an iced chai tea latte is delicious with breakfast
10 Ingredients or Less,  Drinks

The Easy Iced Chai You’ll Want All The Time

When I started working from home for COVID in March, I got a few different types of chai to try at the grocery store. With not much else in my control, and little fun to be had, trying new teas was something positive to do. I hated one of the ones I bought because it had star anise in it. But that was when it was hot. Flavors change at different temperatures. Drinking it iced, was a lot better. That evolved into this easy iced chai tea latte recipe that I’ve been drinking several times a week.

Until recently, I wasn’t a big iced chai fan. While I thoroughly enjoy a [hot] chai latte from Starbucks and drink a lot of chai tea at home [or work when that was a thing], I hadn’t had an iced chai I enjoyed until we started ordering breakfast from Coco + Hazel. It’s what inspired me to try to make iced chai at home.

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The Teas

Tazo’s Organic Chai is the tea that started me down this road. I will not drink it hot. It has too strong of a star anise aroma and taste for me. But cold it’s the star of the show.

Harney & Sons’ Hot Cinnamon Spice was a recommendation from Athena at Happier Space. I drink this tea all the time. I say I like tea. What I really like is cinnamon. This tea satisfies my love for cinnamon.

Celestial Seasonings’ Bengal Spice has been a favorite of mine for a few years. Full of cinnamon goodness, I will drink this hot or cold. Often I drink a mug of this, then add a black chai tea bag, more water and go again with another mug of tea. The remnants of the Bengal Spice bag give some cinnamon flavor to the second cup of tea.

Chai Tea Combinations

For this iced chai tea latte recipe, I always use 2 tea bags per serving for more flavor. Try different combinations to find what you like. My favorites are:

  • Tazo Chai + Harney & Sons Cinnamon
  • Bengal Spice+ Harney & Sons Cinnamon
  • Tazo Chai + any black chai tea

Let’s talk sweetners.

Sugar sweetens an iced chai latte just fine, but it’s best to add the sugar before you heat the tea to help it dissolve. Try a teaspoon if that’s what you decide on. I like a splash of maple syrup better because I can add it when I add milk, and it gives the chai an extra oomph of flavor. Maple, along with cinnamon, give this a comforting, warm feeling, even though you’re drinking an iced chai.

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Prep Multiple Iced Chai Tea Lattes

I like to prep and drink iced chai tea lattes in mason jars. If you have a few jars, prep more than one at a time. After the tea steeps, it gets cold in the fridge so something with a lid is helpful. Plus this makes them more portable. Add your milk of choice and any sweetener, admire the milk swirl, and everything is ready!

Easy Iced Chai

You'll want this addicting chai all the time.

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Chai, Tea
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 tea bags
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tbsp milk to taste
  • 1 tsp maple syrup to taste


  1. Add tea bags and water to a mason jar.

  2. Heat in the microwave to almost boiling or boiling(~2 min on high)

  3. Let sit on the counter until cool enough to refrigerate, then place in the fridge until cold.

  4. Add milk & maple syrup. Stir and enjoy!


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