My friend Dominique introduced me to this fantastic way to enjoy tea in the summer last July. We were having a crafting day, and she brought out a beautiful bowl of cherries and this fantastic chilled Earl Grey tea. It’s slightly sweet, creamy, chilled, and delicious. And, best of all, it gives me a delicious way to drink all my favourite black teas when it’s too warm out to want them hot.

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It’s simple. All you need is a tea you like with milk—brew a strong pot of it and let it cool to room temperature. Next up—cream. Heavy, if you have it. Maple syrup for a hint of sweetness. And ice.

One of my favourite teas to use for creamy iced teas is a roasted mate chai.

One of my favourite teas to use for creamy iced teas is a roasted mate chai.

Pour about 2 teaspoons of cream (more if you are using 10% instead of 35% cream) into the bottom of a tall glass, and then a wee drizzle of dark maple syrup. Add a few ice cubes, and top up with your tea. Enjoy on a porch or patio, and get some sunshine!

Mmm, cream & maple syrup!

Mmm, cream & maple syrup!

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