Enjoy a homemade Iced Chai Tea Latte to keep yourself cool and refreshed this summer. It only takes a couple minutes to make and won’t cost a fortune.
What is a Chai Tea Latte?
Chai is a popular beverage in India that has gained popularity around the world in recent years. It is black tea that is steeped with spices like cinnamon, cloves, star anise and more.
The spiced black tea is served with milk and usually sweetened.
The word Chai simply means tea. So calling something ‘Chai tea’ actually means ‘tea tea’ 😉
How to make an Iced Chai Latte?
My version of making chai is a short-cut adaptation. It might not be the most authentic, but it allows me to make just one serving at a time instead of brewing a whole pot.
In the traditional method whole spices are infused into the black tea as it is brewing. But because it is hard to use just a small piece of a whole spice for a smaller serving, I am using my Chai Spice Mix.
It is a mixture of ground spices and I usually have a jar ready to use in my pantry. I simply add a little of the spice mix to my black tea as it is steeping.
At the same time I also add the sweetener. I like maple syrup, but any other liquid or granulated sweetener works here.
Then I fill a large glass with ice cubes and pour the spiced and sweetened black tea over the ice. The ice will cool the tea and dilute it a little at the same time. That’s why it is important to brew a strong cup of black tea.
Now simply add as much milk as you like to the iced tea and you have yourself an Iced Chai Latte!
And of course for a hot chai tea simply skip the ice.
What tea to use for making Chai Tea Latte?
I love using Pique Tea Crystals for my quick way of making chai tea. The company sent me a sample pack of their tea varieties to try.
Their English Breakfast black tea has become one of my favorites! The tea crystals dissolve instantly in hot water (no brewing time) and there is no risk of over steeping – which otherwise unfortunately happens quite frequently in this busy mom life.
The black tea flavor is strong and bold but not bitter at all! Which I then realized makes it perfect for iced chai latte.
I make an extra strong cup of black Pique tea by using only half of the amount of hot water called for one pouch. So that even after adding ice and milk the delicious black tea flavor still comes through beautifully.
How to make this Chai Tea Latte vegan/paleo/keto/decaf?
Vegan Chai Tea Latte:
Use any non-dairy milk of your preference. Try out different varieties, as you might find that you prefer almond, or coconut, or oat milk in this chai latte recipe.
Paleo Chai Latte:
Use any non-dairy milk and an unrefined sweetener like maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Try using heavy whipping cream instead of milk for extra fat intake, or a low sugar non-dairy milk.
Or experiment with blending the chai with butter, coconut oil, or MCT oil for a bulletproof chai latte.
Decaf Chai Latte:
Use a decaffeinated black tea for brewing the chai.
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Chai Iced Tea Latte
Enjoy a homemade Iced Chai Tea Latte to keep yourself cool and refreshed this summer. It only takes a couple minutes to make and won't cost a fortune.
- Empty contents of 1 Pique Tea English Breakfast pouch into a glass. Dissolve in 1/2 cup of hot water.
Add sweetener and chai spice mix. Stir to combine. (Or brew 1/2 cup of strong black tea and combine with sweetener & chai spice mix).
- Fill a serving glass with ice cubes. Pour in the tea mix. Add milk and stir.
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Disclosure: Pique Tea sent me a sample pack of their tea crystals. I am not being compensated for this post. I just really love using their instant black tea for this chai latte.
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