If you know me, you know that I like tea (especially loose leaf Earl Grey). I drink a whole pot myself sometimes in the winter. Well, now that summer is here, I have been experimenting with cold tea after having a scrumptious cup of Vanilla Chai Frappe at McDonalds a few weeks ago. Here is the recipe that has had the best success.
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan.
Add 4 bags chocolaty chai and simmer for 2-4 minutes. Remove the teabags and add in
- 2 cups milk (I made it with powdered and it tasted fine)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 heaping Tbsp honey
- ¼- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ - ½ tsp ground ginger
Simmer a few minutes and then remove from heat. Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours (I left it overnight).
Put 6-7 ice cubes in the blender, add 1 Tbsp sugar if desired, and pour tea in to cover the ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve with straws. Enjoy!
Variations: Instead of chocolaty chai, make tea with 4 bags regular tea (or equivilent loose leaf) and add in more ginger, cinnamon, and either cardamom, allspice, or cloves. If you use fresh ginger root and a cinnamon stick it is even better.