You know how there’s a whole category of blogs devoted to Pinterest projects gone awry? I think a real Pinterest fail is when a totally legit-sounding pin doesn’t link up to the right thing. Or anything, even. This was the case with this week’s Foodie Friday–Vanilla Oolong Chai–that I pinned over a year ago. The pin, an image of a piece of fresh ginger, a galon of milk, and some random tea bags, sat on my Projects! pin board, untouched by me until earlier this week when I decided I wanted to feature the recipe in this post. When I went to click on it though, there was nada. Actually, that’s a lie–there was this:
Weak. After googling “Vanilla Oolong Chai Bikini-Body Drink”, I found more pins…which were also incorrectly linked. Of course, all this did was make me even more determined to find the source of the pin, which I eventually DID…Though that’s probably pretty obvious since this Foodie Friday post exists. Coming in at only 46 calories and packed with a “healthy dose of vitamins”, this vanilla chai wonder is super bikini-friendly. Plus, it has cinnamon that may help to control blood sugar levels and anti-inflammatory ginger to help reduce muscle pain and swelling post-workout. Is that considered a Pin Win? HA. Sorry, sorry. ANYWAY, here’s how to make Oxygen Magazine’s “Bikini Body Drink”!
Foodie Friday: Iced Vanilla Oolong Chai
Adapted from a recipe from Oxygen Magazine.
46 Calories Per Serving, Makes 4 Servings.
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 4 whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 8 Oolong tea bags
- Sweetener of your choice to taste (optional)
- Add water, milk, vanilla, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat so that liquid maintains a very slow simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Increase heat to medium. When liquid is bubbling, turn off heat and add tea bags. Cover pan and steep 4 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and pour tea through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. Stir in sweetener if using. Serve immediately over ice (may be refrigerated up to 1 day).
Are you into chai? Will you be trying this bikini bod drink? Have any recipes of your own to share? Sound off in the comments below!
Liza, Editorial Director