Iced Chai Anyone?

We have more hot days predicted for next week. A glass or mug of easy* iced chai tea and a peaceful sitting space might just cultivate a relaxing moment or two.

Here's how I do it:

  1. I make 12 ounces of very strong black tea, let it cool, and make it into ice cubes. (Yes, this takes a little time but it so worth the effort. Using plain water ice cubes just dilutes the chai tea flavor.
  2. Put 4 chai ice cubes in your blender.
  3. Add 1/2 to 2/3 cups full fat milk from some sweet pasture raised, lactating animal (or your favorite nut/seed milk)
  4. 1/2 to 1 tsp. chai spice mix - see below
  5. 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  6. 1 tsp. local, raw honey
  7. optional pinch of black pepper
  8. Blend into a frothy liquid and pour into a wide mouth, pint ball canning jar or some other acceptable, glass receptacle.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Double or triple to share with a friend or two.

*I say easy because making traditional hot chai is a process that simmers the whole herbs and spices; not the below ground blend I am suggesting you mix up and have handy for easy iced chai making.  In a jar I put: (keep in mind these are all approximate measures and proportions based upon the strength of the spice flavor.)

  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. cardamom
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • 1-2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1-2 tsp. star anise

I make a batch of this and keep it in an 8 oz. ball jam jar.  I also use it in cooler weather to whip up an easy hot chai tea.