If you’re craving a delicious Iced Chai Tea Latte like the one from Starbucks, then you have to make this easy recipe at home. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a warm and satisfying drink with cozy spices and frothy milk foam—all homemade! Get your caffeine fix in for a fraction of the cost.
Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe
I love fall. I just can’t get enough of the irresistible flavors that you find everywhere when September hits.
The problem is… year after year, I ALSO feel like Texas is still hot for a lot of the fall spirit (like REALLY hot).
The answer? An ICED Chai Tea Latte.
You still get all the cozy and warm spices, and a milk frother makes this drink feel like it’s straight from the coffee house.
The bonus: you’ll save a TON of money and time by making this homemade version. So quit buying the Tazo Chai Concentrate, and save big by skipping the Starbucks. You’ll get the best of both worlds when you pull together your own!
The simple ingredients you need to make this Ice Chai tea latte at home include:
- Chai tea bags. You should be able to find chai tea bags at the grocery store. Note, you can choose an herbal or decaffeinated variety if you’d like to avoid caffeine.
- Sweetener. Maple syrup is a wholesome and flavorful option. You can go with another liquid sweetener, like agave, honey, or liquid stevia if you’re wanting less sugar.
- Spices. Because you’re using a chai tea bag, you’ll need fewer spices than other recipes with a regular black tea bag. You’ll want a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. You can choose other spices, like star anise, if you’d like more of a kick.
- Milk. You can opt for any kind of milk: regular dairy milk (either whole or reduced fat), or a plant-based variety, like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
How to Make an Iced Chai Tea Latte
Below you’ll find the steps for making your own Chai concentrate at home:
Make the Concentrate
Add 1 cup of water to a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat.
Remove the pan from the heat, then stir in the tea bags, sweetener, and chai spice. Allow the mixture to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Chill and Enjoy
Pour the mixture into an airtight container, like a mason jar.
Place the homemade chai concentrate into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or until it is completely cooled.
When you’re ready to drink it, pour the concentrate into a 16-ounce glass with some ice. If you’re frothing your milk, now’s the time to prep that (but this is totally optional). Then, add your milk of choice, stir, and drink up! You can even add a squirt of vanilla syrup if you choose.
Meal Prep and Storage
- How to prep ahead of time: Once the concentrate is made, you can leave it in the fridge for a few days until you’re ready to enjoy.
- How to store: Once you add the milk, drink the chai tea within a few hours. The concentrate will last in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
- How to freeze: It is not recommended to freeze this concentrate.
What do iced chai tea lattes taste like?
While the flavor will greatly vary based on what spices you use, an iced chai tea latte is a cool and refreshing blend of tea and spice. Many describe this drink as the perfect balance of soothing and delicious. If you opt for more warming spices, it will have a strong chai flavor.
Does a chai tea latte have caffeine?
A chai tea latte CAN have caffeine, but it depends on which type of tea is used to brew it. Typically, chai concentrate for an iced latte is made with black tea, which is caffeinated. If you’d like to avoid caffeine, be sure to grab a caffeine-free variety of chai teabags for this recipe. If you want to up the caffeine content, opt for a dirty chai tea latte, made with a shot of espresso.
How healthy is an iced chai tea latte?
An iced chai tea can be a healthy and refreshing drink, depending on which milk and sweetener you use. Be sure to use a light milk and only a little natural sweetener if you want a healthier option.
The recipe you’ll find below is already gluten-free as written. Here are some adjustments and substitutions you can make to help it fit your other dietary requirements:
- Dairy-free: Stick with a plant-based milk.
- Sugar-free: Choose a different sweetener that is free of sugar, or leave it out altogether.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Make it spicy. Add more spice for more flavor, or use less for a milder tea.
- Chill out. Let the homemade concentrate completely cool in the fridge.
- Make it frothy. Use a frother to whip the milk for a creamy and decadent drink.
- Skip the jitters. Grab a caffeine-free chai tea bag to skip the pick-me-up.
- Go big. Whip up a double or triple batch to enjoy some tea all week.
What to Serve with an Iced Chai Tea Latte?
If you’re looking for a snack to enjoy alongside this iced chai tea latte, try one of these tasty options.
Iced Chai Tea Latte
If you're craving a delicious Iced Chai Tea Latte like the one from Starbucks, then you have to make this easy recipe at home. In less than 10 minutes, you'll be enjoying a warm and satisfying drink with cozy spices and frothy milk foam—all homemade! Get your caffeine fix in for a fraction of the cost.
- 1 cup water
- 2 chai tea bags
- 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon ground
- ⅛ tsp. nutmeg ground
- ⅛ tsp. ginger ground
- 1 pinch cloves ground
- 1 cup milk regular, or plant-based
To Make the Chai Tea Concentrate:
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Remove the pot from the heat and add the tea bags, sweetener, and spices. Whisk together and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
Store the sweetener in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or until the concentrate has cooled completely.
Make the Iced Chai Latte:
Pour the chai concentrate into a 16-ounce glass with ice. Add the milk, stir to combine, and enjoy!