This copycat Starbucks iced chai tea latte recipe is so easy to make using only three ingredients. Quickly make a large batch of iced chai tea and you can whip up a latte every morning in no time. Adjust the cream and sugar to your taste for the perfect end-of-summer drink.
Why this is the best iced chai latte recipe:
- No need to make your own tea. I love chai tea, but most of the time I don't have the patience to make my own from scratch. This recipe makes chai concentrate using tea bags so it is convenient and saves you having to buy a bunch of different spices. That being said, you can absolutely brew your own concentrate and use it in this recipe.
- It uses cream instead of milk. Typical chai lattes just use milk, however our recipe adds just a dash of cream instead. This gives this latte a fuller, creamier taste without diluting any of the strong chai flavor.
- It’s easy to customize. It’s easy to adjust this recipe to your taste. Whether that means adding more or less sweetness, using an alternative sweetener, or using a dairy-free milk, there are options for making your perfect latte.
Ingredients and Substitutions:
- Chai tea: Any type of chai tea will work, so use your favorite brand. This recipe uses chai tea bags, but you can also use chai loose leaf tea. However, if you are using loose leaf tea, make sure you brew it at 3 times the concentration you normally would. This means instead of using 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup of water, use 3 teaspoons.
- Cream: Use heavy cream or whipping cream. You can substitute this for dairy milk, almond milk or oat milk, but you will need to add a bit more than the quantity listed for cream. Keep in mind that the more milk added, the more the chai flavor is diluted — this is why we chose to use cream for this latte.
- Sugar: This recipe uses granulated sugar as a sweetener, but you can replace this with any type of sweetener you like such as honey, maple syrup or artificial sweeteners.
- Brew the chai tea: Let the tea bags steep in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar. Let the tea cool to room temperature before chilling in the fridge.
- Make the iced latte: Mix the cream and chilled iced tea together, then serve over ice.
No, typically it doesn't. It just has chai tea (which does contain some caffeine, but less than coffee does). A dirty chai latte is like an iced chai tea latte, but has both coffee and chai tea.
You can easily make this iced chai tea latte with almond milk or oat milk instead of using cream. It will slightly change the flavor, but will still taste delicious. Since the almond or oat milk is not as thick as cream, you will need to add a bit more than you would with cream.
- Make a batch of chai tea in advance. The fastest way to prepare this recipe is to have cold chai tea ready to go. If you want to drink this latte frequently, make a batch of chai concentrate and store it in the fridge.
- If you are adding sugar to a cold drink, use simple syrup. Sometimes, when mixing granulated sugar into a cold drink, it won’t fully dissolve and you may have some small granules of sugar. If this bothers you, use simple syrup instead. This is a liquid sugar mixture that will blend easily into any drink.
- Use chai ice cubes. If you want to prevent your drink from becoming watered down when adding ice, you can freeze chai tea in an ice cube tray and use these as ice cubes instead. However, if the ice fully melts while you are drinking your latte, you may need to add a bit more cream or sugar.