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!
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:
- Probotic Tropical Smoothie
- Chai Tea Fauxccino
- Real Food Iced Mocha
- Java Chip Fauxccino
- Vanilla Electrolyte “Soda”
*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
- 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.