Iced chai tea lattes

by Khushboo on August 21, 2014

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Starbucks 

Starbucks is proof that you can turn almost anything into a success with a little creativity.  Even though people have been drinking coffee for decades, Starbucks revolutionized the coffee industry.  There are plenty of coffeehouses that sell coffee that taste better Starbucks (and probably cheaper), yet it will always remain my #1…and I am pretty sure many others share my sentiments.

Chai straight view

For starters its extensive menu appeals to coffee-connoisseurs, wannabe coffee drinkers and even the non-coffee drinkers alike.  For those who prefer to customize his/her drink, Starbucks will cater accordingly, no matter how high maintenance the order may be  (I’ll take a grande, iced soy chai tea latte with a shot of espresso and no sugar syrup).  Their free wi-fi instantly converts Starbucks from a coffeehouse into a temporary office…and the comfortable sofas only lure in customers even more.  Even though it is found on every street corner cross the globe, Starbucks strives to maintain a degree of consistency.  

There are a million reasons why Starbucks remains a favourite of many.  

For me, I am pretty sure my love for Starbucks stems from nostalgia. Growing up, it was one of the first places I was allowed to go on my own, even though it was a mere 5-minute walk from my building.  I can’t even count the number of hours I have spent catching up with loved ones in the Starbucks on North Audley Street in London.  If memory serves right, my friends & I once actually got Dominoes to deliver us pizza there because we were too lazy to change venues.  Side note: This was long before Starbucks upped their food game.  I remember being so addicted to Starbucks’ skinny blueberry muffins that my bestie would bring one to Lagos for me every time she visited (thanks Ayesh).

Chai concentrate

Chai concentrate

With so many memories attached to this coffee shop, Starbucks feels like home to an extent…and of course I am thrilled that more & more branches are opening up across India.  As an ever-growing Starbucks loyalist, my drink of choice has evolved over the years.  I started off with mocha frappuccinos, then coffee fraps, then coffee light fraps, and then soy cappuccinos (or lattes).  Gradually my taste buds matured into craving americanos, preferably iced when the sun is out.   

Chai no straw

I’ve recently gotten hooked on their iced chai tea lattes.  On the days I’m feeling cray cray, I opt for its dirty counterpart i.e. an iced chai tea latte with a shot of espresso.  Despite living in the land of chai for over 4 years, it’s almost embarrassing to think that Starbucks turned me into a  chai convert…such is life!  Aside from taking Starbucks to a whole new level for me, their iced chai tea lattes inspired me to come up with a DIY version at home…without all that sugar.  Lord knows I don’t want to be downing a sugar bomb every time I get my chai fix ;).  And before I give Starbucks any more free promotion, let me share my recipe for Iced Chai Tea Lattes:

Iced Chai Tea Lattes
Serves 1
Black tea infused with a delicious blend of spices, served with milk & sweetener (optional) over ice. If preferred, these can be made non-dairy.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
6 min
INGREDIENTS
Iced Chai Tea Latte
  1. ½ cup chai concentrate (recipe below)
  2. ½ cup milk (e.g. almond, soy or cows')
  3. Ice
  4. Your choice of sweetener
For the chai concentrate
  1. 4 cups water
  2. 4 bags of black tea (or 3 teaspoons of tea leaves)
  3. 3- inch stick of cinnamon
  4. 4 pods of cardamom
  5. 1- inch piece of ginger
DIRECTIONS
Iced Chai Tea Latte
  1. Pour ½ cup chai concentrate & ½ cup milk over ice.
  2. Add sweetener if desired.
For the chai concentrate
  1. Add water to a large saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add tea bags (or leaves), cinnamon stick, cardamom, & ginger. Reduce heat to medium-high & allow tea mixture to steep for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a strainer & transfer liquid to an empty bottle or jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Notes
  1. The recipe above makes 4 cups of chai concentrate.
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If I’m living in the land of chai, I might as well milk it completely ;)! 

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Shashi @ RunninSrilankan August 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

The Starbucks Mocha is my fav – and you are so right – there’s a little coffeehouse around the corner from me that makes a way way better Mocha than Starbucks, but, lately, I find myself going there less and less !!! I don’t blame you for your addiction to their skinny blueberry muffins – they are still THAT good!
I am loving the sound of that cardamom and ginger and cinnamon in your chai – I’ve never gotten chai at ‘Bucks,but there was a tiny store in The Souk in Abu Dhabi that made some fantastic chair with cardamom and cloves and condensed milk!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ohh I’ve never tried chai with condensed milk but I can only imagine how heavenly it would taste 🙂

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Arman @ thebigmansworld August 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

They closed down most of the starbucks in Australia…fail whale.

Saying that, i was obsessed with it in America, and the prices were so good compared to Australia- (a tall here is around $5)

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Waaaait a sec- why would they shut Starbucks down :(???

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I read the Starbucks founder’s book years ago and i was fascinated. The way he introduced the coffee revolution to the states was amazing. He was inspired by all the little cafes in italy and everyone was like ‘it’ll never work anywhere else” but he ignored them. its so inspiring. and starbucks was my go-to in middle school and still is today 🙂

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I didn’t realise he wrote a book- will definitely be checking out…thanks for the heads up 🙂

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Joy August 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Cannot wait to try. Do you know, what’s the calorie count?

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

It would vary depending on the milk & sweetener used 🙂

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health August 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

im hooked to chai tea lattee…this is definitely happening.

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Make it happen 🙂

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Parita @ myinnershakti August 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I’m not a huge chai fan, but I think that’s because I really don’t know what to order! Coffee, however, I can do! My mom would love this on a hot day – she’s the chai lover in the family!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I think you need to make this for your mom before she heads back to ATL 😉

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

You know I’m not a coffee person at all, but I’ve had Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks before and absolutely loved them! That or my shaken passionfruit iced teas.

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Have you tried their green tea lemonade? It’s really refreshing too!

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GiGi Eats August 22, 2014 at 1:43 am

Iced tea is my jam, especially in LA – when I am walking around with friends, in about 5 minutes I WANT ICED TEA because straight up water… BORING!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Iced tea is awesome in the summer, especially now that they are so commonly available (without all that sugary syrup)!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 22, 2014 at 4:17 am

Pinning this!!! It looks awesome.

My favourite coffeehouse is an independent place called Tamp Coffee Co that’s in downtown Burlington. They make the best lattes! I grew up on Starbucks though – my order was a chai latte in high school, then I switched to vanilla lattes and Americanos.

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Let me know whether you make this- as a chai latte fan, I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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Brittany August 22, 2014 at 10:07 am

I totally share your love for the ‘bucks. She’s my main lady. I do still adore other coffee shops too, but Starbucks will always be #1!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

If anyone agreed with me, I knew it would be you 😉

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Jess August 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

It is not at all popular in Australia, it flopped. But we already had similar chains of our own and usually Aussies tend to prefer Australian brands. I always liked in when I lived in the states though.

I do love chai it is my favorite so I am going to try this for sure!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I’m surprised Starbucks didn’t too well in Australia- it must be one of the few places it failed in!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 22, 2014 at 5:34 pm

I’m totally with you on Starbucks being my #1 go-to when it comes to coffee, and to be honest, there are very few places that I’ve found where I like the coffee better. I think I dipped my toes into coffee drinking with a vanilla latte — that was back when I couldn’t handle the taste of coffee and needed it to be masked by as much sugar and milk as possible. Now, though? I’ll take either an Americano, dry cappuccino, or straight up Pike.

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Ooh what is a Pike? Our coffee preferences seem to be in sync so you’ve piqued my interest (see what I did there ;))!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 23, 2014 at 6:14 am

Bring on the dirty counterpart. Ok I totally just wanted to say dirty.

I love this drink. I will absolutely make this. Thanks for sharing sunshine.

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 23, 2014 at 6:17 am

Love the new look for the recipe format. Very clean and streamlined.

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Thanks so much, girl…gotta love plugins ;)!

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Khushboo August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

You dirty, dirty girl 😉

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Alexis @ Hummusapien August 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

I’ve been so into Starbucks passion iced tea lately! But this chai tea sounds so refreshing…nom!!

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Khushboo August 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I need to try their passion iced tea- soon!

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