I’m a huge fan of iced coffee but I can’t get away with drinking it as often as I would like. I’m an avid tea drinker too and often get a craving for a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer day, but sometimes I miss all the flavourful combinations that you can have with iced coffee. So, I decided it was time to stray from my usual favourite iced tea and start coming up with some flavoured versions. My first stop – chai!
James isn’t really a fan of iced tea. Which I think is perfectly fine because it just means more for me! But this is one iced tea that he actually enjoys, which means that now I actually have to share. Boo. :( Ok, deep down it might just make me happy because maybe I kind of like to share and also, it gives me that much more of an excuse to make it. :)
The thing I love about this version of iced tea is that it’s creamy, which is something you don’t usually expect in an iced tea, and the part that I usually crave in an iced coffee. I also love that it’s on the healthy side but still tastes like a treat. This is a life saver because it goes down oh so easily on a hot summer day.
Iced Chai Tea Latte
This tea is lightly sweetened. Feel free to add more honey, to taste, if you prefer a sweeter beverage.
- 4 cups water
- 6 black tea bags
- 1/3 cup cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch pepper
- 2 cups milk (or almond milk), cold
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in tea bags. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in honey and spices until honey is dissolved. Allow to cool a bit and then cover and refrigerate until cold. Stir before serving to mix in the spices that have settled on the bottom.
For a pitcher full: Stir 2 cups milk directly into the cold tea. Pour into glasses over ice.
For individual servings: Fill glass with ice. Top with 2/3 cup cold tea and then with 1/3 cup milk. Stir to serve.
Makes: 6 (1 cup) servings