Iced Chai Lattes at Home

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Chai-ConcentrateOn Tuesday morning, I packed up the car with all my canning supplies, a basket and containers for strawberry collection, a bottle of water and a travel mug of iced chai latte and left for a day of strawberry picking and preserving at a friend’s house.  The berries at Ithaca Organics were insane, and we managed to pick about 9 pounds each in just under 40 minutes.

Strawberry-CanningSix hands make quick work of weighing, washing and hulling 19 pounds of strawberries (we each reserved about three pounds for fresh eating and freezing). By the end of the day, we had 5 half-pint jars of chamomile-scented strawberry syrup (plus a failed batch of two additional jars), 8 half-pints of spiced strawberry butter, and 15 pints of strawberry lemonade concentrate cooling on the counter.

Chai-Concentrate-2Long days of canning and evenings of tossing-and-turning due to the heat call for some caffeine. So I made a big batch of chai concentrate to mix with milk for quick lattes. I’m saving my good looseleaf chai for hot tea, so I used half a box of Bigelow vanilla bagged chai tea for the concentrate. At only about $2 a box, it makes for a fairly cheap beverage, especially when compared with the iced chai lattes at coffee shops! I think this will definitely become my go-to summer drink!

Iced Chai Lattes at Home

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: Makes 4 cups, or 4-6 lattes

Iced Chai Lattes at Home

Though I chose to use a bagged chai tea, this would work with any black tea, especially something like Earl Grey or English breakfast tea. To make an iced tea latte, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with tea concentrate, then top it off with the milk or milk alternative of your choice. For an extra creamy latte, use a tablespoon or two of half-and-half or cream to replace some of the milk.


  • 10 bags chai tea
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Heat the water to just before boiling. Pour the water over the tea bags and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes. To keep the tags from falling into the bowl, I like to tie all the strings together and hold them on the edge of the bowl as I pour in the water.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar as the tea steeps until it is dissolved. Using the full half-cup will make for a sweeter latte.
  3. Allow the concentrate to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to airtight containers and refrigerate.

Make Ahead and Storage

Extra concentrate can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.


      • Stephanie L says

        So glad I came across this! I am a Starbucks addict but once I saw they used the box chai concentrate I can buy at the grocery store, I quit buying them at the coffee store. $2.79 for a 32 oz concentrate is a good deal but I hoped I could make it even cheaper. I’m totally trying this tonight since I’m about out of my pre-boxed concentrate. Is there any trick to making it stronger? Can I just add more tea bags or will that ruin the flavor? Thanks for posting this!


        • Julie says

          I would add more tea bags for a stronger taste! If you steep them longer, it could become bitter, so more tea bags for the same amount of time is the way to go!

  1. says

    Have you ever tried using sweetened condensed milk? I used it the first time in my coffee this weekend and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely heavy, so I recommend using it with a mixture of regular milk.

  2. Christine says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I absolutely love chai lattes and now I can make it at home.