We’re so excited about the launch of our brand new Hot Chai Lounge next week. Ahead of the big day, we wanted to give you a bit of an insight as to what you can expect from our latest venture. We don’t want to give too much away just yet – but here’s a little sneak peek at the magical ingredients in chai and some of the delicious concoctions from our menu.
Chai is a fragrant warming beverage, traditionally made from black tea leaves mixed with a variety of spices, milk and sweetener. The process for making chai involves boiling the tea, milk, spices and sweetener together – but the order in which this is done differs from region to region, and even family to family.
The black tea base of chai is generally assam tea. This rich tea is named after the region it’s produced in, and is known for a bright colour and strong, distinctive flavour. Interestingly, Assam tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant (the tea plant) – which is also traditionally used in the Yunnan province in China, too. Assam’s bold flavour makes it the perfect base for chai, as it compliments the spices’ heady flavours.
The combination of spices in chai differs, but the most commonly used spices include cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns. We use a unique blend of spices in our chai recipe, with fiery ginger and cardamom taking centre stage. With their benefits for digestive health, the immune system and blood pressure (along with plenty of other physical and mental benefits), chai is a nourishing drink perfect for winter months.
Another of our favourite traditional drinks from our new menu is Jaggery Haldi Dudh – a warming turmeric latte. Turmeric is widely popular in Indian cuisine, with its aromatic scent and beautiful yellow colour. It also has countless health benefits due to the presence of curcumin, a naturally-occurring chemical compound within it. As well as being packed with flavour, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant – what’s not to love?
We don’t want to give away too much – but as well as these delicious nourishing drinks, we’ve also got other teas, coffees and homemade snacks too. Because tradition, culture and the environment are deeply important to us, we’ll be serving plant-based milks at our Hot Chai Lounge – meaning all our beverages are completely vegan.
If our insights into the world of chai have intrigued you, join us on Friday 1st November for our opening night, complete with live music and, of course, the opportunity to try plenty of chai. Our launch party will take place in the brand new Hot Chai Lounge (inside Hot Yoga Nottingham) from 19:00 – 21:30. We can’t wait to get to know you all!