No need to hit the drive-thru for your favorite "pick-me-up" this summer! Make your own and save the money!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S ICED CHAI TEA LATTE
Make your own ice cubes with both the tea and homemade chai soymilk. That way, when the ice begins to melt, only more flavor will be infused into your drink, rather than having a watered down beverage.
Brew chai tea in water, then set aside to cool. Heat vanilla soymilk in a sauce pot with cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and ginger. Allow to just come to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Pour some of the cooled chai tea into ice cube trays and freeze. Store the rest in a mason jar in your refrigerator.
Use a strainer to strain the "chai-flavored" soymilk, now. Pour the strained, flavored soymilk into ice cube trays and freeze. When ready to serve, pop 3 to 4 of the soymilk cubes in your cup, along with 2 of the tea cubes. Pour the cold tea over the "ice" and enjoy!
AIMEE FORTNEY'S ICED COFFEE
The best way to make your iced coffee is by brewing extra coffee, then refrigerating it to keep it cold. Freeze additional coffee in ice trays to keep your drinks from being diluted. Add your simple syrup and hot chocolate mix to your hot coffee, then chill in a mason jar. When you are ready to enjoy it, pour it over coffee ice cubes and enjoy!
For iced coffee, if you want to sweeten the coffee, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of simple syrup to your coffee. Chill. For iced mocha, add 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to the brewed coffee, stirring to combine and dissolve the hot chocolate. Chill the coffee in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy. Pour extra coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. When ready to serve, place a couple of the coffee cubes in your cup along with a couple of regular ice cubes, then pour the cold coffee over the ice. Enjoy!
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