Hot Cranberry Chai

Hot Cranberry Chai

Hot Cranberry Chai

From the November 2010 TeaZine

Makes 4 – 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 chai flavored teabags or 4 teaspoons loose-leaf chai flavored tea *
  • Boiling water
  • ½ cup dried, sweetened cranberries

*Do Not use a packaged chai latte mix. Choose a tea, either herbal, green or black, that has been flavored with the traditional chai spice. The tea selection will determine if your brewed tea conains caffeine.

Directions:

Heat the cranberry juice in a saucepan to a slow simmer. Add the tea or teabags . Cover to steep for 3 minutes. Add cranberries to the teacups. Remove the teabags and pour or strain the tea into your serving teapot.  Add boiling water to dilute to your taste. If you use a pre-sweetened cranberry juice, it will not be necessary to add sweetener.

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This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
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Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!
Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
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This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi

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