A fun holiday spin on Pink Chai or Kashmiri Chai. This tea gets its color naturally from the reaction of chlorophyll to a pinch of baking soda! My original recipe is here: Pink Chai or Kashmiri Chai
This tea is made from Kashmiri tea leaves or green tea can be substituted. So far, only Vahdam Teas has worked for me to achieve the pink color of the tea. I think it is because of how fresh their tea is and I’m just speaking from experience. I’ve tried multiple Kashmiri teas from Indian grocery stores and green teas from the supermarket and did not get the same results. So keep in mind, the freshness of tea is important!
I’ve just added a bit of peppermint syrup to make this holiday flavored! I used Torani brand. They currently have a small-sized holiday syrup pack available at World Market.
Naturally Pink Peppermint Tea
- 2 tbsp Kashmiri Tea or Green Tea Leaves (Vahdam recommended)
- 2 cups Water
- 1 cup Ice-Cold Water
- 3-4 tbsp tbsp Chopped/Grinded Pistachios
- 2 cups Milk (to taste)
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom
- Pinch of Baking Soda
- Sugar to Taste
- 2 tbsp
- Bring tea leaves, cardamom, and water to boil. Once boiling add in baking soda. Let boil on low for about 10-15 minutes. There should be about half the amount of water left at the end. Color should be deep red.
- Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes. Add in ice water.
- Use a hand blender to mix until frothy. Color should have developed into a deep red-pink tone.
- Transfer mixture to pot and add in milk and sugar to taste. Bring to boil. Take off heat and add 2 tbsp peppermint syrup for a holiday drink. Note: syrup is sweet so add in a little less sugar than you normally would.
- Optional: garnish with candy canes