Chai Apple Cider Recipe

This Chai Apple Cider recipe is sure to take away the winter blues. Perfect for warming up with a loved one on a chilly winter’s eve, or making a crock-pot full when hosting a Christmas party, this recipe is as easy as it is delicious.

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Ingredients:

Organic Apple Juice (like Santa Cruz)

JusTea African Chai

Spiced Rum

Cinnamon Sticks

Orange slices (optional)

 

Directions:

In a small stock pot, heat up 2 cups of the Apple Juice to a gentle simmer. 

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Add 3 – 4 cinnamon sticks to the apple juice. Meanwhile, add 1 cup of boiling water to 2 tbsps JusTea African Chai leaves to brew an extra strong pot of tea. Steep for 2.5 – 3 minutes, and add to the warm apple juice.

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Simmer gently for 5 – 10 minutes. The longer it simmers, the more intense the flavour. If you make a big pot, and have it simmering for upwards of 30 min, add a splash of apple juice every now and then.

Prepare 3 glasses or mugs (or mini-mason jars) by adding 3/4 oz rum to each one.

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If you don’t have spiced rum, you can infuse a few tbsps  of the dry leaves in a bottle of white rum or whiskey for an hour. The rum will take on some of the flavour of the chai. If you do this, be sure to strain out the leaves before it gets bitter.

Once the rum is in the mugs, pour in the bubbling cider. Bonus points if you can land one of the cinnamon sticks in each mug.

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This recipe is super easy, and can easily be customized. Depending on personal taste, or if you use a different apple juice, you may want to add a touch of brown sugar in the pot. Or perhaps you’re a whipped-cream-on-top kind of person. Adding a slice of orange to the bottom of the mug, or onto the rim will add an extra sweet-citrusy note to it.

Try it, play around with it, and let us know what you think!

Baby Elephants in Nairobi

In Nairobi National Park, we stumbled upon the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and met some adorable baby elephants. The organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation of young orphaned, or injured elephants.

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If you want to learn more about the organization, click here. If you just want cute pictures of baby elephants, keep on reading…

 

 

The elephants have a very close relationship with their keepers. Almost like between a child and their parent.

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And like toddlers, the elephants were just learning to use their limbs – namely the long one at the front of their face.

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Sometimes you aim…

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And sometimes you miss.

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So sometimes you need to try a new technique.

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But luckily you’ve got a friend to lend a … trunk.

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And with some practice…

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And a bit of encouragement from dad…

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You’ll be a pro in no time.

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