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Here’s How To Make A Boozy, Masala Chai Toddy

It’s all over—the holidays have been celebrated, the games have been played, and red carpets have been rolled up (for the most part). We’re officially entering that dark part of winter when the weather sucks and everyone’s down with a sickness; the only light at the end of the tunnel is knowing sweet spring is close enough to taste.

But, we can’t taste it just yet, so until we can, let’s try and keep spirits cheery by making the most of the season… aka, drink up! A little boost from a Masala Chai Toddy should do the trick. With a rich blend of aromatic spices and black tea, a touch of sweetness from condensed milk, and a few splashes of dark rum (for good health), it’s the perfect pick-me-up for this kind of spell.

Luckily the recipe is so easy a snowman could do it. Lipton’s Enticing Chai already contains many of the essential spices and herbs that make a Masala Chai—black tea, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. Simply brew and mix well with the milk, rum, and some crushed cardamom, and you’ll see yourself warming up in no time.

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Photo by Marc Kharrat

Masala Chai Toddy

6 oz Lipton Enticing Chai tea

1 oz condensed milk

1 oz dark or Indian rum

Green cardamom pods

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

1) Brew Chai tea with crushed cardamom and let steep for 4-8 minutes.

2) Add the condensed milk, followed by the dark rum. Mix well.

3) Using a fine sieve strain the liquid into a glass. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and crushed cardamom.

Created in partnership with Lipton

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New Starbucks Oprah Tea Isn’t Made with Tiny Bits of Oprah

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If you’ve ever wondered how the most successful woman in the world starts her day, a new collaboration between coffee giant Starbucks and media mogul Oprah Winfrey could be just the thing to put your questions to rest.

At its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, Starbucks, which acquired the Teavana brand back in 2012, announced its new blend of Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. Personally developed by Winfrey herself, the tea features cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves, and will be available in Starbucks and Teavana stores and tea bars starting April 29.

“My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning,” Winfrey told shareholders at Wednesday’s meeting, according to Forbes.

“With the introduction of Teavana Oprah Chai,” added Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, “we are going to elevate the tea experience in the same way we did for coffee.”

Portions of each purchase go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Here’s to hoping for specially branded cups with daily Winfrey-isms printed on them, too.

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Thai Gulf: Huntington Beach

A little while before the newest version of our site was released, myself, Elie and Rudeluv (RDesigns) hit up Thai Gulf in Huntington Beach for a quick business meeting. This spot is definitely on point with unlimited chai tea, rice and soup and great quality meats and sea foods. Check the pictures after the jump to see what we got into.