Iced Chai Tea

Photographer: Kurt
makes 6 large or 12 small glasses

With similar colour properties to cola-cola you could be forgiven for turning your nose up at the attractiveness of this drink, however what it lacks in aesthetic value it most certainly makes up for in flavour and refreshment.

I do love a proper cup of tea, particularly if it is loose leaf tea which has been made in a tea pot, it seems like so much more care and attention has gone into the drink, although I much prefer cool drinks in the summer – hence this recipe. I think though, the next time I make this Iced Chai, I will serve it in a tea pot in keeping with my favourite custom.

This is my last post before Christmas, so I would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


8 heaped tbsp good quality loose leaf Chai tea
3 cups boiling water
2 cinnamon sticks
Juice and zest from 2 lemons
Juice and zest from 1 lime
Juice from 1 orange
juice from half a grapefruit
up to 1L club soda (to taste)
Up to 1/4 cup sugar (to taste)

Iced cubes (preferably crushed)
Fresh basil leaves to decorate


1. Place all the tea, cinnamon sticks and hot water into a bowl and cover for 20-30 minutes (this will create a very concentrated tea, which will be diluted at a later point)/
2. Meanwhile zest and juice the lemon and add the lime, orange and grapefruit juice to a large bowl.
3. Once the tea has cooled, strain through a sieve and add to the citrus juice. If this is being made in advance refrigerate until 10 minutes before required, then continue with step 4.
4. Start pouring in the club soda – From 500ml I would recommend to start tasting occasionally to get a strength you are happy with.
5. Add the sugar – to taste.
6. Add the ice cubes to the glasses and pour in the tea; decorate with fresh basil leaves