This drink right here is the perfect drink for non-coffee drinkers like me. It is an easy iced tea recipe for the fall, believe me.
You can drink this year round but something about fall here in Florida makes me think about chai tea and Maple Brown sugar cookies.
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy going to your favorite coffee place to grab your chai tea. I go to Starbcucks.
But this iced tea recipe for fall is so easy to make and it keeps me from driving to go get a Starbucks iced chai tea when I can just make it at home.
Anyone else like saving a coin or two?
You can enjoy chai tea iced or hot. I prefer mine iced because well, I live in Florida and I’m sweating 90% of the time.
If you don’t like store bought chai tea, you can always make your own. Homemade chai tea is definitely doable.
You can drink this year round. This is great for Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter. It’s a yummy drink no matter the weather.
One of my favorite benefits about chai tea that I love is how it wakes me up.
I usually drink this during the middle of my day but imagine if I were to have this in the morning, I would be ready for anything!
Remember when I told you that it feels like I’m drinking coffee when I sip chai tea?
Chai tea has caffeine components since it naturally has black tea leaves. Don’t get too carried away though.
As a rule of thumb, chai tea contains about 1/3 the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee and about 1/6 the amount of a strong cup of coffee.
One other cool benefit is chai tea contains ginger so it helps with nausea and this is a bonus for me.
I am someone that has to fight motion sickness from time to time and so, having chai tea is good to have around.
For whatever reason, people have always said “Chai tea” when placing their order at their local Starbucks.
Did you know that you’re actually saying tea twice though? Chai literally means “tea.”
Chai is a way of life in India. Almost everywhere you go—in trains, on streets, in sari shops—you will see people gulping down the sweet, spicy, milky beverage.
As mentioned before, chai does contain caffeine but its levels will not disturb you from getting a good night’s rest.
If you are someone who is sensitive to caffeine, drinking this before bed time may not be the best idea.
Fun fact, chai contains tannin, which reduces the rate at which caffeine is absorbed into your system.
To me, I taste chai concentrate when I drink this. Chai tastes sweet, spicy, and creamy. Many people presume you are drinking coffee due to the color but it tastes nothing like coffee.
You’ll get notes of the spiciness pulled from the black tea that remind you of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom.
With any latte recipe, whether it be from Starbucks or one made at home, the milk always ties it together.
I like to think of it as a spiced milk. I go back and forth from using almond milk or coconut milk but it’s entirely up to you what you put in this recipe.
I heard oat milk tastes even better than almond milk or coconut milk but again, it’s whatever you want to add.
I would make this again but with a few modifications. I would definitely consider adding vanilla sweetener.
On its own, this drink is not that sweet so adding a vanilla sweetener or date paste is a great natural sweetener to use.
One other thing I would’ve changed with this process is using a strainer. Coconut milk is quite nutty and having this would’ve made the drink taste less pulpy.
This recipe is a good staple to repeat with your family and I will be using this iced chai tea recipe for months to come.
Do you plan on making this recipe for the fall months?