By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer
Bold and spicy chai with just a hint of sweetness, it’s icy perfection mingling with creamy milk; the perfect chai latte summer style. I love tea –if you couldn’t guess – but there are some days, like today, with temps reaching over triple digits that I just can’t do it. That’s where this awesome chai tea “fauxccino” comes in. It cools you off while still giving you that rich and delicious flavor of the chai tea we know and love. If you are frappe fan you also might like this Salted Carmel Mocha Fauxccinno or this Peppermint Mocha Fauxccino.
Chai actually means “tea” in Hindi but I think at this point we are so used to calling it “Chai Tea” that I doubt that we can go back to just calling it chai. Most frappe drinks call for ice cubes, I have never liked how diluted an iced beverage would get as the ice started to melt. A new trick I have started doing is making ice cubes of strong coffee or in this case chai concentrate. It is as simple as pouring your coffee/chai into an ice tray and freezing until solid. You can also read about how to make them here. In my opinion it really ups the flavor of my fauxccinos and iced coffees.
This chai tea fauxccino is so simple to make and hits the spot on a hot day! I used my own chai concentrate to make my chai ice cubes but Kimi has a recipe using rooibos that I am sure is wonderful as well. My concentrate already has a bit of sweetener in it so if you are like me you may find that you don’t need any additional sweetener. Feel free to make your drink a bit more “fancy” by adding vanilla whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream, bittersweet chocolate syrup or salted caramel sauce). Drinking it plain is fine too and what I normally do. If you want perfect whipped cream using an (Affiliate link) ISI Whipped Cream Dispenser is very helpful and fun.
Other chai inspired recipes:
- Healing Chai Tea
- Chai Coconut Milk Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Chai Latte
- Creamy Oolong Chai Iced Tea
- Shaken Dirty Chai
- Bittersweet Chai Hot Cocoa
- Coconut Flour Chai Muffins
- 12 chai tea ice cubes (see notes above)
- 2 cups milks of choice (raw, almond or coconut)
- 2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
- whipped cream (optional)
- chocolate syrup (optional)
- salted caramel sauce (optional)
- Place the chai ice cubes, milk and sweetener into a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup if desired.
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Man, does that look good today! I recently froze concentrated chai in I’ve cubes for just this purpose, but the chai tea bags I used must not have been very good because the final result was disappointing. I’m going to try your concentrate!
Thanks! I hope it turns out better this time! It’s always sad when it doen’t.
I’m sure it was the tea I used. It wasn’t very high quality (I succumbed to a good deal). Your concentrate with whole spices looks amazing! I’m hoping to pick up the ones I don’t have while I’m visiting Houston.
This looks so good! I have chai tea from Mountain Rose. Could I use that to make the ice cubes? Or would I just make some chai tea and then blend it with these other ingredients? Thanks so much!!
You can use the chai tea you have from Mountian Rose to make your ice cubes.
This looks amazing, Katie! “Chai” is also Russian for tea. Whenever we say Chai tea, my dad always has to make a big, funny scene about it 🙂
That’s interesting to know! I need to start watching myself! 😉
OMG!!!! This looks amaaaazing. I think I am going to try it with rooibos chai (yum) and coconut whipped cream….
I hope you enjoy it!
im so excited to try this!!! but i was disappointed when i clicked on the link for the whipped cream dispenser and it to me to chocolate chip cookies. 🙁
The Gourmet Grocer
Thanks for this creamy chai recipe. And thanks for the trick! The chai ice cube is something new to me so I guess I’ll start using this idea for another beverage recipe.