Iced Chai Latte

Our Chai Latte recipe is made with simple warming spices and your favorite milk. Serve this comforting tea latte hot or iced for a pick-me-up any time of the day!

Top down view of iced latte with frothed milk and cinnamon.

As much as we love coffee, sometimes we need to switch it up a bit and chai tea offers the right amount of change. It has a bit of a kick from ginger as well as warming flavors from cardamom and cloves. 

This drink makes a great latte when mixed with milk and sweetened with a bit of sugar!

Chai tea latte is the perfect addition to your morning routine or great for when you need a midday drink that’s creamy, flavorful, and easy to make!

What’s a Chai Latte?

It’s a creamy drink made with classic chai spices, black tea, and frothed milk.

Ingredients for Spiced Chai Latte

  • Fresh Ginger – Gives the chai tea a natural spicy kick that will awaken you. 
  • Cardamom Seeds – Adds a level of bold spice. 
  • Whole Cloves – This spice is slightly spicy and bitter and pairs well with the other ingredients. 
  • Cinnamon Stick – Adds a sweet and warm cinnamon flavor to the tea. 
  • Black Tea – Brings all the flavors together with classic black tea flavor and a bit of caffeine. 
  • Water – Used to steep the black tea and seasonings. 
  • Milk – Added to the finished tea to turn it into a latte. 
  • Granulated Sugar – Sweetens up the tea. Use as little or as much as you like.
Top down view of ingredients needed for chai latte.

How To Make A Chai Latte From Scratch

This comforting tea is very simple to make right at home. Simply steep the black tea with spices and cinnamon. Once cooled, pour in your favorite milk and a touch of sugar for sweetness. 

  1. Contain the spices: In a metal tea ball or a tea filter bag, add the fresh ginger, cardamom, and cloves. This will help keep them together when steeping. 
  2. Boil the water: In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, remove it from the heat.
Top down view of an open tea ball with chai latte ingredients.
Top down view of ingredients for spiced tea in a pan.
  1. Steep the ingredients: To the hot water, add the black tea bag, and cinnamon stick, as well as, the metal spice ball. Stir together and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Assemble the chai latte: After the tea steeps, remove the ingredients and stir in the milk. You can also use an immersion blender or stick blender to froth the milk while it’s hot.
  3. Serve hot or over ice with a dash of ground cinnamon. 
Top down view of spiced tea in a pan.
Top down view of milk being frothed in a pan.

Tips for Your Chai Tea Latte

  • Don’t steep too long. The black tea can start to give off a bitter taste if it sits too long in the hot water. I recommend 5 minutes for the best flavor.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, try adding the tea and the milk to a mason jar with a lid, then shaking until frothy. Make sure it cools a bit first and be careful when you open the lid.
  • Let it cool slightly before adding ice. If it’s still boiling hot, the liquid will just melt the ice and your chai latte will be watery. Let it cool slightly for the best results.
  • Swap the sweetener. This recipe works great with honey, maple syrup, agave, light brown sugar, or even coconut sugar or lavender simple syrup. Just use your favorite.


  • Dirty: Make a dirty chai latte with an extra dose of caffeine with a shot or two of espresso.
  • Hot: I love this latte iced, but you can totally skip the cooling/icing step and just serve it hot.
  • Decaf: You can easily make this recipe caffeine-free with decaf black tea bags.
Tall glass of chai latte with cinnamon sticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there coffee in a chai latte?

Nope! Traditionally, it’s made with just black tea. Over the years, people have been adding coffee or a shot of espresso to bump up the caffeine which is often called a dirty chai latte. 

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Glass of chai latte with frothed milk and cinnamon sticks.

Iced Chai Latte

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


  • 1 slice fresh ginger
  • 2 fresh cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black tea bag, single serving
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or more to taste


  • Add the ginger, cardamom, and cloves to a metal tea ball or a tea filter bag and set aside.
    1 slice fresh ginger
    2 fresh cardamom pods
    2 whole cloves
  • Boil two cups of water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat.
    2 cups water
  • Add the metal tea ball or tea filter bag, cinnamon stick and black tea bag to the pan. Stir, then let it steep, about 5 minutes.
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 black tea bag
  • Remove the tea ball, cinnamon stick and tea bag from the tea. Stir in the milk and sugar, then use an immersion blender to froth the milk while it’s still hot.
    1 cup milk
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Serve as is or pour over ice, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon if desired.
  • See post for tips and variations.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (12-ounce) drink. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 12ouncesCalories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 203IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 188mgIron: 0.5mg
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