Iced Chai Saffron Latte
THEME: TYPES OF TEA
RECIPE: ICED CHAI SAFFRON LATTE
Iced Chai Saffron Latte is a spicy, flavourful, cooling tea drink that is ideal to beat the summer heat. Enjoy it with some whipped cream or without it.
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.
Where Does Originate From?
There are so many varieties of tea out there that it gets really confusing which one is the best. I say the one that you like, is the best. In fact, tea in many countries is a serious affair. Actually, 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.
It is 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.
Some Tea Traditions
In different parts of the world, tea is consumed in different manners. Tea consummation in most countries is not a hurried affair. It is savoured slowly. 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.
- In India, enjoy a cup of sweet spicy tea with some savoury 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.
Different Ways To Make Tea
There are so many ways of enjoying tea.
- Brew tea leaves in water, add lemon and a natural sweetener like honey and enjoy.
- Indian Tea. Loose tea leaves are allowed to boil in water and then milk, sugar and tea masala are added. This mixture is allowed to boil and simmer.
- English Tea – hot water is poured over a tea bag. It is allowed to brew for a while. The tea bag is removed. Little milk and sugar are added and tea is ready.
- To get relief from colds and sore throats, butter is added to hot tea. Some like to add a little milk or no milk at all.
- In colder parts of the world some kind of fat is added to tea. It provides energy and keeps one warm.
- Green Tea is brewed in hot water and enjoyed. No milk is added to green tea.
Different Types Of Teas
Actually, a few years ago I 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.
Some Tea Recipes On My Blog:
I love Kashmiri Tea/Kahwa when I need some relief from a cold or sore throat.
Green Tea Moment
Interestingly, my first taste of green tea was during my earlier visit to UK. When the weather had turned a bit cold in the evening, my cousin brought out a huge box of different flavoured green tea. Wasn’t even sure what it was. My brother suggested I try mint. Indeed, I was surprised when she came back to the living room with a tray full of hot water with hues of green in several mugs. That was ‘Green Tea meet Mayuri ‘moment. Instantly, 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.
Tea And Me
Undoubtedly, I’m a huge fan of all sorts of tea. Certainly, my day has to begin with a hot mug of tea. I usually let the tea brew and add a few drops of milk. To enjoy tea with Indian breakfast the tea has to be the typical Indian kadak chai. The tea leaves are brewed with tea masala (a blend of spices), fresh grated ginger, sugar and milk. Kadak chai and tikhi puri…absolutely yummy and perfect Sunday brunch option.
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. Imediately thought of making Iced Chai Latte which I had enjoyed at Starbucks. Actually, made mine a bit different by using real spices and saffron. In fact this tea latte can be enjoyed hot or cold. To serve it hot make up the milky tea and then add frothed milk or cream on top.
Iced Chai Saffron Latte
Since the heat wave is still on in Montreal and many parts of Canada, I went for the cold one. Chai is tea so I really don’t know why the Westerners 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.
What Is Tea Latte?
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.
Ingredients Required For Iced Chai Saffron Latte
- Tea – black tea either loose or tea bags. Amount of tea required will depend on how strong the tea leaves are.
- Water – normal tap or filtered water.
- Spices – cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom which is slightly crushed to open up the pods, saffron and nutmeg powder. Add spices according to your taste.
- Milk – cold milk. If you want to enjoy the latte hot then you will need hot milk.
- Sweetener – I have used sugar. You can replace the sugar with stevia, honey, maple syrup or any other sweetener.
- Whipped Cream – optional. But tastes so good with it.
- Ice Cubes – if you want to enjoy a chilled tea latte.
ICED CHAI SAFFRON LATTE
- 3½ cups water
- 1 cup cold milk any milk of your choice
- 2 1 inch cinnamon sticks
- 4-6 cloves
- 4 cardamoms slightly crushed
- 8-10 peppercorns
- ⅛ tsp 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
BREW THE SPICES
- Add water, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and peppercorns in a saucepan and bring it to boil over medium heat.
- Let the water simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. This allows the oils and flavors of the spices to infuse into the water.
- Take the pan off the heat.
BREW THE TEA & SAFFRON
- 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.
COOL THE CHAI MIXTURE
- Strain the tea mixture. At this stage you can store the tea in the fridge till required.
SERVING ICED CHAI SAFFRON LATTE
- For each serving take ¾ cup of the brewed tea and add ¼ cup cold milk. Mix well.
- Pour the chai or tea over some ice cubes. Top with some whipped cream and serve immediately.
- 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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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 !
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!
July 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm
Thank you so much Priya.
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.
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… 😉
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.
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!!
July 25, 2018 at 4:04 am
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.
July 25, 2018 at 4:03 am
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.
July 25, 2018 at 4:02 am
Thanks Preethi, do try it out, its delicious.
July 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm
I can imagine how flavourful this tea must be .. will try it sometime soon.
July 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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.
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.
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 🙂
July 31, 2018 at 3:48 pm
Thanks Malini, since this is cold tea, the saffron taste comes out well.
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!
July 31, 2018 at 6:11 pm
Thank you so much Sandhya.
July 31, 2018 at 11:55 pm
This is what I exactly want right now here..looks absolutely yummy
August 1, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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 😊
August 1, 2018 at 11:44 pm
Thank you so much Jolly.
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.
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.
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.
August 6, 2018 at 12:05 am
Thank you so much Vidya.
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.
August 6, 2018 at 12:04 am
It sure is Maria, that’s how I was enjoying my morning tea in the heat wave.
August 2, 2018 at 4:17 pm
This looks like a refreshimnhg and good one Mayuri ! Loved all the flavours infused in it.
August 6, 2018 at 12:03 am
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.
August 6, 2018 at 12:02 am
Thanks and please let me know whether you liked it or not.
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!
August 6, 2018 at 12:01 am
It definitely was a very cooling and comforting way to enjoy tea in the heat.
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.
August 6, 2018 at 12:00 am
Thank you so much Sapana, love it when a reader appreciates what I write.
August 4, 2018 at 10:27 am
Whipped cream with saffron tea sounds really nice…worth a try for sure.
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.
April 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm
Thanks Mina, its such a cooling drink for hot days.
December 29, 2022 at 1:44 am
Wow, that iced chi latte was a real treat. The saffron flavour comes through so good and the latte was so soothing.
December 30, 2022 at 3:32 am
Thanks Seema, am so glad you enjoyed it.
December 29, 2022 at 5:08 am
I love the look of your iced chai latte with saffron. Adding the whipped cream to it is a great idea. Makes it look rich and creamy. I love iced tea but not tasted one with the spices you have used so this is on my list to make and try.
December 30, 2022 at 3:32 am
Thanks Mina, and enjoy the spicy version of tea latte.
December 29, 2022 at 6:51 am
Chai, I like the traditional Indian style boiled and with no masalas. Chai latte is something I have never tried basically because I think my tea and coffee are too sacred for my mad ideas. (I have to finish it all by myself). I never have enjoyed reading your post and noted all the ingredients to make this chai latte with saffron. I am definitely making some tomorrow as my 11 am drink. This yummy-sounding latte needs special attention of course.
December 30, 2022 at 3:31 am
Archana do try out the chai saffron latte, it tastes so good. You can add ready made tea masala too if you have any.