Cold Brew... Cold Brew coffee, cold brew... CHAI?! Yep. It's a thing. A delicious, delightful thing.
Cold Brewing is a slow process that involves basically soaking your ingredients (in this case, chai spices, black tea and sugar) in cold filtered water ideally overnight, or for approximately 12 hours. The benefits of making cold brewed iced chai are that a) it is a simple process b) you kind of forget about it and then open your refrigerator to it the next day c) it tastes great and makes a delicious beverage and d) you can easily store extra chai for a week or so since the milk isn't added during the actual brewing process. The drawback is... TIME. So if you are going to use the cold brew method to make your iced chai, make sure you plan ahead and get your chai "brewing" the night before you want to drink it!
As with other brewing and steeping methods, it is important to use good water. Try to use filtered water if possible. You can use previously boiled water, too, that has cooled. The purest water possible will give you the best results possible.
To make 4 cups of Iced Chai:
- In a large Mason Jar, measure 2-3 heaping tablespoons of your favourite Shanti Chai & Co chai blend and 2-3 tablespoons sugar.
- Fill jar with cold filtered water and stir. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
- Stir well and strain over ice in a tall glass.
- Top-up with milk, cream or substitute.
Tip: Keep extra chai refrigerated for up to a week (without milk).