Iced Vanilla Chai Latte

Come try my irresistible Iced Vanilla Chai Latte, a classic beverage made effortlessly in the comfort of your own home using real ingredients! This quick and easy recipe not only saves you money but also promises the same delectable taste as your favorite drink shop version, all whipped up in just 5 minutes! Join me in discovering the perfect balance of sweet vanilla and aromatic chai tea!

Iced vanilla chai tea latte served in a glass cup with cream being poured in.

Why I Love This Recipe

As a home cook, I’m always drawn to recipes that offer the perfect blend of simplicity and authenticity! My Iced Vanilla Chai Latte embodies just that, providing the classic taste of a Western-style chai tea latte with minimal effort and maximum flavor. Crafted with real chai tea bags, I promise this beverage delivers a comforting warmth and aromatic richness that’s hard to resist!

Just as we’ve done in my Homemade Milk Tea, Iced Matcha Latte, and Thai Iced Tea recipes, we follow the same trusted method here: steeping the chai tea, then blending it with sweetener and cream. It’s that simple! So, if simply craving a cozy pick-me-up, this recipe is tailor-made for you. Join me in embracing the comforting embrace of a homemade chai latte right now!



  • Chai Tea Bag – blended Chai Tea Bag. For a stronger chai flavor, you can brew two bags.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Vanilla Extract – concentrated flavors of Vanilla found in baking section of grocery stores.
  • Half and Half – a blend of half heavy cream and half milk. Can be purchased at grocery stores. Can also substitute with dairy-free plant-based milk option like almond milk, soy milk or oat milk for a vegan friendly recipe.
  • Ice – standard size ice cubes.
  • Whipped Cream – optional for extra creaminess.

🍵 Chai Tea Note

Consider using Chai loose leaf tea for a more authentic flavor experience.

Iced vanilla chai tea latte served in a glass cup with a mixing spoon, top down shot.


Step 1 Start by brewing your favorite chai tea bags in hot water for about 3 to 5 minutes, allowing those aromatic spices to infuse.

Chai tea tag being brewed.

🍵 Steeping Pro Tip

To prevent bitterness, Avoid Oversteeping the tea.

Step 2 Once the tea is nicely steeped, add your preferred sweetener and a touch of vanilla extract.

Ice in a Chai tea.

🥄 Sweetness Adjustment Pro Tip

Customize the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less sweetener to achieve your preferred taste.

Step 3 Chill by introducing some ice cubes and finish with a splash of half n half.

Iced vanilla chai latte in a cup.

🥤 Batch Pro Tip

If you’re preparing it in larger quantities, a tip is to Skip the Ice initially and let it Chill in the Fridge to maintain those robust flavors without any dilution.

Pairing Recommendations

Enhance your beverage experience by pairing with a light and sweet dessert, such as Candied Glazed Macadamia Nuts or Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts. These treats perfectly complement the warm and comforting flavors of homemade chai latte.

Iced vanilla chai tea latte served in a glass cup with a mixing spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What spices are in Chai tea?

Chai tea is a distinctive brew, featuring a black tea base enriched with a medley of aromatic spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, cardamom, and star anise. This blend offers a delightful combination of robust flavors and is naturally caffeinated, making it a favorite choice for those seeking a flavorful pick-me-up.

What is the best type of milk to use for this recipe?

For the best results in this recipe, half and half is the recommended milk choice, offering a creamy texture that enhances the flavor profile. However, you can also opt for dairy milk, cream, or plant-based alternatives like almond milk or oat milk to suit your dietary preferences or needs.

How long should I steep the chai tea bags for optimal flavor?

To achieve optimal flavor when steeping chai tea bags, aim for a duration between 3 to 5 minutes, allowing the tea to infuse without becoming overly bitter. This timeframe can be adjusted based on your preference for a more bold or subtle chai flavor.

What can I do if I accidentally oversteep the tea and it becomes bitter?

If you accidentally oversteep the tea and it becomes bitter, unfortunately, there's no quick fix. You'll need to discard the oversteeped tea and start anew with fresh tea bags to avoid the bitterness. Oversteeping releases excessive tannins into the tea, causing the bitterness. While adding more water could dilute the bitterness, it may also compromise the flavors of the tea.

Storage Tips

Simply cover the top with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge. This way, it’ll stay delicious for 2 to 3 days.

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Iced vanilla chai tea latte served in a glass cup with cream being poured in.

Iced Vanilla Chai Latte

Discover how to make a delicious Iced Vanilla Chai Latte at home with this easy recipe. Enjoy the classic flavors of chai tea blended with creamy sweetness in every sip!
4.37 from 36 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: iced vanilla chai, iced vanilla chai latte, vanilla chai latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 42kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for iced vanilla chai latte.
  • In a tall glass, place tea bag inside and pour in boiling water. Let steep approx 3-5 minutes then remove tea bag.
    Chai tea tag being brewed.
  • Add sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir to dissolve.
    Chai tea in a cup.
  • Fill glass with ice to the top. Note - for Hot Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, omit the ice.
    Ice in a Chai tea.
  • Stir in half and half.
    Iced vanilla chai latte in a cup.


Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 39mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 32mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. This looks so good! Can I make a batch of it or is it better one at a time?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Suzanne! You can make this as a batch, just multiple all the ingredients accordingly! Also, make sure not to add in the half/half until ready to drink!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love how simple this is to make! Perfect for an afternoon pick me up!

  3. Hello. I have a quick question. What are some substitutes for the swerve/monkfruit???

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Michelle! Sugar if you don’t care about carbs. If you do care about carbs, Monkfruit is really the only one we can recommend.

  4. can I use heavy cream in place of half and half?

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