ingredients: raw cacao powder, chamomile, rose petals, ginger, spearmint, cinnamon, star anise, chipotle powder, roasted cacao nibs
steeping instructions: There are many ways to brew this tea. I usually combine milk, water, and tea in a lidded saucepan. Turn heat on low and let the tea slowly warm up. When it looks like it is almost to a boil, I turn off the heat and let the tea sit for 4-5 minutes. I then strain the tea and add enough honey to sweeten and brighten the flavor. If you want a stronger rose flavor it is best to heat up the liquids and pour it over the tea like a normal infusion.
1-2 tsp tea for every 1.5 cups of liquid.
This is my second iteration of spiced chocolate tea this year. Xocolatl has a warm rich array of herbs and spices blended with raw cacao powder to create a truly unusual treat. Xocolatl provides a decadent energy boost that is chock full of vitamins and minerals. The flavor is bold and understated at the same time. Hints of mint and rose rise from a rich base of chocolate and spice.
This lovely blend will get your day off to a great start or can be perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. It satisfies a chocolate craving without overwhelming your body with processed sugars. All it takes is a little honey or agave added to the brewed tea to create a healthy treat for yourself. Calming chamomile and mints in the blend help relax and calm the nervous system while the chocolate gives its characteristic energy kick and mood boost. Rose petals were added to bring out the subtle floral character in chocolate. Chipotle powder increases circulation and adds a slight smokiness to the overall tea flavor. Cinnamon, ginger, and star anise add a dessert like quality, but also support healthy immune function.
Most people don’t realize how good raw chocolate is for the body. Raw chocolate has more anti-oxidants than almost any other food source. There is great reason to reward yourself with Xocolatl.