This recipe is made with an instant masala chai concentrate (or powdered chai tea) so it really is an 'instant' coffee drink. All you need to do is mix the powdered tea with milk and ice, maybe add a little chocolate syrup. That's it, you're done!
You can choose to serve the milky tea over ice or blend it into a creamy smoothie. Either way, a smooth, frosty drink will be ready in just a matter of minutes.
- 1 1/2 cups ice (roughly 12 to 15 ice cubes)
- 1 cup masala chai concentrate
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1-2 teaspoon good quality chocolate or white chocolate syrup (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients.
- Stir well or blend in a blender until smooth.
Tip: Powders can be tricky in the blender and it's best to add the ice, then the powder tea, then the liquid ingredients. This prevents any clumping issues that the blender blades may not be able to reach.
Masala Chai Tea Recommendations
Real, made-from-scratch masala chai tea is always your best option for an authentic chai experience.
However, that is not the case in recipes like this latte. In fact, we want you to buy a concentrated, powdered version of the tea.
These are often called 'instant masala chai tea' or 'concentrate masala chai tea.' This form is different from loose-leaf or tea bag masala chai because it is a powdered, just-add-milk version of the tea. It is, essentially, the instant coffee of masala chai.
While many masala chai fans look down on these powdered teas, there are some very good options available. Among our favorites are:
- Rishi Tea's Masala Chai Tea Concentrate - Rishi specializes in masala chai, but they focus on loose-leaf and bagged teas. Don't get those confused with the concentrate.
- Oregon Chai - This company specializes in instant chai concentrates. They regularly offer a variety of flavors, including sugar- and caffeine-free versions.
The Masala Chai Simple Syrup Alternative
There is an easy, homemade alternative to chai concentrates. It is a chai-flavored simple syrup and it is easy to make if you have the spices. There is no tea in this recipe, so it is a caffeine-free syrup that simply has the spices found in masala chai and it is useful in a variety of drinks.
If you enjoy chai lattes on a regular basis, this would be an excellent syrup to keep in the refrigerator. It has an incredibly long shelf life of about six months.