Monday, August 12, 2013

hot days, cold drinks: coconut iced chai

i love the decadent richness of coconut milk.  adding coconut milk to any dish or drink is sure to take it up a few notches in taste.  that is why i love the combination of coconut milk and chai tea.  this recipe tastes like it should cost $5.00 at a coffee shop (and they could easily charge that much) but you can make it at home for less than $1.00 (even if you are using organic ingredients!).

for this recipe, i use loose leaf chai tea blend of rooibos and tulsi herbal teas.  i am starting to move towards loose leaf teas because they are less expensive per pound than bagged tea, and create less waste.  almost any chai tea should work for this: black, green or herbal, bagged or loose-leaf.  sometimes i make a double batch of tea for breakfast and drink half with breakfast and save the other half for an afternoon iced chai!

Chai Latte at Chinatown Coffee

coconut iced chai 

1 cup of strong brewed chai tea, cooled
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
5-8 drops of stevia (more or less to taste)

1.  stir together the tea, coconut milk and stevia.  pour over ice and enjoy!

click here for the next recipe in the series: sun tea

photo credit: Mr. T in DC on flickr

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