Amazing Thai Tea Recipe

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Thai course is incomplete without ending it with a Thai iced tea also known as Thai milk tea. After a spicy Thai dinner, this icy dessert drink will soothe your burning gut. Although the beverage is called Thai iced tea by many, some prefer to have it without the ice calling it simply, Thai tea.

There are two ways of making Thai tea. One method is by using the Thai tea mix, which contains tea leaves and a variety of spices and herbs like cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, etc. This mix can be easily found online or in any grocery store. The second method gives you the liberty to make Thai milk tea without the Thai tea mix. However, it requires black tea and a bit more ingredients. Both would ultimately, taste equally yummy!

Thai iced tea in a tall glass

How to Make Thai Iced Tea

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: thai tea
Appliance: Hot plate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Passive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 glass

Ingredients

Using Thai tea mix

  • 1 tbsp thai tea
  • 1 cup water (filtered)
  • 2 tsp sugar (granulated)
  • 2 tsp condensed milk (or half and half)
  • 3 tsp evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup ice (crushed or cubes)

Using black tea

Instructions

Using Thai tea mix

  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a saucepan or a pot.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Thai tea mix to a tea sock.
  • Pour the hot water over the tea and allow it to steep for 30 minutes.
    Kettle pouring hot steaming water into a cup in a yellow filter
  • Pour the tea into a glass and add 2 teaspoons of sugar.
    A spoon of sugar with sugar cubes background
  • Add 2 teaspoons of condensed milk (or half and half) and stir.
    A bowl of condensed milk
  • Add 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk and stir.
  • Professionally made Thai iced tea usually contains a little froth or bubbles on top. If you wish to give that professional look to your Thai tea then, take two pitchers and pour the tea from one pitcher to another with a little elevation. You may choose to skip this step but we suggest you try it, it's fun!
  • Fill another cup halfway with crushed ice, then pour the tea on it.
  • Finally, you may give it a creamy touch by sprinkling some more evaporated milk on top.
  • Enjoy your Thai iced tea with some cookies!
    Two glasses of iced tea next to each against a green background

Using black tea

  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a saucepan or a pot.
    A pot of boiling water
  • Add black tea bag, sugar, anise starts, cardamom pod, and cloves to the boiling water, as measured.
    Star anise pods on a wooden table
  • Stir the mixture until all the sugar gets dissolved and then remove from heat.
  • Allow it to steep for 30 minutes and strain the tea using a cheesecloth or remove the tea bag and other condiments using a spoon.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of condensed milk (or half and half) and stir.
    Jar of thick white creamy liquid
  • Add 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk and stir.
    Open tin of evaporated milk placed on burlap cloth.
  • Professionally made Thai iced tea usually contains a little froth or bubbles on top. If you wish to give that professional look to your Thai tea then, take two pitchers and pour the tea from one pitcher to another with a little elevation. You may choose to skip this step but we suggest you try it, it's fun!
  • Fill another cup halfway with crushed or cubed ice, then pour the tea on it.
    A bucket full of ice next to a steel tong
  • Finally, you may give it a creamy touch by sprinkling some more evaporated milk on top.
  • Sit back and slurp it down.
    Thai iced tea in a tall glass

Notes

You can skip adding ice if you wish to serve the tea hot.
If you'd like to maximize the concentration of tea, allow it to steep for about 2 hours.

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Komal is a quirky writer. She loves to add a touch of creativity to everything she does. She has a diverse background in teaching biology, working as an analyst, and freelancing as a content writer. There are only two ways she can express herself, first is words and second is dance.

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