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Every Memorial Day, the entire family gathers at my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house for a BBQ and swimming. This year we changed it up a bit and had a huge family brunch for Memorial Day. There were tons of kids, lots of yummy food, and of course swimming! It was so much fun….I love kicking off the summer with our traditional family party. I love getting to catch up with everyone and just enjoying a relaxing day out by the pool!
This year, I asked if I could do more. I took over a ton of food (trust me…all the recipes will be coming over the next couple weeks) and drinks. One drink that I took over was my Iced Soy Chai Tea. Some of the guys in the family, hate change and I wanted to see if I could win them over to soy milk with this drink. I make this same recipe for just myself and then keep it in the fridge all week. When it’s time for a quick breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up, I just pour myself a glass! YUM! It’s perfect for a party too and makes enough for everyone to have a glass. Although, I guess I should have made more….I converted someone and he quickly became a fan and drank probably half of it.
Almost everyone agreed that it was perfect the way it was, but hubbyman thought it could use a tad more sugar. So this is your warning…if you like sweet coffee drinks or sweet chai drinks, then add more sugar! I love using soy milk, it’s such a great source of protein. I sneak it into my kid’s breakfast…the vanilla flavor over cereal….I’m such a sneaky mom! I also add it to our smoothies for a protein boost! Kids and picky husbands won’t notice…promise.
Keep reading after the recipe….I have a giveaway for you! You can make your own soy chai tea or sneak some soy into your smoothies and breakfasts! LOL!
- 6 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger (or 2 thickly sliced pieces (about ¼-inch)
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/4 c sugar
- 6 tea bags (black tea)
- Combine the soy milk, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Split vanilla bean, scrape out the seeds, then add the seeds and pod to the pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer (not boil) for about 10 minutes.
- Place the tea bags into the soy milk mixture, continue to simmer for another 4 - 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into a clean pitcher.
- Hot: Serve Immediately
- Iced: Cool in refrigerator for several hours and serve over ice.
- Note: Cardamon is also traditionally used, but my big grocery store doesn't carry the whole pods, so I don't use it. If you can find it, add about 10 pods, lightly crushed to the mix.
Here’s what you can win:
- 2 Free 8th Continent Soymilk coupons
- 12 oz. on-the-go cereal bowl with freezer gel milk holder (this is VERY cool)
- Children’s apron
- 16 oz. Tumbler
Disclaimer: Solae provided the soy milk and goodies for the brunch. All opinions are my own.
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