NATIONAL CHAI DAY | SEPTEMBER 21
On September 21st, the aroma filling the room comes from ancient spices, perfectly steeped into a cup of delicious tea. National Chai Day celebrates the strong, satisfying tea that is ordered at cafes across the country.
While the Indian beverage dates back nearly 5,000 years, the chai served in homes and coffee shops today comes in many forms. For traditional chai, steep it with black tea leaves. Add whole milk for the richest flavor. Some even prefer almond or coconut milk. The most common spice in chai is cardamom. Though blends will vary from place to place, other spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and fennel. Finally, sweeten the tea with pure sugar.
When is National Tea Day?
This time of year, we can’t resist the creamy, sweet combination, either! So, wrap your hands around a warm cup and let the aromatic steam permeate your senses. One sip will tell you how enjoyable National Chai Day is going to be!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CHAI DAY
Visit a local tea shop or cafe and order a cup of chai. Choose from a variety of blends. While chai is customarily steeped with black tea, green chai is available, too. Try both! Introduce a friend to the love of chai, too! When you do, give a shout out to your favorite cafe. Take a selfie as you enjoy and use #NationalChaiDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL CHAI DAY HISTORY
SomruS founded National Chai Day on September 21, 2018, to celebrate the flavorful drink spreading its leaves across the country by the cupful.
In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Chai Day to be observed on September 21st annually.
SomruS is the World’s First Line of Indian Liqueurs. Our flagship product, SomruS Original, is an artisanal Chai liqueur made with cardamom and other eastern spices, nuts, real Wisconsin dairy and Caribbean Rum. Created by an Indian American couple in their kitchen in Burr Ridge, IL just 4 years ago, SomruS Original Indian Cream Liqueur is now the most awarded cream liqueur on the planet (www.proof66.com). SomruS is the first liqueur that can be used to create authentic chai adult beverages from a Chaitini to a Hard Chai to a Hot Chai Latte. Our liqueur is next generation in terms of quality and is low ABV and gluten-free with no preservatives or artificial flavors.
Q. What spices are in chai tea?
A. The warm and nutty spices that make a cozy chai tea are cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves. Other spices found in chai include pepper, coriander and fennel. Fennel will give it just a hint of licorice flavor.
Q. How long should I steep chai tea?
A. Steep chai tea for 3-5 minutes in just-boiled water.
September 21st Celebrated History
Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea road-test the first American-made gasoline-powered automobile. The brothers went on to establish the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, the first American automobile manufacturer in the United States.
The John Deere trademark is registered by Deere and Co. That same year, the New York Sun published a reply to 6-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon answering her question, “Is there a Santa Claus?”
George Allen and Unwin publish J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The novel introduces the world to Bilbo Baggins and his mystical world.
Monday Night Football premieres on ABC with the Cleveland Browns taking home the win over the New York Jets.
Larry Holmes defends his heavyweight title for the 49th time against Michael Spinks. In a 15 round bout, Spinks came out on top in a split decision.
NASA’s Galileo space probe completed its mission to Jupiter when the probe burned up in Jupiter’s atmosphere. The purposeful destruction of the probe was to prevent any inadvertent contamination to Jupiter’s moons.
September 21st Celebrated Birthdays
H.G. Wells – 1866
The prolific author is best known for his science fiction stories such as War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.
Allen Lane – 1902
The British publisher joined with his brothers Richard and John to found Penguin Books.
Charles “Chuck” Jones – 1912
The animator worked on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films bringing Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd to life.
Helen Foster Snow – 1907
The American journalist gain prominence in China for her work reporting on Revolutionary China in the 1930s.
Gloria Cordes – 1931
The right-handed pitcher played five seasons with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her tenure, Cordes recorded exceptional skills and was named to the All-Star in both 1952 and 1954.
Stephen King – 1947
Since 1967, the novelist has been keeping readers awake with his suspenseful horror stories. Books like Carrie and Salems Lot found their way to the big screen. The writer also produces original screenplays. The demand for King’s work has created a demand so powerful that 2019 and 2020 alone over 30 adaptations, original screenplays, series, or film shorts have been completed, announced, or launched production.
Anne Burrell – 1969
The spunky chef and television personality co-hosts the Food Network series Worst Cooks in America. She has also written several cookbooks.