.” The traditional preparation of masala chai in India is simple: a robust black tea is brewed with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper before being mixed with milk and a sweetener. In the USA, the word “chai” has become synonymous with the preparation of this popular tea. At Pekoe Sip House, we brew chai all day long in small batches at each of our three Boulder tea cafes, and offer a simple loose-leaf version to be enjoyed at home!
Chai contains our favorite cold-weather spices, while also offering several health benefits that are particularly needed in November and December.
All of our chai blends are packed with organic ingredients, including the classic masala chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root. These spices aid digestion and increase circulation, and help to fortify the immune system. In addition, cinnamon may help balance blood sugar, and ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory.
What does this mean for your packed holiday schedule?
First, that brewing a perfectly spiced chai before traveling through busy airports could keep you healthy through the holidays. Second, that a cup of chai can aid in the digestion of hearty holiday meals. In short, chai is the perfect marriage of flavor and health benefits to end the year happy and healthy.
At Pekoe Sip House we mix four unique chai blends, modifying the traditional recipe to include our favorite flavor-packed and nourishing organic teas.
PEKOE’S LOOSE-LEAF CHAI TEA BLENDS
A spirited organic Assam Black Tea serves as the base for our most traditional chai. Our House Chai features a blend of aromatic spices – namely cardamom, ginger root, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. When you have a busy day ahead, Pekoe House Chai can provide long-lasting energy and focus without the jitters, while still offering the holiday flavors you crave.
One of our most popular teas, the energizing Mate Chai blends South American Yerba Mate tea with cardamom, ginger root, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Enjoy a cup of Mate Chai tea before leaving home for your workout to enhance endurance and magnify the benefits of exercise.
Pekoe’s Gunpowder Green Tea serves as the foundation for this bright chai blend, which features chili pepper as well as cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root. Antioxidant-rich green tea nourishes the body and provides wholesome energy while the chili pepper helps to boost metabolism. This tea is the perfect complement to a larger-than-usual meal (we’re looking at you, Thanksgiving).
Our Rooibos Chai substitutes the black tea of traditional chai for naturally caffeine-free Red Rooibos tea. This replenishing herbal blend results in a smooth tea with a classic spiced finish courtesy of ginger root, cinnamon, and cardamom. End your day with a steamy mug of Rooibos Chai – with or without the milk and sweetener – to thank you body for all of the hard work it puts in throughout the day!
For those who are discovering chai for the first time with Pekoe Sip House, or want to expand their chai palette with our four organic blends, we have created the Chai Tea Lovers Gift Set. Enjoy bold flavor and reap the health benefits of our chai blends, including:
* Boosted immune health
* Improved circulation
* Easier digestion
Just in time for the holiday season, when we need it most.
Our chai tea sampler contains 2 ounces each of our four popular Chai blends, as well as a bag of portable, compostable tea bags, for $24.95 (a $37 value).* Bring your favorite blend with you as you travel, or purchase as a gift for all of the chai lovers on your list!
* Order now to enjoy $5 flat-rate shipping, and free shipping on orders over $50.
SIP TIP: Find your “Chai Style” with a fun Chai personality blog post that links you with the flavor profile of your perfect cup!