This iced pumpkin chai latte is made with real pumpkin, spices and cream and is ready in under 10 minutes. It's the perfect combination of fall flavors – pumpkin and chai, and will leave you wanting more!
The festive chai latte is a fall pick-me up, and although I love it iced, there are directions below for serving it warm, too. Enjoy!
- Chai Tea: You can use looseleaf chai tea or chai tea bags, and you can also use non-chai tea such as English Breakfast or Darjeeling. There are directions below for making homemade chai tea as well.
- Pumpkin purée: You can use either homemade or store-bought pumpkin puree for this drink. When buying puree, be sure it's pure pumpkin purée, and not pumpkin pie mix.
- Pumpkin pie spice: This spice blend is sold as a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. If you can't find it, you can make your own by mixing 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon with a ¼ teaspoon each of the remaining spices.
How to make this chai latte
1. Combine the pumpkin purée, sweetened condensed milk, and ½ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice and mix well.
2. Add the cream and whisk until blended.
3. Fill a tall glass with ice, then pour in the chilled chai tea.
4. Add milk into the glass and if desired, froth some milk and spoon the foam on top. Sprinkle with the remaining pumpkin pie spice and serve.
- I love this chai latte iced, but you could also enjoy it warm. Simply combine the chai tea, pumpkin purée, sweetened condensed milk, and ½ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan and heat, stirring often, until hot. Pour the mixture into a mug and top with steamed milk, spooning the foam on top. Sprinkle with the remaining pumpkin pie spice.
- Look for chai tea bags in the tea aisle of well-stocked grocery stores, and be sure to buy chai tea bags that are not pre-sweetened.
- For a more decadent chai latte, spoon some softly whipped cream on top.
Chai is black tea, such as English Breakfast or Darjeeling, that's infused with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and star anise, and it's usually sweetened with honey or sugar. to turn it into a latter, the chai tea is combined with steamed milk and foam.
Yes, you can make this English Breakfast, Darjeeling, or Assam tea with equally good results.
Homemade Chai Tea
If you prefer to make your own chai blend instead of using tea bags or loose tea, here's how:
In a small saucepan, bring 3 ½ cups of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add 1 Tbs. loose black tea, such as English Breakfast or Darjeeling tea, 6 green cardamom pods, gently crushed, 5 cloves, 1 small cinnamon stick (about 1 ½ inches long) and ¼ tsp. peppercorns. Let steep uncovered for 4 minutes, stirring once or twice. Pour through a fine strainer set over a bowl, and discard the solids.
To make Chai Masala: Pour the tea back into the pan. Add ¾ cup milk and 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add more sugar to taste. Reheat if necessary over low heat, but do not boil. Serve hot.
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Iced Pumpkin Chai Latte
- 3 Tbs. pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp. sweetened condensed milk
- 3 Tbs. heavy cream
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup strong brewed chai or black tea, chilled
- ½ cup oat, soy or regular milk
- In a glass measuring cup or bowl, combine the pumpkin purée, sweetened condensed milk, and ½ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice and mix well.
- Add the cream and whisk until blended.
- Fill a tall glass with ice, then pour in the chilled tea.
- Froth the milk if desired. Pour the milk into the glass and spoon the foam on top. Sprinkle with the remaining pumpkin pie spice and serve.