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Did you miss the free Starbucks last Friday? No worries! You can make Starbucks-like drinks at home for pennies!
Neither my husband nor I are coffee drinkers, but we love a lot of their coffee-free drinks. Unfortunately, Starbucks doesn’t fit in our budget. Fortunately, my husband’s students keep us well-stocked with Starbucks gift cards so we can treat ourselves every now and then.
Over the last couple years, I’ve set out on a mission to try to copy some of their drinks at home. The results have been good so far. Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of iced chai tea lattes. I only ever bought one at Starbucks and will never buy another one again. It was good, but definitely not worth the $2.95 they charge for a tall, especially considering it is mostly ice.
There are a lot of variables when making iced chai tea lattes at home, so you might need to experiment a little to figure out what you like:
- Tea–The brand and variety of tea you use will definitely affect the final outcome.
- Sweetener–Use whatever sweetener you choose. The type of sweetener as well as personal preference will determine how much you need to add.
- Milk–I use non-fat because that’s what we drink. You can use whatever you have.
- Ice–Yes, the ice you use will affect the outcome. Smaller ice cubes or crushed ice will melt into the latte faster than larger ice cubes.
- Ratios–You can change the ratios to fit your preferences. Want more chai flavor, use more tea. Want less, use more milk.
Iced Chai Tea Latte
- 1/2 c. water (more or less)
- 2 chai tea bags
- Sweetener, to taste
- 1/2 glass ice
Bring water to boiling on stove or in microwave. If on stove, remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep about 5 minutes.
Remove bags and stir in desired sweetener. Fill a large class half-way with ice. Pour hot tea over ice. Add milk to top off.
I estimate that it costs me well under $0.50 per glass. That’s more than $2.45 savings over buying it at Starbucks, and I don’t even have to leave home or use a gift card. I’d much rather use the gift cards for double chocolaty chip frappuccinos!
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