Iced Chai Tea Latte – Refreshingly Delicious Summer Drink

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. It’s tea for me all the way. With the warmer weather one of my favorite tea to make is an Iced Chai Latte. No need to spend loads of money at Starbucks when you can make it yourself.

Since Iced Chai Tea Lattes are delicious, caffeinated, and cold, they are the perfect morning pick-me-up with my breakfast. They pair amazingly well with my healthy baked cinnamon apple recipe.

Did you know that an Iced Chai Latte is basically black tea and milk? There is definitely no need to spend upwards of $4-6 with the hassle of having to drive somewhere and wait in line. Nope, make these babies at home. Your tastebuds and your wallet will thank you.

The Chai tea also has antioxidants mixed with the healing properties of the spices make chai a healthy drink. So, the latte version may not exactly be super healthy, but it’s not a big splurge either.

HOW DO you make an iced chai Tea latte?

The coffee chains don’t want you to know just how easy it is to make. You start out by bringing water to a boil with the added sweetener of your choice and fragrant chai spices.

I typically use sugar, but my friend also used honey or maple syrup. I think I need to give the maple syrup a try. It sounds amazing.

Next, steep some black tea bags in the mixture and let it cool. Pour over ice and add the milk of your choice. And BAM! Ice Chai Latte – Give yourself a pat on the back for being a top notch barista!

What spices go into an Iced Chai Tea Latte?

There are pre-made chai spice mixes that you can use, but if you want to get creative, I recommend buying some spices and creating your own personalized mix. This will help you customize the chai latte to your own taste.

Your local grocery store may not carry all of these, but you can find them online. I sometimes get them from Amazon. I’ve included the links below.

You can also use these ingredients to create a chai spice mix that you store for other chai recipes. I love the way Lee over at Fit Foodie Finds does this.

In this version, you are making the batch all at once. This works well for me so that both my hubby and I can have a few cups throughout the day if we’d like.

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Iced Chai Tea Latte Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (see alternatives)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches)
  • 4 star anise
  • 9 whole cloves
  • 1-2 inches fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cardamon seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 teabags black tea (My favorite is Twinnings Irish Breakfast)
  • milk

Instructions

  • Combine the water, sugar, and spices in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Turn heat off and add the teabags.
  • Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool.
  • Strain out the tea leaves or tea bags and spices and discard.
  • add vanilla extract and stir
  • Chill Chai mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  • Pour the cooled tea over ice and top with the milk of your choice. I like almond milk and my husband uses cow’s milk.

Ice Chai Tea Latte Recipe Alternatives

The Starbucks version has over 40 grams of sugar. I recommend playing with the amount of sweetness you actually need. I’ve seen recipes with full cups of sugar. YIKES! I don’t think that much is necessary. You can certainly add more if it’s not sweet enough for you.

As I mentioned, my friend uses either honey or maple syrup, which removes most processed sugars from the recipe. I’ve tried this recipe with both white and brown sugar. I think the brown gives it a better overall flavor.

I’ll sometimes make this chai the night before so that it’s ready to go over ice in the morning.

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The super easy iced chai latte option

I can understand that you may not want to make your chai latte from scratch every morning. If you also don’t want to make a batch of your own chai spices, select a chai tea to steep and serve with milk and your sweetener of choice. This is the easy choice if you just want to make a single serving as well.

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Homemade Iced Chai Latte

Course Drinks
Keyword chai, chai latte, chai tea, chai with milk, iced chai, iced chai latte, lattee
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar see alternatives
  • 2 cinnamon sticks about 3 inches
  • 4 star anise
  • 9 whole cloves
  • 1-2 inches fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cardamon seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 teabags black tea My favorite is Twinnings Irish Breakfast
  • milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, sugar, and spices in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off and add the teabags.
  4. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool.
  6. Strain out the tea leaves or tea bags and spices and discard.
  7. add vanilla extract and stir
  8. Chill Chai mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  9. Pour the cooled tea over ice and top with the milk of your choice.

Recipe Notes

I don’t specify servings in this recipe as it really depends on how big you like your latte. I’d say it makes about 4-6. You can play with using other sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. You can also use your choice of milk. I use almond milk and my husband uses cow’s milk.

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Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Dorothy Boucher

    Its nice see someone posting on this, I usually have to go out to find a good chai drink. Definitely going to try making these myself. yummy!
    @tisonlyme143

  2. Sarah L

    5 stars
    I like chai tea any which way. This is a great recipe for it.

  3. Rajee Pandi

    love to try it

  4. Lisa Ehrman

    Thanks for this recipe. These drinks are one of my favorites.

  5. Priscilla P.

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious.

  6. LB

    Sounds so good! I like the idea of using brown sugar in it instead of white.

  7. Lisa

    I love my coffee, but I also love chai tea so this recipe is up my alley!

  8. Tammy Catterton

    This one sounds so yummy to try thanks for sharing

  9. Rachel B

    I would like to try this Iced Chai Tea Latte I like Tea and Lattea

  10. Polly Hall

    this is making my mouth water.

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