This dreamy, Easy Iced Vanilla Chai will be your go-to this summer! So easy to put together, and so delicious to sip! Just a few ingredients to keep on hand, and you can make this coffeehouse treat anytime!
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I know I’m starting to feel the summer vibes when I start pulling out the iced coffee. Although I love coffee hot, sweet, and creamy all year round, there’s just something about summer that makes me want to drink that delicious sweet caffeinated nectar over ice. The same is true for tea! I love brewing fruit teas (like this peach tea, or raspberry tea) and pouring them over ice with a bit of sweetness added in.
But sometimes, you want something a little more decadent (and okay, some caffeine in there too. I’m a mom after all). That’s when I love to whip up a nice Iced Vanilla Chai. Having one of these is like a special treat in my own living room. There is sweet, there is creamy, there is chai, and there is cool, refreshing flavor. And while yes, I get a little bit of a caffeine pick-me-up from this, it’s not as much as coffee so I can easily enjoy it until 3 or 4 PM without being wide awake come bedtime!
With summer on the way, I hope you enjoy this delicious Iced Vanilla Chai as much as I do and it makes a regular rotation in your summer drink line up!
What Do I Need to Make an Easy Iced Vanilla Chai?
- Chai Tea: I use chai tea bags in this recipe for ease and convenience! I use Stash Chai Tea. It has a deep, rich, true chai flavor.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: This provides the sweetness and a creamy consistency.
- Vanilla Extract: provides the “vanilla” in “Iced Vanilla Chai”
- Half and Half: Just a little bit to top it off and make it extra creamy.
- Boiling Water and Ice Cubes: Hot water and frozen water. Seems strange, but go with it.
What Do I Do With Extra Sweetened Condensed Milk?
Since this recipe calls for a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, you’re probably asking yourself what to do with the rest! Well, first of all you’re going to want to pour it out of the can into an airtight container. You’re going to keep it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks maximum. I find keeping things in the can in the fridge causes earlier spoilage and sometimes “tastes like can” if you know what I mean.
Some things you can do with your stored sweetened condensed milk include:
- Make yourself an Iced Vanilla Chai every day of the week!
- Use it in cold brew or iced coffee as a sweetener.
- Drizzle it over bread pudding.
- Drizzle it over waffles or pancakes.
- Eat it with a spoon and hide the can.
However you choose to use your sweetened condensed milk, there will be no judgement from me. I do all of the above (especially the last one ;-)).
Easy Iced Vanilla Chai
- 1 Chai Tea Bag
- 1 1/2 cups Boiling water
- 3 tbsp. Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Ice Cubes for serving
- 1/4 cup Half and Half or Heavy Cream
- Add the Chai tea bag to a large mug or a heatproof liquid measuring cupatproof liquid measuring cup.
- Allow the boiling water to cool down just slightly (about 1 minute) before pouring it over the chai tea bag. Ensure the tea bag is fully submerged and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to the bottom of a quart sized mason jar (or a tumbler that holds up to 4 cups of liquid).
- Once the tea has finished steeping, remove the tea bag and pour about 1/3 of a cup over the sweetened condensed milk and stir well.
- Fill the quart sized mason jar with ice cubes and pour the hot tea over the ice cubes. Stir well to combine.
- Add half and half or heavy cream for extra decadence (I highly recommend this step!).