This Iced Chai Latte is is the perfect refreshing chai drink – Simple chai tea, an easy-to-make syrup to sweeten, and foamed milk over ice! Easy to make dairy-free and sugar-free!
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If you know me at all you’ll know I’m a tea-lover through and through. I do love a good espresso latte in the morning (or two!), but in the afternoon I’m all about the chai. This Iced Chai Latte is SO delicious – it’s way better than conventional coffee shop chai lattes, and it’s easy to make too!
When it comes to chai lattes I don’t discriminate. It’s still warm enough where I live to enjoy an Iced Chai Latte in the afternoon sun, but if you prefer your chai latte warm feel free to check out my Slow Cooker Chai Latte recipe! It’s so delicious, very festive, and perfect for a crowd.
And if you’re dairy-free, eating low carb, or need a decaf option, this Iced Chai Latte can be made to suit almost any diet. If you want the full coffee shop experience, make it with my easy homemade simple syrup and whole milk. If you’re dairy-free, feel free to substitute the milk for your favourite dairy-free barista blend. If you’re low-carb, keto or sugar free, skip the syrup and sweeten your latte with a few drops of your favourite stevia or other low-calorie sweetener. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, skip the regular chai tea and find yourself a decaf blend. Short on time? Brew the chai tea ahead of time and pop it in the fridge so it’s ready when you are.
Ingredients for Iced Chai Latte:
- whole cloves & cinnamon sticks (optional)
- brewed chai tea (or your favourite chai blend and hot water)
How to make an Iced Chai Latte
- Start with the simple syrup. You can prepare the simple syrup ahead of time and use it as needed. Add to your tastes.
- Brew the tea. Use your favourite chai tea blend and hot water. Let it steep so it’s nice and strong.
- Froth the milk. Use a milk frother if you have one (on the cold setting), use a hand held frother, or just shake the milk really well in a mason jar.
- Don’t forget the ice. Pour everything over ice, and enjoy!
What kitchen equipment do I need to make an iced chai latte?
A pot or teapot for making the tea is helpful, along with some reusable tea papers (if you’re using loose-leaf chai tea), and you can use a mason jar to foam the milk.
Can I make a decaffeinated iced chai latte?
Yes! Simply use your favourite decaf chai tea blend (available at large grocery stores, or online).
Where can I find Chai tea?
Most grocery stores carry a conventional chai tea blend. Most traditional chai teas are imported loose-leaf (not tea bags).
Can I make a dairy-free iced latte?
Yes! Feel free to use your favourite barista blend almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
Can I make a sugar-free iced latte?
Yes! Feel free to leave out the syrup, or use maple syrup, honey, or stevia drops instead.
Can I sweeten my iced chai latte with regular sugar instead of syrup?
I don’t recommend it. Since iced lattes are cold sugar doesn’t dissolve easily. To sweeten your iced chai latte, use an easy homemade simple syrup (in the recipe directions below), or sweeten it with a touch of honey, some maple syrup, or a few drops of liquid stevia.
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I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite homemade drink? I’d love to know!
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Iced Chai Latte
- Mason Jar
- Electric or hand-held milk frother
- Tea pot (or equivalent)
For the simple syrup (makes 1/2 cup syrup):
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 3-4 whole allspice
For the tea:
- 1 cup hot water (approximately 2 oz)
- 2 chai tea bags (or equivalent loose-leaf tea)
For the foamed milk:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 tablespoons simple syrup (recipe above) (substitute Maple Syrup or a few drops of Stevia, if desired)
- ice cubes
- cinnamon for topping (optional)
For the simple syrup:
- Add the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves and allspice to a pot over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves.
- Let the mixture sit and cool to room temperature, and remove the whole spices before adding the syrup to a jar or bottle.
For the chai tea:
- Steep the chai tea bags in the hot water until strongly brewed (about 5-10 minutes).
For the foamed milk:
- Add the milk to a mason jar and shake very well to froth. Froth with a hand-held milk frother, if desired.
- If you'd like a warm latte, heat the milk in a pot and froth with a hand-held frother.
- Alternatively, froth the cold milk in an electric milk frother (if you have one) on the cold setting (or the hot setting if you'd like a warm latte), or simply shake the mason jar very well until everything is combined and a small layer of foam appears on the top of the milk.
- Pour the milk (over ice, if desired) into each glass or mug. Add 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup to each glass or mug.
- Pour 1/2 cup of the tea over the milk into each mug or glass.
- Top each latte with any leftover foam and sprinkle with cinnamon (optional).