beet juice chai
“hey boys, come downstairs!”
he didn’t say why, but then again he didn’t have to. my sisters and i dreaded the commanding voice of dad on his daily morning mission - it was beeting time.
i mean this in a very inoffensive way, but it is a crucial part of the story. you see, my daddy went around telling people that he beet his children. this is not very funny, but my daddy has a very odd sense of humor.
in Long family language, ‘beeting’ translates to ‘force-drinking vials of mixed vegetable juice not created to taste in any way pleasant’.
some mornings it was nauseating. on others, it was simply disgusting. every morning, the juice was some vile combination of carrots, kale, collards, lemon, (a once rumored) onion and of course, beets.
we waited for as long as we possibly could before he yelled again. this was approximately 2.34 minutes. gingerly, we trudged down the stairs with sad puppy eyes. the counter was lined with four dixie cups filled to the brim with a chunky redishgreenishbrown liquid. the four of us pinched our noses and knocked it back like a shot of whiskey.
to this day, i still hate the taste of beets. at one point about 3 years ago, i decided i was grown up enough to try and like them. this day happened to be saint patrick’s day, and happened to occur in Edinburgh, Scotland. that night i happened to drink quite a lot of rum on an empty stomach. you can imagine what the next 24 hours consisted of. let’s just say the beets went up instead of down.
today, i made this. for the first time in my life, i can honestly say that beets are not-that-bad. that says a lot about this recipe.
now for the good stuff.
beet juice chai, ingredients
1 cup almond milk
1 chai tea bag
teensy pinch of salt
1 teaspoon chai spice mix
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2-3 teaspoons beet juice (depending on how beet-y you like it)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional - it adds more froth!)
heat almond milk in a saucepan until just simmering. add the chai tea bag, and steep 5 min. remove from heat, and add the remaining ingredients (beet juice LAST). froth in a blender. dodge sip requests from those in the room. better yet, make your friends one too.
for the chai spice mix, you will need…
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
dash of pepper
mix + store all ingredients in an airtight container