Jul 26, 2008

Gracious Hospitality Blog Hop

WELCOME! La Tea Dah of Gracious Hospitality is hosting a Blog Hop. It's simply an invitation—and a lovely excuse—to peruse some beautiful blogs.

As you stroll through some of my posts, I would love for you to take something delicious back with you. Here is a beverage recipe that is sure to douse the summer heat. Here, also, is a tea quote that is apropos.

"He boils milk with fresh ginger, a quarter of a vanilla bean, and tea that is so dark and fine-leaved that it looks like black dust. He strains it and puts cane sugar in both our cups. There's something euphorically invigorating and yet filling about it. It tastes the way I imagine the Far East must taste."
-Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow

Mango Chai Lassi
Recipe from Eat Tea - Joanna Pruess with John Harney

In India, lassi is a cool, refreshing drink made with yogurt and ice. Chai by this time is fairly well known as an Indian tea drink made with sweetened black tea leaves spiced with cardamom and cinnamon and boiled in milk. By combining the yogurt with Indian spiced tea and a puréed mango, you have a truly satisfying drink for hot summer days.

Serves 2
1/4 cup light cream
1 tablespoon Indian Spice (Harney and Sons) or other chai blend leaves
1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into pieces
1 cup vanilla yogurt, preferably not non-fat
6 to 8 ice cubes
Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Bring the cream just to a simmer. Stir in the tea and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into an electric blender, pressing down on the tea to extract as much liquid as possible. Add the mango and yogurt and purée until smooth. Add the ice cubes and process until thick, and frothy. Pour into 2 tall glasses, add a mint leaf to garnish, if desired.

Harney and Sons is a great source for tea!


  1. Well, I had something mango last night but it was not chai. It was mango margarita and it was pretty good! Cool and refreshing.

  2. Just stopped by on the blog-hop and wanted to say "hi". I used to be a So Cal girl, too. Now I call NorCal home. (still good with the grits, tho)

  3. Hey KJ! Wow--that tea sounds interesting, I might have to give that a shot!
    Smiles, Karen

  4. Whoa, that recipe sounds absolutely divine. With all of those delicious ingredients, it can't miss. Thanks for sharing - and for the link.

  5. Hi KJ,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've heard from other tea lovers about Harney and Sons, it might be time to order a nice Earl Grey from them. Have a great week.

  6. So far, we haven't had the really hot weather we usually have in ND, so it has been great! A blog hop is a wonderful idea and with a drink to go along for the ride, a person can't miss!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog on the blog hop. I have Eat Tea also and will have to try that recipe. Thanks for the reminder. Recently tried Paris blend from Harney's. It was very good and imagine it would also make a nice iced tea.

  8. That is amazing that someone young has a similar name to mine.

    No, I have not tried Harney's chocolate tea, but now I will have to.

    Thinking of weddings, Harney's has a lovely Wedding Blend tea also.


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♫ Karen