We are all melting with the heat here in Sydney.
I think everyone is wondering when summer will end - fiercely hot days are sapping the life out of everyone...
It makes it quite challenging to enjoy my tea in the usual way.
I thought a Chai Frappe might just do the trick.
But I was surprised that when I did a quick search, I couldn't find any recipes for what I wanted online.
There are plenty using Chai Syrups and Powders, but those generally have loads of sugar and other stuff in them.
I've become a bit of a purist with my Chai, and the typical Chai Latte mixes are all too sweet for me.
So here's a low sugar, refreshing Chai Frappe recipe for you. It does require a little advance prep, but it's well worth it.
Brew up your favourite Chai - tea leaves, tea bags, or even the powders if that's what you love.
In this case, I used a lovely Rooibos Chai I was given at Christmas - so it has the added bonus of being caffeine free.
Freeze in an ice cube tray.
One generous cup of tea fills my ice cube tray nicely.
Add honey and / or Cinnamon syrup (if you have it) to sweeten. The Thermomix Star Anise syrup (from the Basic Cook Book) would work quite well here. Heilala even make a delicious Vanilla Syrup.
I used approximately 1 tablespoon - depending on your taste, you might like more, there is no sweetener in the tea. I find this Frappe refreshing because it isn't too sweet, so taste test and adjust accordingly!
Add a dash of vanilla, and a shake of cinnamon.
Blitz for 20-30 seconds, on speed 9. until the ice cubes have magically turned into a lovely tea slushy.
Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar for a decorative touch.
Relax somewhere cool and enjoy!
What's your favourite cooling brew?