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Iced Brown Sugar Chai Milk Tea

This iced brown sugar chai milk tea is perfectly spiced, light and creamy, and rivals any coffee shop chai tea! Learn how to make this iced chai at home with a handful of ingredients in under an hour.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 122kcal


Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Chai Milk Tea

  • 1 tablespoon whole cardamom
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2-3 small slices unpeeled fresh ginger
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk ( whole, 2%, skim, oat milk, or almond milk all work!)


Brown Sugar Syrup

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir brown sugar and water together and let cook several minutes until sugar is dissolved and syrup is smooth. Cool syrup and store in fridge. (up to 6 days)

Chai Milk Tea

  • In a small bowl or with a mortar and pestle, crush cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns together until lightly crushed. Place spices in a small saucepan over medium heat and lightly toast 3-5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add ginger and water to toasted spices and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer 20 minutes to allow spices to meld.
  • Remove pan from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep an additional 5 minutes or to desired tea strength.
  • Strain the tea through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter or cheesecloth and discard solids. Stir several tablespoons of brown sugar syrup to taste into tea while still warm. Add vanilla and allow tea to cool completely in fridge.
  • Place milk in a high-speed blender and blend 15-30 seconds until foamy. Alternatively, place milk in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously 30-60 seconds.
  • Fill 4 glasses with ice and divide chilled chai tea between glasses. Top with foamed milk and stir with spoon to combine. Serve iced chai immediately and enjoy!


Brewed chai tea (without added milk) may be stored in refrigerator up to 6 days.


Serving: 12oz | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.9g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 2.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 17.5g | Calcium: 166mg