Chinese Oolong Chai Iced Tea

Beth Renzetti


I am VERY excited about this recipe. I found the original at a blog called The Nourishing Gourmet. I hadn't considered using oolong to make chai. I combined the authors recipe with my technique. I haven't tried it yet; feel free to edit spices & amounts to suit your tastes.

'Cook time' is steeping/cooling time. After 45 minutes, the tea had cooled enough, in my opinion. Alternatively, stick the pot into the fridge!


★★★★★ 5 votes

5 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    loose oolong tea leaves
  • 2 c
    boiling water
  • 1/2
    inch fresh ginger, peeled & sliced
  • 4
    green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 3
    whole cloves
  • 1 stick
  • 1/2 - 1
    star anise
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    honey, or equivalent in sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp
    *real* vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    whole milk or non dairy alternative of choice
  • 1/2 c
    ice cubes

How to Make Chinese Oolong Chai Iced Tea


  1. In small saucepan bring water & spices to a boil.
  2. Add tea leaves. Bring back to a boil then turn off heat, cover & steep until almost cool. (or refrigerate!)
  3. Strain tea into a blender & discard solids. (or re-steep!)
  4. Add honey, vanilla, milk & ice cubes. Process until smooth.

Printable Recipe Card

About Chinese Oolong Chai Iced Tea

Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Chinese
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #chinese #Chai

Show 19 Comments & Reviews

26 Refreshing Mocktail Recipes

26 Refreshing Mocktail Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Feel fancy and join the festivities with these refreshing mocktail recipes. These virgin cocktails are safe for all ages and are full of flavor. Whether you’re craving a mojito or...

How To Chill A Drink In 2 Minutes

How to Chill a Drink in 2 Minutes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Chill a drink in no time thanks to this tip from the Just A Pinch Test Kitchen.

29 Refreshing Summer Drinks

29 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

These refreshing drinks will make even the hottest of summer days bearable! Plus, they are insanely delicious. Cheers!