Warm and comforting, with some exotic spices, this low carb Pumpkin Chai Latte is just the thing for cooler fall mornings.
When I was a young woman about to be married, I did what so many young women who are about to be married do: I registered. And I had an absolute ball with it, walking into stores like Crate & Barrel and Hudson’s Bay Company, pointing my little gun at this and that, thinking about the household items that would help me start my new life with my husband. In reality, we’d already embarked on our life together well in advance of our marriage, but we were young and on a tight budget, so the registry afforded us the opportunity for a little household luxury. Good pots and pans, some decent linens and bedding, and a few coveted kitchen gadgets made up the bulk of our registry. And then we pointed our little gun at some pretty china. 12 place settings and all the extras like coffee pots and butter dishes. Because we were going to host lovely dinner parties and be elegant, just like real grown ups.
Do I need to tell you what has become of all that china? It sits in my china hutch almost all year and makes an appearance during the holidays. And although we’ve hosted many a dinner party, they generally consist of sitting around the kitchen chatting casually over easy recipes that would look out of place on fine china. There may or may not be small children running around wreaking havoc. So the china gets saved for special occasions. Because it’s pretty and delicate and requires hand-washing.
But it’s a shame to always “save” the luxury items for special occasions, don’t you think? Why can’t every day have a touch of luxury to it? Villeroy & Boch wants the world to see that their everyday crystal glassware can make the every day routine a little more special. I was sent a lovely set of the Bernadotte Everyday Crystal to review and I have to say, I completely agree with their mission. The goblets, tumblers and old-fashioned glasses are certainly beautiful enough to be a luxury item. But they are also incredibly well made and sturdy enough to be everyday drinkware. As evidenced by the fact that I knocked a full water tumbler off my bedside table in the middle of the night. My regular glasses would have shattered instantly on the hardwood floor, but the Villery & Boch tumbler just rolled under my bed without the littlest chip. Phew! They also happen to be dishwasher safe and that’s a big plus an everyday item. I have too many other things to do every day than to handwash crystal glassware.
To show off how well these glasses stand up to every day use, I thought I’d put a fun little drink in them. I considered a cocktail, but with fall approaching, I really wanted to make something warm and comforting, like these low carb Pumpkin Chai Lattes. And because they are hefty crystal glasses, I knew they would withstand hot liquid better than any other glassware I own. It really did feel like a little everyday luxury to sip my warm drink out of beautiful crystal.
These don’t go in the china hutch. Oh no…they’ve earned a place in my kitchen cabinets, in among all the regular drink ware. Because I really do plan on using these as every day items. And it really does make even a glass of water a little more special.
Disclosure: I was received a set of Bernadotte glassware from Villeroy & Boch to review.
Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte
Chai Tea Base:
- 3 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp cardamom seeds
- 1- inch piece ginger root peeled and thinly sliced
- 6 whole cloves
- 4 whole black peppercorns
- 2 black tea bags
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/8 tsp stevia extract
- ground cinnamon
Chai Tea base:
- Combine water, cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds, ginger root, cloves and peppercorns in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and steep 10 minutes.
- Bring water back to a boil, then add tea bags and let steep another 3 to 5 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve remove solids and return to pan.
- Chai tea base can be made ahead, refrigerated and reheated as needed.
- Whisk pumpkin puree into chai tea base.
- Divide half and half, almond milk or coconut milk between 3 mugs (2 tbsp per mug). Add 1 tbsp of sweetener to each mug. Divide chai tea base between mugs and stir to combine.
- In a medium bowl, whip cream with stevia extract until it forms stiff peaks. Divide between prepared mugs and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.