Bring On Spring
April showers bring May flowers; what a rainy week it's been. Spring reminds me of the Indian monsoon, well, kinda lol (it's usually 80-85'F In Mumbai, India, even when it rains in India). Speaking of spring flowers, we have added a brand new product to our floral sugar blends.
Introducing "DRUMROLL" Lava, Lavender Sugar. La.va in Sanskrit means Peace. This product is inspired by calming lavender blooms. We hope it gives you a taste of sereni'tea.
The Chai Bar's Lavender Sugar is made using 100% Organic Granulated Cane Sugar, hand-blended with fragrant lavender buds. Granulated sugar can be made from sugar cane or sugar beets. Our 100% organic sugar is made from 'Saccharum officinarum' or sugar cane. On a molecular level, the two sugars are similar. In taste, we find cane sugar more appealing for beverages.
We love bringing you products that are tas'tea and good for you. In moderation, cane sugar is a much better option than artificial sweeteners, especially if you are craving a sweet treat.
When we talk about moderation, we mean a balance of taking in no more calories than you use. While occasionally storing energy is healthy, when your intake of glucose is higher than the body's needs, the overspill is stored in fat cells in order to maintain blood glucose levels.
We won't ever tire of saying, balance is key when it comes to any sweet treat. Treat your body with the care it deserves for helping you carry on through every day. Reward it, treat it, thank it but also respect its limitations.
As the temperatures warm up, we are all heading outdoors for lawn and garden work, walks, swims, and more socially distanced outdoor activities, so an occasional treat of lavender sugar should be just fine.
We use dried lavender buds and lavender essence for our Lavender sugar. Lavender is popular for its health benefits. It is often used in aromatherapy. For us, drinking chai is a sacred ritual. It's "me time" to get going before the craziness of the morning starts or refresh mid-day or maybe just unwind from the grind before bed. Adding floral sugar to our chai is a little bit of self-indulgence.
The scent is directly associated with mood. The floral scent of lavender can be uplifting and reduce stress. Adding a bit of lavender sugar to your beverage can have a calming effect and may reduce anxiety to help you relax.
So add a tsp of sugar to your strained cup of chai or coffee or use it to sweeten cold drinks like lemonade. You can even make a dramatic statement of cocktail night. Try Mixologists Meadow 2.0, our Lavender boozy brew.
The Chai Bar's Lava Lavender sugar can be used for cooking and baking too. Sprinkle it on creps, rotis, cakes, and cookies.
TEA'P: Try with iced chai for a chilled floral brew.
The perfect tas'tea pairing for lavender sugar coffee or chai is Khari, a popular Indian puff pastry invented in Islamic Spain in the 13th century.
We hope you enjoy our brand new product and show us some love.
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Color & Appearance: Dusty mauve lavender buds and white cane sugar.
Lava Lavender Sugar is organic, sustainably harvested, pure cane sugar infused with lavender buds. Each glass jar contains 3.5 oz. Lavender sugar. At The Chai Bar, we ensure all our products are carefully crafted in small batches and immediately sealed in their containers to ensure quality and freshness. Please note, the appearance may differ slightly with each batch.
Taste & Aroma : Sweet & floral.
Storage: For best results, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
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Today, we are bringing you a tea'vine new recipe for Lava Lavender Latte. Perfect for spring, enjoy this floral brew hot or as a chilled chai.
2 tbspMangalyam - Marigold Lavender Black Tea,
2 tsp Lava Lavender Sugar,
1 cup Full Fat Milk (use coconut milk or oat milk for a no-moo brew)
1tbsp Cream for Whipped Topping (Optional)
- Brew a Mangalyam Black Tea Concentrate by bringing 1/2 c water to boil, adding 2tbsp blend and simmering for 3-5 mins then turn off the heat and cool.
- Froth the Milk.
- Add Lava Lavender Sugar to the Frothy Milk
- Add Mangalyam Chai Concentrate to the lavender milk.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Garnish with Lavender Sugar.
TEA'P: For a chilled chai, brew concentrate and chill overnight. Add ice, lava lavender sugar, and chilled milk, blend and serve.
TEA'P: For a No-Moo-Brew, use Full Fat Coconut Milk and Coconut Whipped Cream.
Try Lava lavender sugar, and let us know your favorite way to use it in the comments below.
Co-authored by Sargam & Madura