“Dirty” Iced Chai


Dirty Iced Chai- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

The weather has definitely heated up in the Central Valley. When the temperature jumps over 100 degrees there is no doubt that summer is here to stay for the next few months. What better way to beat the heat than a delicious cold beverage?

If you couldn’t already guess I really enjoy hot and cold drinks. I guess you could call it my “thing”. This delightful cool drink is the perfect marriage of my two favourite drinks, tea and coffee. Really how can it get much better than that?

This iced chai starts out unassuming but then the spicy tea is laced with espresso (hence the “dirty”), raw cream, and touch of maple syrup. Be still my heart it. is. amazing!

Dirty Chai

I like to keep a jar of chai concentrate in the fridge (and on the rare occasion I remember a jar of cold brew coffee), making this iced drink easy to whip up. I normally make espresso in the morning in my stove-top percolator, so I tend to use the coffee left over for my iced “dirty’ chai. If you don’t have raw cream you can use low-vat or pasteurized cream from the store (I avoid ultra-pasteurized), coconut milk or almond milk. If you want to make this sugar-free try using stevia drops in place of the maple syrup.

For an added coffee flavor replace your regular ice cubes with coffee ice cubes!

Other Cold Drinks to Enjoy:

*This is similar to the percolator that I use. Mine was from IKEA, which is really the better price but it gives you an idea of what to look for.

"Dirty" Chai Tea
  1. Add your desired amount of ice to a cup. Pour the espresso, chai, water, maple syrup, and vanilla extract over the ice. Stir to mix. Gently pour in the cream or milk of your choice.

 What is your favourite cold drink?

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. This sounds good! I love chai tea, not big on coffee, but Iike flavored coffee. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am really an iced coffee fan!! I do love a chai though! I’m going to have to try this recipe. I noticed the coffee ice cubes at the end. I really need to make some of them. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      I LOVE my coffee ice cubes! Sometimes I forgo the espresso and just use the coffee cubes.

  3. Love this! My favorite go-to cold drink has been iced caramel coffee but I love Chai tea!!! So I will have to give this recipe a go!! 😀

    Thanks for sharing! Xx


  4. Lou Liese says:

    How do you go about making the ‘two shots of espresso’ for the dirty chai tea? Do you use espresso powder?

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      I use a percolator with fresh ground coffee. The link to one similar to the one I use is in the post. I’ll share it here as well. http://amzn.to/1MnDA2c If you live near an IKEA the price is MUCH better. 😉


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