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Iced Chai Tea Latte

Start your morning off on the right note with this delicious Iced Chai Tea Latte.

Iced Chai Tea Latte

This is a delicious and easy recipe for an Iced Chai Tea Latte with brewed black tea, warming chai spices, and plant-based milk for a healthy vegan spin. 

Iced Chai Tea Latte

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It's no secret that I love anything flavored with chai. From Chai Cream Cheese Frosting for carrot cake to Spiced Chai Cheesecake to Chai Latte Chia Pudding, I can't get enough! So I thought it was about time I gave you all a recipe or a true classic: iced chai tea lattes. These vegan lattes are creamy, foamy and full of warming spiced flavor. 

If you're cutting out coffee or want a lower-caffeine drink to sip in the morning, you'll want to try this tea ASAP. And while you're at it, make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to pour over ice all week long.

However, if you don't mind switching things up or adding a bit of coffee to your Chai Tea, then this Dirty Chai Maple Iced Latte is the perfect thing for you!

Why You’ll Love This Iced Chai Tea Latte

First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and easy drink is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It’s Very Similar to Starbucks. I tried to make this Iced Chai Tea Latte as close to Starbuck’s version as I could with the exception of adding personal preferences that you might have! i.e. a pre-made chai concentrate, type of milk, etc.
  • It’s super easy to make! I literally love how easy this latte is to make. You'll just need a few tea bags, an easy spice blend, and a handful of staple ingredients to recreate this delicious drink!
  • You save money! This by far is one of my biggest reasons for making my own lattes at home (minus the last point to come). You definitely save more money purchasing the ingredients and making your own servings at home.
  • It’s healthier. Most of all, this is my biggest plus! I love when I am able to know what ingredients I use whenever making drinks, cooking, or baking. Making my own lattes and coffee at home has definitely allowed me to switch to healthier, organic ingredients which is a win, win!

Iced Chai Tea Latte

HOMEMADE CHAI TEA BLEND

While you can purchase chai tea mixes in stores, it’s definitely a blend that is easy to find, but also easy to make. Your Iced Chai Tea Latte will taste amazing, whichever you use.

If you do plan on making your own spice blend, you will need:

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground ginger
  • Allspice
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ground cloves
  • Black pepper

Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chai Tea Latte Ingredients

The main component in this simple homemade is the chai tea flavor. To make your lattes, you’ll use:

  • Oat milkMake your own! Or use store-bought oat milk. 
  • Maple syrup. The best sweetener that I enjoy using. I like to use pure maple syrup that’s premium and organic.
  • Black tea bags. You can use any plain black tea you like. Caffeine-free will also work if you avoid caffeine. 
  • Chai spices. This latte is all about the spice blend, which includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper. 
  • Crushed or whole ice. The best highlight of this drink to keep things cold. Crush your ice or use a nice ice cub tray.
  • Vanilla. Creates a nice addition of flavor.

Does Chai Tea Have Caffeine?

Yes, this recipe has some caffeine. Black tea contains about 47 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce cup. Compared to coffee, which has 95 milligrams of caffeine per 8-ounce cup. If you use chai tea bags for this recipe, you'll have about 26 milligrams of caffeine per cup. To cut the caffeine out of this recipe altogether, simply use decaffeinated black or chai tea. 

How Does Starbucks Make Chai Tea Lattes?

When it comes to the Starbucks version of Iced Chai Tea Lattes, it's pretty similar to this recipe!

It's made with 2% milk, water, and a chai tea concentrate that includes black tea, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and vanilla. 

Iced Chai Tea Latte

How to Make Iced Chai Tea Latte with Tea Bags

Once you see how easy it is to make your own tea lattes at home, you'll never have to go back to the coffee shop again. You'll save money for sure. But your drinks will also taste just how you like them. It's a win-win. 

This tea latte recipe comes together in a saucepan on the stove. It's full of classic chai spices, a bit of sweetener and black tea. You can serve it up hot from the saucepan if you like, or pour it over ice for a refreshing summertime tea.

TO MAKE THE CHAI TEA:

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the water and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Add the tea bags and let it boil for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let everything steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Once fully steeped, remove tea bags and whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, cardamom, ground cloves, and black pepper until dissolved and combined. Let cool completely.

TO MAKE THE LATTE:

  • In a bowl, add together the oat milk, vanilla, and chai tea mixture, mixing until combined.
  • To serve, fill ice into a 12 or 16-ounce glass and pour the latte mixture atop crushed ice until completely filled.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Iced Chai Tea Latte

SHOP MY FAVORITE DRINKWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and mocktail essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with this Iced Chai Tea Latte. Everything from my fave glassware, cocktail shakers, ice cube trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Iced Chai Tea LatteIs This Latte Dairy-Free?

Absolutely! Everything in this latte is completely dairy-free and if you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milkcoconut, and even potato and quinoa milk. 

Can I Serve this Hot or Cold?

Yes! You can definitely switch things up by serving this latte hot or cold whenever you chose to. To serve hot, simply warm all latte ingredients together in a small saucepan until heated through. Pour in a mug and top with coconut whipped cream and a few sprinkles of chai tea mix, if desired.

Serving Iced Chai Lattes

To really treat yourself, top your homemade chai lattes with coconut whipped cream or frothed milk and an extra dusting of chai spice. 

Iced Chai Tea Latte

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Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chai Tea Latte

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This is a delicious and easy recipe for an Iced Chai Tea Latte with brewed black tea, warming chai spices, and almond milk for a healthy vegan spin. 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Ingredients

CHAI TEA:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 black tea bags, premium
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1-2 Tbsps Chai spice blend

CHAI SPICE BLEND:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon black pepper

LATTE:

  • 1 ½ cups Oat milk, homemade or store-bought (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CHAI TEA:

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the water and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Add the tea bags and let it boil for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let everything steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Once fully steeped, remove tea bags and whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, allspice, cardamom, ground cloves, and black pepper until dissolved and combined. Let cool completely.

TO MAKE THE LATTE:

  • In a bowl, add together the oat milk, vanilla, and chai tea mixture, mixing until combined.
  • To serve, fill ice into a 12 or 16-ounce glass and pour the latte mixture atop crushed ice until completely filled.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • WHAT PLANT-BASED MILKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS RECIPE? My go-to plant-based brand for Oat milk when using store-bought is Ripple. However, you can always use your fave or one of the following: Almondcoconut milk, homemade oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), homemade cashew milk, flax milk, potato milkquinoa milk, etc.
  • SWEETENER: You can adjust the amount of sweetener depending on how sweet or unsweet you'd like for your latte to be.
  • TEA BAG: You can also use a chai tea bag blend instead if preferred.

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  1. Such beautiful images had me drooling! And what a delicious recipe! Tastes just like Starbucks, and significantly less expensive.

  2. I love chai tea and I love lattes so it's only fitting that I must have one of these today! Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I'm so excited to try it!