Iced Breakfast Tea Latte

Coffee break
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Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 12 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
31 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 90mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

With so many caffeinated options multiplying by the minute in coffee shops around the world, it's easy to forget that tea is also a delicious caffeinated beverage that can give you a quick buzz of energy, though in a reduced amount. Usually containing between 15 and 70 milligrams of caffeine per cup, compared to the whopping 200 milligrams a cup of coffee could contain depending on the brew and preparation, black tea has the highest level of caffeine of any tea when brewed very dark, whereas white and green tea have the least. For this delicious any-time-of-the-day beverage, created in a beloved Colorado tea spot smartly named The Tea Spot, you need black tea leaves, the milk of your choice, and the sweetener of your choice. Easily adaptable to your dietary preferences, this iced preparation is great when strolling on a hot summer day or as an afternoon treat.

For this recipe, you need a bold breakfast blend. The options are varied, as not all breakfast blends are the same. They all are made out of highly caffeinated black tea leaves—which you might need in the morning—but their flavors depend on the mixture of tea leaves they contain. Breakfast blends are intended to pair well with milk and sugar, thus the strong flavor, and also to hold their own while accompanying a hearty breakfast. English, Irish, and Scottish blends are all different, having different percentages of different tea leaves, from Assam to Ceylon or Darjeeling, among many other teas from Asia and Africa. To make this iced latte, choose a blend you've already tried and enjoy, and choose the milk of your preference. If using a plant-based option go for soy, hazelnut, or oat, as these are thicker and make a heartier beverage.

Mix this iced latte right before enjoying and find a new way of getting an energy kick with tons of flavor minus excessive caffeine.


  • 2 to 4 teaspoons English breakfast tea leaves, or other breakfast tea blend

  • 8 ounces boiling water

  • 2 ounces milk, or non-dairy milk substitute

  • Optional: honey, agave, or vanilla, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Steep an 8-ounce concentrate of breakfast tea using 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in boiling water for 5 minutes. If you like darker beverages use the full 4 teaspoons of tea leaves.

  3. Strain tea leaves.

  4. Pour into 16-ounce shaker filled 2/3 with ice cubes and shake well.

  5. Steam or froth 2 ounces of milk or milk substitute to twice its original volume.

  6. Add the iced tea concentrate to the milk or milk substitute and sweeten with honey, agave or vanilla if desired.

  7. Enjoy!

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