Despite the inescapable few rainy days, this summer has turned out to be quite hot. (I don’t talk about the weather this much in person, honestly!) And when temperatures soar, what is more inviting than a cup of sweet, icy chai?
Masala chai is an Indian sweet tea infused with a blend of spices such as cardamom, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg, which is called chai masala. I get my chai masala from here.
I love enjoying this drink with my aunt’s homemade nankhatai, which are round biscuits made with semolina. Traditionally, masala chai is made in a large pot over the stove: milk, water, tea leaves, chai masala and LOTS of sugar are brewed together and enjoyed hot. However, I have put an icy twist on this classic drink and the preparation is very easy!
The first step is to fill a mug about halfway with boiling water. Then add the tea leaves, masala, and sugar. And now we wait for about half an hour. Read a book, make some energy bites, or just relax and wait for the delicious sugar and spices to infuse into the water.
Once 30 minutes have passed, put some ice in a serving glass/jar. Not too much, as the melting ice will weaken the flavour of the chai. Then strain the infused water into the jar.
Next, add the milk. I like to add quite a lot to make the chai nice and creamy. I also add a splash of vanilla extract at this stage because well, vanilla makes everything better.
And that is it! Easy iced chai which will keep you cool all summer long! You could enjoy this with friends in the garden, or at breakfast, or prepare a large batch of this and leave it in the fridge for iced chai on demand.
Iced Masala Chai
Time: 35 minutes (only 5 minutes active though!)
You will need:
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 teaspoons tea leaves
- 3/4 teaspoon chai masala (available here)
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- about 1 cup milk
- a splash of vanilla extract
- Ice, to serve
- Add the boiling water, tea leaves, chai masala and sugar into a mug. Leave to steep for 30 minutes
- Strain the tea over ice in a serving glass. Add the vanilla and top up with milk. Serve.