Tea Cola

When we came across a recipe for making a homemade version of a popular cola, we discovered the basic ingredients are citrus and spices. (Not what you’d expect, right?) Then it hit me – instead of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and cloves, why not use Vanilla Spice Chai? So here is our version of a classic cola, only minus all the artificial colorings and sweeteners! ~ Marlys

Tea Cola

Tea Cola

Course Drinks
Keyword cola, Vanilla Spice Chai
Author Alan & Marlys Arnold - Adventures with Tea


  • 2 cups Vanilla Spice Chai brewed tea
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • Club soda (for serving)


  1. Combine Vanilla Spice Chai brewed tea, citrus zests, and lime juice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Strain out the zests using a fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth).

  3. Rinse out the sauce pan (or use a fresh one), and pour tea back in. Add the sugars and stir over low heat until dissolved.

  4. Allow to cool down, then pour into a container with a lid. Cover and store in the refrigerator overnight.

  5. To serve, mix 1/4 cup tea syrup with 1 cup of club soda. Stir to combine.

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