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Perfect Winter Chai

Mikhaila Pennell is a tea fanatic, who has brought a unique service to the people of Canberra. Tea Garden delivers exquisite teas to your door as a gift, or on a monthly or quarterly basis, opening your eyes to the most delicious teas in the world. On September 10 & 11 (10am-4pm), these teas can be found at Handmade. We asked Mikhaila our five questions:

1. What is your business all about?
Beautiful handmade tea and our fab subscription boxes.
2. What advice would you give to first time stallholders?
You can never bring enough product with you, stock up!
3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
Being surrounded by other stall holders and shoppers who appreciate all the amazing handmade products.
4. What’s new for the next market?
Six new delicious Tea Garden blends and a new Chocolate Chai.
5. Sum up your business in THREE words.
Yummy, yummy, yummy!
Mikhaila has also given us one of her secret recipes – to the perfect Winter Chai. Follow the steps carefully and you will be rewarded with delicious flavour and feel-good factor. And don’t worry – if you don’t have the Tea Garden ingredients, you only have a short time to wait to stock up!


  1. Always use freshly drawn water.
  2. Bring the water to boiling point and use fresh spices that are included in the chai blend you are using to make those flavours POP
  3. Once the room smells amazing and your spices have infused through the water (around 2- 3 minutes) add your choice of milk, we love to use Vanilla Soy
  4. When the milk begins to froth and rise bring the temp right down and add your chai tea of choice. If you are a Tea Garden Subscriber you may have a little Maple Chai left over or you can catch us at the next Handmade Market to get your hands on some more.
  5. Let the tea simmer for around 2 minutes
  6. Now add a little sweetness, honey is always a great option and strain into a cosy cup
  7. You can now sip happily on the most decadent chai you have ever made and keep warm this winter!




Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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