July 17, 2015

stretch-your-dollar iced chai latte

I take a lot of walks with the baby these days.  It's a nice part of our day that I really enjoy.  I like to have an iced chai latte while we're on our walks to keep cool on these hot sunny days we're having.  But I found that the iced chai lattes at places like Starbucks and Aroma had a few drawbacks.  First, they each cost around $4-5 which really adds up if you have one almost every day.  Second, they have caffeine which I'm trying to limit.

Then, I found this package of caffeine-free Oprah chai at Starbucks and I had an idea.  The package of tea cost about $14.  I also got myself a reusable cup with a straw. With the recipe below, I made about 5 cups of chai tea syrup.  That syrup gave me approximately 20 iced chai lattes that I sipped in my reusable cup.  A huge savings over the $5 a pop I would have spent, plus it was caffeine-free!

Here's the recipe!

For the syrup:
1 package of Oprah caffeine-free chai
5 cups of water
3/4 cups of sugar

Place the entire contents of the Oprah chai into a pot with the water and bring to a boil.  Then simmer on low for about 25 minutes.  Using a strainer or cheese cloth, strain the liquid from the loose leaf tea.  While the liquid is still hot, add the sugar and stir until it is fully dissolved.  Keep the syrup in a container (I used an old mason jar) in the fridge.

For the iced chai:
In a large cup, stir 1 part of the chai syrup above with 1 part water and 4 parts milk.  You can adjust this depending on how sweet/chai-ish/milky you like your drink.  Add as much ice as you like (I usually put about 3-4 ice cubes) and enjoy!


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