I made my way to T2 after work and stumbled across the free tea tasting sample. Most tea lovers know that this is a common thing at T2. What caught my attention was the Iced chai tea. To be quite honest, I was never into chai, especially the powdered form (urgghhh!!!!!). I’ve always preferred to buy loose leaf tea instead of reverting to the syrup or the powdered form. When the lady offered me a drink, I had already generated a preconceived idea that this tea was not going to be added into the my tea collection. But I was wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After taking a sip, I could taste the combination of spices running all over my taste buds . It was a double chilly (hot/cold) sensation and not to mention refreshing. I instantly made up my mind that I had to make this awesome tea for the summer and asked the lady what milk she used and found out it was soy milk What I didn’t know is that Starbucks also makes iced chai tea, However ( You knew I was going to say that, the amount of calories and sugar is SHOCKING!!!!!). So I had to figure out how to reduce the amount of sugar and still make this tea taste lovely without making this a sugar calorie BOMB! .Then I realized that Vanilla, chai and soy go really well with each other. The Vanilla Soy milk that I bought for this recipe has about the same amount of sugar in normal milk.
Also, I really enjoyed the sweetness from the vanilla soy milk, and did not need to add sugar or honey into the drink.
However, If you are used to drinking iced tea that is very sweet, you can try adding a some honey into the chai brew mixture 🙂 I know I do when I want to spoil myself :P. Also for flavored milk, always check the nutrition panel to make sure that the sugar is no more than 25g per severing (250ml).
10 minutes prep time + 1 Hour to allow the chai brew to cool down
- 3 -4 teaspoon Loose-leaf chai tea ( I used the T2 brand in this recipe)
- Vanilla soy milk
- Honey (Optional)
- Ice cubes
- Add 3 teaspoons of the loose-leaf chai and 1 1/2 cups of cold water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Add honey ( more or less depending on how you like your chai) and stir to dissolve.
- Allow the brewed chai to cool in your fridge at least 1 hour..
- In order to make the iced tea., Fill the glass with some ice cubes . Then fill the glass with half of the chai brew and half of the vanilla soy milk ( you can adjust this according to your preferences).
- Most important of all, ENJOY 🙂