Iced Ginger Chai

This Iced Ginger Chai drink is based on one of my favorite products, Bhakti Chai. My homemade chai recipe is heavy on the ginger, cardamom, and black pepper. I love a good cool, yet spicy drink in the summer.

While I love Bhakti Chai, it does not love me. There is way too much caffeine in regular chai for my body type, which is the vata dosha. Even the decaffeinated product contains small amounts of caffeine, which is too much for me. I use rooibos tea, which is herbal, as the base of my homemade chai recipe. This way I get the black tea flavor without any of the caffeine.

There are many ways that you could adapt this recipe, more spices, less spices, different spices, ground spices. Feel free to experiment with it and if you do, please let us know what changes you made and how well they worked.

Iced Ginger Chai

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Servings 4



Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
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In my incredible cache of gluten-free recipes, I have a recipe for a hot chai which you’ll love. Chai, hot or cold, goes super well with any of my fan favorite paleo biscotti recipes below!


51 responses to “Iced Ginger Chai”

  1. Elana, I too love the flavors in chai tea. The only problem is my vata personality has learned to live with waaaayy too much caffeine.

  2. I made this last night and I’m loving it! I went on an Indian spice shopping spree not too long ago and I ended up with some things I didn’t really know what to do with. This gave me the perfect reason to put those cardamon pods to use :-)

  3. this looks delicious! i think i’ll have one as i gaze at the pacific today. i just discovered your blog and it’s really something i’ve been looking for – gluten free, tempting recipes, without all the regular white rice and starch. thank you :)

  4. This sounds so unique and refreshing. The heat continues here in the upper Midwest, so I’ll definitely be giving this a try! Perfect to throw together quickly in the morning after a walk or run. :)

  5. Hi! i love your recipes!! For your Ginger Chai recipe, can you use black tea in the same proportions as rooibos?, and can you boil it for 30 minutes?

    Steph Dem.

  6. Oh, yum. I love making chai…. though it’s been a while! I’m always looking (and adjusting) for the perfect ratio of spices…. definitely trying your suggestions! Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. For some weird reason I was expecting a recipe from you today–must be my psychic powers? :)

    Anything with rooibos and I’m on board. It looks as though this beverage is full of antioxidants–awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yum! That looks delicious… and the biscotti links make me want to walk out of my office early so that I can go home and bake all weekend.

    If I lose my job over this I’m going to site extenuating blog reading circumstances. (I kid…)

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