This iced chai latte hits the spot on a warm summer day!
Can I make a confession?
I don’t like coffee.
I wish I did! I see you out there sipping coffee out of your cute mug. You buy t-shirts about how much you need coffee. And I feel a little left out.
And what’s worse, I really don’t like hot drinks either. Seriously. Maybe I’ll suffer through some hot chocolate on the rare occasion that my Oklahoma self is outside for an extended period of time in a unicorn of extremely cold weather here. But I’m not really going to enjoy it.
My weakness, however, is iced tea. And no, I don’t technically live in the South. But I live close enough to blame geography for the way a tall glass of sweet tea calls my name.
I won’t lie and tell you I never drink sweet tea anymore. It’s a rare treat. But I try to avoid consuming refined sugar… and you just can’t skimp on that if you want true Southern tea. So I’ve learned to appreciate good alternatives. And here at Red and Honey, we’ve got several to choose from: DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, Hibiscus-Green Iced Tea, and Honey-Sweetened Lemonade.
My latest obsession, however, is making my own iced chai latte. It’s so easy to make I can hardly call it a recipe. And it’s completely customizable. If you don’t like the sweetness level, adjust accordingly. If you want a stronger chai taste, use more tea and less milk.
This drink is pretty much guilt free and it’s a great way to curb sugar cravings.
Chai is black tea mixed with varying spices, most often cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black peppercorns. The tea’s antioxidants mixed with the healing properties of the spices make chai an undisputed health drink. For those who avoid caffeine, a cup of coffee has about 5 or 6 times more caffeine than chai.
All those benefits kind of sort of go out the window when you order a chai at standard coffee shops though. A grande chai tea latte at Starbucks has a whopping 42 grams of sugar. Add in the $4 to $6 price tag and that makes me pretty excited to share with you this cheap, easy, healthy alternative.
And the best thing about it – it’s easy. Like super easy.
Brew tea. I like to boil water in a kettle and then add the water and two tea bags to a mug. No microwaving over here!
Stir in honey. If you can, find some raw honey from somewhere close to you. It’s so much better for you and here’s why.
Cool. I plan to start making large batches so that the hassle of this step is eliminated. Because I mean, when it comes to a cool, refreshing iced chai… I don’t like to wait.
Add milk and ice. Lots of Red and Honey readers are dairy-free and if you are too, simply use whatever milk you prefer. Luckily, we tolerate dairy pretty well and have a wonderful source for grass-fed raw cow’s milk.
- 1 cup of strongly brewed chai (I use 2 tea bags per cup of water)
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 cup of preferred milk (I use raw cow's milk)
- Pour 1 cup of water over 2 bags of chai.
- Steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and stir in honey.
- Leave out or put in fridge until cool.
- Pour into large glass with 1 cup of milk.
- Drink and be happy.
Andrea Vandiver is a work-at-home mom and freelance writer in Oklahoma. She spends her days imitating animals and blowing bubbles. Her favorite things are those that taste, smell, feel, sound and look wonderful: the stuff that romance is made of.
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