I know it’s getting cooler in most of the country, but it’s still hot in South Florida. I’m still craving cold drinks because of the heat, but I also want to get into the Fall spirit. This spiced iced tea sounded like it would fulfill both of my cravings. That, and the Chocolate Chai Tea Cupcakes I made earlier this week have chai on my mind!
What do you do when its too hot but you are craving some masala chai. Make Iced Masala Chai! And then since you are a blogger, you amp it up with turmeric milk to make Turmeric Iced Tea ;).
This recipe has a lot of options both in what ingredients to use and the quantity. I went with the maximum amount for the chai spice tea:
- 3 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons of loose tea
- 2 tablespoons of regular sugar
And for the turmeric milk:
- Coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- Regular sugar
Don’t have chai spice on hand? You probably have the ingredients. I used the DIY Chai Spice Mix recipe at Fit Foodie Finds.
Making this tea has 3 major steps: brewing the tea, making the turmeric milk, then combining the two for the finished drink.
The chai tea was very quick and easily strained with a mesh colander. I did notice some fine sediment in the bottom of the pitcher, and it made the tea a little cloudy when stirred. Lining the colander with cheesecloth would probably keep the sediment out. This step took 8 1/2 minutes.
The turmeric milk was even easier to make. I took the author’s advice and heated the coconut milk to better incorporate the spices. I already had to chill the tea, so chilling the milk with it wasn’t going to take any longer. This step took 5 minutes.
Finally, mixing the two together to make the finished drink produced the lovely yellow swirls you see in the picture. I did give it a stir before I drank it to blend the flavors.
A Personal Note About Turmeric
Not only do I enjoy the taste of turmeric, but I also eat it for the health benefits. It’s one of several ways I treat inflammation, and probably the most enjoyable! Turmeric is an amazing herb that also offers many other benefits explained in this article. It turns out I have been using turmeric to treat several issues without realizing it 🙂 I hope you find it as informative as I did!