I'm usually a hot mint green tea drinker, but when the weather heats up, I like to treat myself to an iced Chai tea latte. At Starbucks, this creamy iced beverage costs about $5 each, and that adds up too quickly for my budget.
This year I decided to learn how to make my own, and now that I know how, I actually prefer my version to Starbies. It's so easy - I just prep the concentrate liquid so I can whip up an iced latte anytime I want.
Easy Iced Chai
For this recipe, you'll need:
- Chai tea
- Oat Milk (or any other kind of milk you like)
- a storage container, preferably air tight
To start, you'll want to use a great Chai tea. We sell this one, and I really like it.
First, boil water in your tea kettle (or microwave) and pour two cups into a heat safe measuring cup or mug. I like the measuring cup because it has a spout.
Steep the tea for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on how strong you want the Chai flavor. I'll leave mine for 10-15 minutes while the liquid cools to make the Chai concentrate really strong (it stretches a little further that way). When the tea is your desired strength, remove the tea bags and discard them.
While the tea is still warm, add a drizzle of honey. I don't add much (I don't like sweet drinks), but you can add a little, stir it up and taste until you're happy with the level of sweetness.
Once the tea concentrate is completely cooled, transfer it to a glass container with an air-tight lid. I reuse sparkling water bottles for this because they're beautiful and the seal makes it lasts longer. Refrigerate until ready to use.
When you're ready to make your Iced Chai, fill a glass with ice.
Add milk to the glass and fill it up about 1/3 of the way. I prefer Oat Milk for this because it's very creamy without a ton of calories, but you can use regular milk, almond milk or any other kind of milk you prefer.
Next, add the Chai tea concentrate to fill the other 2/3 of the glass.
Just give it a little stir with your straw to combine. I love these silicone straws - they're great and eco-friendly.
There you go - a delicious, pick-me-up treat on a warm day - for a fraction of the cost of a Starbucks run. Sip and enjoy.