Chai is my absolute favorite beverage. Since high school, I’ve enjoyed these sweet, milky cups of tea with their spicy flavor.
I’ve usually sipped it hot, but lately, I’ve actually been preferring it iced. (What mama’s cup of tea doesn’t usually end up cold anyway, right?) After being concerned about the caffeine at one point, I was thrilled to discover that I could make it with a naturally caffeine-free red tea.
I recently served a batch of this iced tea at a dinner party with friends, alongside a big pot of curry. It was declared amazing!
When I purchase the tea and herbs in bulk, it ends up being a pretty frugal beverage. You can use dairy or dairy-free milk. (I have mine with my homemade coconut milk.)
Iced Rooibos Chai
5 tsp Red Honeybush or Rooibos Tea
1 Star Anise, crushed
1/4 tsp ground Cardamom
pinch of ground Cloves
pinch ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-2 drops Orange Essential Oil (optional)
1 Cup organic Evaporated Cane Juice Sugar*
4 Cups Hot Water
about 2 Cups Milk to serve
Ice to serve
In a tea ball strainer, add the loose leaf tea, anise, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. Let steep in the 4 cups of hot water for about 20-30 minutes. (If you don’t have a large enough tea ball, just pour it all into the water, and then strain it out with a fine-meshed strainer.)
Mix in the sugar, vanilla, and orange oil (if using). Stir until the sugar is dissolved. (The water should still be warm enough to allow it to dissolve faster.)
To serve, add ice to drinking glasses. Pour in chai to fill about 2/3 of the glass, and then fill the remaining 1/3 with milk. Stir if desired, sip, and enjoy!
Makes about 6 Servings
*You could substitute honey if desired (probably a bit less). But I didn’t care for the flavor as much.