This quick and refreshing iced chai tea latte can be made with just 4 ingredients in about 5 minutes.
Heya, friends, it’s almost spring, the weather (at least here in Southern California) is warming up, and that means it’s time to start thinking about warm-weather recipes.
It’s actually really simple to make an iced chai latte (or hot chai latte) at home exactly the way they do at coffee shops. You just need chai concentrate, milk, and ice.
But if you’re here, I’m guessing you don’t have chai concentrate, so I’m going to show you how to make a super quick and simple shortcut chai concentrate so you can be sipping an iced chai latte in about 5 minutes.
- Chai tea bags: Use your favorite chai brand, caffeinated or decaf.
- Sugar: I typically use granulated sugar here, but many chai concentrate recipes use brown sugar. Feel free to use whichever you prefer. If you have it, superfine sugar works particularly well because it will dissolve more quickly when you’re making the concentrate.
- Milk: Starbucks uses 2% milk in their coffee drinks, but you can use any milk you’d like including non-dairy milks. The higher fat your milk, the creamier your drink will be.
How to Make an Iced Chai Latte at Home
- Make chai concentrate: In a small pot or microwave-safe cup, bring ¼ cup of water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep tea for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in sugar until completely dissolved and add another ¼ cup of cold or room-temperature water (this will help bring down the temperature of the concentrate so it’s not too warm when you add it to the milk).
- Assemble your drink: Fill a 16-ounce cup with about 1½ cup of ice and add milk before pouring the chai mixture over the milk and stirring to combine. Top with optional whipped cream if desired, and enjoy!
What is a chai tea latte made of?
Starbucks and other coffee houses use a mix of chai concentrate and milk. Chai concentrate is made by combining black tea with spices, usually ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and peppercorns, along with some form of sweetener.
If you want to give this a try and make an authentic cup of Indian Masala Chai, go check out this recipe.
Does an iced chai latte have coffee?
Iced chai lattes do not usually include coffee. They are made with just chai concentrate and milk served over ice. However, if you would like to add coffee, you can add a shot or two of espresso and make a dirty chai latte (it’s quite good).
What does an iced chai latte taste like?
If you’ve never had one, chai lattes taste just like what they are, sweet chai tea and milk. It’s a refreshing, lightly spicy sweet flavor that is perfect on a warm day.
Is there caffeine in an iced chai latte?
It depends on the tea you use. Chai tea does have caffeine, so if you buy one from a coffee house your latte will almost certainly be caffeinated, but when making your chai latte at home, you can choose to use decaf chai for a caffeine-free chai latte.
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Quick Iced Chai Tea Latte
- ½ cup filtered water divided
- 2 chai tea bags
- 2 teaspoons (8g) granulated sugar *
- 1 ½ cup ice
- ¾ cup milk any percentage
- Whipped cream optional for topping
- In a small pot or microwave-safe cup, bring ¼ cup of the water to a boil on the stove or in the microwave. Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags.
- Stir in sugar until completely dissolved and add remaining ¼ cup of cold or room-temperature water. Set aside.
- Fill 1 16-ounce cup with 1½ cup of ice. Add milk.
- Pour chai mixture over the milk and stir to combine. Top with optional whipped cream if desired, and enjoy!
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