St. Brendan’s Irish Cream Chai
Do you ever wake up on a weekend morning, stumble into the kitchen for your morning beverage and discover that there is no milk in the house? If milk is not a requirement for your morning drink, then it’s not a big deal I suppose, but if you DO want milk and you happen to have a teenage boy in the house, well, these are things that sometimes clash.
My boy is usually very considerate, making sure to leave me enough for at least one cup of tea in the morning, but there are still occasions when I wake up to no milk in the house, and I want to have at least one cup of chai before I leave the house. Chai for me is like coffee for most Americans, I suppose. Don’t ask me how I got to be like this … it just happened somewhere along my journey.
So it happened to be a weekend morning, and I woke up to NO milk and a sweet note from my boy to his sister apologizing for eating some of her cookies because there was NO milk left in the house. I was in no mood to run to the store before I’d had my chai, so I went digging in my fridge for a substitute. And I remembered the Irish Cream. Ah, yes, that’d do. Suddenly my weekend morning went from frazzled and annoyed to blissful and serene.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup St Brendan's Irish cream liqueur (or Bailey's or another brand, as you wish)
- 1 chai tea bag
- Sweetener to taste
- Whipped cream (or light whipped cream) if desired
- Microwave method: In a large mug, pour the water and Irish cream and add the tea bag. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 minutes, depending on how hot you like your tea. Let steep for 3 - 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add sweetener as desired. Garnish with whipped cream if you like.
- Stovetop method: Heat the water to boiling, then pour your cup. Add the tea bag and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Stir in the Irish cream liqueur. If you want it sweeter, add sweetener of choice to taste. Garnish with whipped cream if you like.
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