Iced Chai Saffron Latte

July 16, 2018mayurisjikoni



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What is tea? Tea is the young leaves and buds picked from an evergreen shrub called camellia sinensis. All the different kinds of teas we know come from a specific species of camellia sinensis.

There are so many varieties of tea out there that its gets really confusing which one is the best. I say the one that you like, is the best. Tea in many countries is a serious affair. Tea originates from Southwest China where is was consumed  for medicinal purposes. It became popular as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th Century.

Its during the 18th Century that the United Kingdom became great tea drinkers. The British Empire is instrumental in spreading tea from China to India. However, some historians indicate that the famous sanjeevani tea plant may have been the first record of tea in India.

Tea in different parts of the world are consumed in different manners. In most countries where tea is consumed, its not something that one has when in a hurry. Enjoying tea is a tradition in most of these countries. One relaxes over a cup of tea. Take the famous English Tea which is suppose to be enjoyed over a length of time with some biscuits, scones, quaint sandwiches etc. Most Kenyans enjoy a cuppa with mahamri or chappati in the morning. Most Indians will enjoy a cup or sweet spicy tea with some savory snack. Chinese and Japanese enjoy small cups of green tea with a meal or and after. If in Morocco, you’ll surely be greeted with a sweet or still sweeter tea which is made from gunpowder tea and mint. No don’t worry there is no gunpowder in it, its just the name of a special Chinese green tea.If in Russia, you’ll be served with a pot of strong tea and a cake.

There are so many ways of enjoying tea. Some just brew tea leaves and have it with some lemon and natural sweetener added, some brew the tea and let it brew some more with milk, like the Indians, some add a few drops of milk on top of the brewed tea like the British, some prefer herbal teas which may not have a leaf of green or black tea. Some may add a drop or two of alcohol to ward off the cold, or add a dollop of butter as in cold places one definitely needs the extra fat.

A few years ago one had not heard of tea houses, tea cafes or tea bars. Rooibos, Earl grey, Oolong, Green Tea, matcha, white tea, herbal tea, yellow tea, tisanes were all foreign words to me. Some different concoction of spices and turmeric given to us as kids to ward off ailments was just some yucky medicine and not Ayurvedic tea. Besides the normal black tea that everyone consumed at home, the only other tea I knew of was what my grandmother would call ‘Ukado’ which is a Gujarati word for spiced milky tea without any tea leaves. My first taste of green tea was during my earlier visit to UK. When the weather had turned a bit cold in the evening and my cousin brought out a huge box of different flavored green tea.Wasn’t even sure what it was, my brother chose camomile  so I chose mint. Was I surprised when she came back to the living room with a tray full of hot water with hues of green in mugs. That was green tea meet Mayuri moment. I loved the taste and next day asked my sister in law if she had any green tea in her pantry. After that there has been no looking back.

I’m a huge fan of all sorts of tea. My day has to begin with a hot mug of tea. I usually let the tea brew and add a few drops of milk. When I want to enjoy Indian breakfast then the tea has to be the typical Indian kadak chai which is tea brewed with tea masala (a blend of spices), fresh grated ginger, sugar and milk. Kadak chai and tikhi puri…yummmy.

When Veena who blogs at Veena’s Vegnation decided types of tea as our #153rd theme, I nearly missed it as I had gone to Halifax. Got back last night and was in no state to make tea. Then I realized that since I’m in Montreal I can take the advantage of the Eastern Time and still make my tea. As I type its already midnight in India and another 2½ hours time it will be midnight in Kenya.

Since the heat wave is still on here in Montreal and many parts of Canada, I was sure that my tea preparation would be a cold one. I now have enough different iced tea recipes on my blog. As I was thinking what to make I remembered iced tea latte. My first taste of what the Western world likes to call as Chai Tea Latte was at Starbucks in Montreal. Chai is tea so I really don’t know why they like to call it tea tea latte! What they really mean when they use the word chai its the tea masala or spice blend for tea. Chai ice cream is to die for but we’ll probably come to that at some other time. Chai latte can be served hot or cold. To serve it hot make up the milky tea and then add frothed milk or cream on top. Before I have die hard coffee drinkers on my back for using the word latte, it originally means an expresso served with hot steamed milk. To take care of tea lovers tea latte came into existence where most coffee places will serve a spicy milky tea with steamed milk as an alternate.

Since I didn’t have any tea masala here I decided to brew the whole spices in water first. I’m glad I used whole spices as the latte would have become spicy if I’d added the tea masala to it.As a cooling beverage the spice taste has to be subtle and not too hot for the tummy.

iced chai saffron frappe 2

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spices and tea brewing

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iced chai saffron frappe 3


Serves 4

3- 3½ cups water

1 cup milk ( any milk of your choice)

2 one inch cinnamon sticks

4-6 cloves

4 cardamoms, slightly crushed (I used a rolling pin)

8-10 peppercorns

a generous pinch of nutmeg powder

¼ tsp saffron

2-3 tsp black tea leaves (or 3 teabags)

4-6 tsp sugar or a sweetener of your choice

some whipped cream (optional)

ice cubes

  1. Add water and cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns in a saucepan and bring it to boil over medium heat.
  2. Let the water simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. This allows the oils and flavors of the spices to infuse into the water.
  3. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. Add the nutmeg powder, sugar, tea leaves and saffron. Cover the pan or teapot and let the tea and saffron infuse for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Strain the tea mixture. At this stage you can store the tea in the fridge till required.
  6. For each serving take ¾ cup of the brewed tea and add ¼ cup cold milk. Mix well.
  7. Pour the chai or tea over some ice cubes. Top with some whipped cream and serve immediately.
  8. To make a healthier version, you can omit the whipped cream.



  • To serve hot chai latte, heat the milk before adding it to the hot brewed and strained tea. Can top it with some frothed milk or cream.
  • This chai mixture tastes really good when served with loads of ice without any milk or cream as a cooling beverage.
  • Adjust the amount of spices used according to your taste.
  • Store the brewed tea mixture without adding milk or cream in the fridge till required.
  • The amount of tea required will depend on the kind or brand of tea you use. I used Kericho Gold tea (not paid to advertise their products) which is quite a strong tea.


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You may want to check out the following tea preparations:

blueberry iced tea
kashmiri kahwa 4
Kashmiri Tea
orange iced tea
water melon iced tea


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  • poonampagar

    July 17, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Never added saffron in a tea ..this one sounds interesting and flavorful di..the cream on top of the latte looks so inviting !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Poonam, a little saffron adds so much flavor, try it.

  • The Girl Next Door

    July 17, 2018 at 5:28 am

    The tea looks so inviting! 🙂 Beautiful share for the theme!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

  • Sujata Roy

    July 17, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Chai latte looks so inviting. Never tried before because I don’t like milk tea but now I have to try. Your pictures tempted me a lot.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Sujata, you can control the amount of milk you add.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    July 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I just came to say that I loved this iced chai latte! I am not a fan of the chai latte in coffee outlets, I would rather have their coffee! Hehe… I make it strong, so I feel it too milky to my liking. But once in a while, I enjoy the iced black tea lemonade or similar ones… I totally love the way the drink has turned out. I wish I had milk in my macros to try it almost immediately. It is so hot here and I am sure this would be an amazing treat… Chai ice cream and chai cake have been in my agenda ever since I started baking, but with my diet on, I guess it waits for its chance… 😉

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 17, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much Rafeeda, its such a delight when one stops to read and comment on my posts. I must admit the homemade version was way better than the one I had at Starbucks. Theirs was too sweet. My son enjoyed the chai saffron tea without the milk, just added lots of ice to it. I’ve made a cake with tea and tea masala in it and also a bread, both are so delicious. The ice cream too is on my list.

  • afoodiehousewife

    July 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Iced chai latte looks scrumptious to beat the summer vibes. I will chug the glass down straight away!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:04 am

      Thanks Mallika.

  • Veena Krishnakumar

    July 18, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Mayuri the clicks are awesome especially the lattte one. Loved the idea of using Saffron…must try this sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:03 am

      Thanks Veena.

  • Preethi Prasad

    July 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Addition of saffron sounds interesting. I am yet to try Chai latte that has gained so much popularity these days. I would love to try your version. Home made is always the best.Superb share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2018 at 4:02 am

      Thanks Preethi, do try it out, its delicious.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    July 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I can imagine how flavourful this tea must be .. will try it sometime soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Shobha.

  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    July 31, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Loved to read the facts about tea and your comment when green tea meets Mayuri. Loved the way you narrated it. I would say if you omit the milk it becomes a very healthy beverage and is very good during cough , cold or body pain. I will love to try this with milk.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Renu, yes without milk and hot it would be good to ward off colds, flus and coughs.

  • Malini

    July 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Iced chai latte is so inviting. Never added saffron in tea. It looks so flavorful and refreshing. Best chai for summer 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Malini, since this is cold tea, the saffron taste comes out well.

  • Sandhya

    July 31, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Loved your write up about the history of tea and how it is to be enjoyed. Great photos and recipe as well, Mayuri!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

  • Lathiya

    July 31, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    This is what I exactly want right now here..looks absolutely yummy

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Lathiya.

  • Jolly

    August 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Iced chai latte looks inviting and perfect for the summer vibes. I love the addition of saffron in a latte. Loved ur small cute kettle 😊

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly.

  • Mildly Indian

    August 2, 2018 at 4:39 am

    I love lattes made from the start, than the ones that come in a box. I am surely going to try this one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:06 am

      This definitely tasted so much better for sure. Now I don’t like the ones that come out of the box. Find them too sweet.

  • Vidya Narayan

    August 2, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Firstly I loved reading about the tea varieties, accompaniments etc which is so interesting. Glad the ingredients you chose gave the best possible outcome for the respite from the heat wave. All the ingredients chosen for the refreshing tea are healthy and have cooling effects to the body. Also, kudos for taking part in the blog hop inspite of your excess travel and time zone differences. Delivering the best under pressure Mayuriji – Love that spirit! Cheers karein with that gorgeous iced latte.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Thank you so much Vidya.

  • Maria

    August 2, 2018 at 9:27 am

    What a splendid way to get morning/evening caffeine boost in this hot weather! I can imagine slurping this very flavourful and aromatic tea, sitting on my front porch, feeling all relaxed.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:04 am

      It sure is Maria, that’s how I was enjoying my morning tea in the heat wave.

  • jayashreetrao

    August 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    This looks like a refreshimnhg and good one Mayuri ! Loved all the flavours infused in it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Thanks Jayashree.

  • code2cook

    August 3, 2018 at 6:44 am

    wow superb recipe for iced tea. I have never tried saffron in tea. Having whipped cream topping will take this iced tea to another level. I am bookmarking this gonna try in this weekend, we are planning a barbecue party.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:02 am

      Thanks and please let me know whether you liked it or not.

  • Jagruti

    August 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely combination of different flavours! This drink is so perfect for the summer, it looks great!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:01 am

      It definitely was a very cooling and comforting way to enjoy tea in the heat.

  • cookingwithsapana

    August 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I love reading your posts Mayuri, keep writing with your amazing sense of humor. Between the saffron infusion sounds divine in the tea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Thank you so much Sapana, love it when a reader appreciates what I write.

  • Saswati

    August 4, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Whipped cream with saffron tea sounds really nice…worth a try for sure.

  • Mina Joshi

    April 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    This is my kind of a tea with all the right spices. I like the idea of serving it cold topped with some whipped cream.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Mina, its such a cooling drink for hot days.

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