Orange Chai Iced Tea will make your summer cool and sweet. There isn’t a more classic way to relax with friends on a hot day.
You’re going to love the flavors in this Orange Chai Iced Tea. It’s homemade, lightly spiced and served with a generous amount of ice and fresh orange wedges.
This week I’m in Miami and it is HOT HOT HOT! It’s a mix of pleasure and work here as I bask in the scorching Florida sun.
I’ve traded one hot place for another, as the Memorial Day weekend was scorching at home too. But just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean I can stay inside. My summer is already packed with gardening, home improvement projects, and luckily, travel!
Summers are meant to be busy, but when the thermometer soars, you have to take breaks to cool down. That’s when I start to crave iced tea drinks like our peach tea mint julep and skinny iced tea cocktail. But sometimes you want something nonalcoholic that you can enjoy midday.
Poolside cocktails are fabulous but I’m really craving another glass of this spiced iced tea. This orange chai iced tea recipe is my new favorite beverage.
This is a from scratch type of recipe, so instead of using a premade chai tea mix, we combine the spices ourselves. Fresh orange zest and ginger are steeped with dried cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom and black tea.
Then we add sugar. I like mine a bit sweet because I grew up drinking sweet tea. Ironically, Kevin grew up a little further south than me, but is used to unsweetened tea so he likes to go light on the sugar. So, as you make the recipe, the amount of sugar you add is up to you.
But I’m sure we can all agree that iced tea should be served over a generous amount of ice! Add a squeeze of fresh orange juice and you have a summer treat!
Sometimes, I’ll make this chai iced tea even more posh by using my favorite vintage glassware. There’s just something romantic and old fashioned about iced tea that deserves a little tongue in cheek grandeur.
But the glasses just take you part of the way. Garnishing this iced tea with a fresh sprig of mint from the garden and a cinnamon stick take you all the way to la tea da! Get what I did there?
This summer if you’re at home resting, bathed in the shade of a porch, do make yourself a pitcher of this orange chai iced tea.
But this tea is too good to drink alone. Invite your friends over and and share a moment of vintage hospitality!
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 6 cloves whole
- 6 cardamom pods
- 3 TB fresh ginger chopped
- 2 tsp whole black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 cup turbinado sugar
- zest of 2 oranges
- 8 cups water
- 8 black tea bags
- Cinnamon sticks
- Orange wedges
Place spices in a large pot and crush them a little bit with a spoon or muddler.
Add water, zest and sugar and bring to a boil.
- Boil for about a minute and then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Allow the spices to steep for about 10 minutes and then add tea bags and turn off the heat.
- Steep the tea bags for about 3-4 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and strain tea through a fine mesh sieve or a reusable coffee filter.
- Serve over ice with fresh mint and orange wedges.
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