Thai Iced Tea

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Learn how to make Authentic Thai Iced Tea from scratch using this simple recipe. The resulting tea is refreshing, creamy, and packed with traditional flavors.

If you want to try more Tea recipes, here are some favorites: Apple Iced Tea, Lemon Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Strawberry Tea, and Mango Iced Tea.

Thai iced tea served in a glass.
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Mohit had a work assignment for almost a year in Kuala Lumpur 16-17 years ago. Our son and I accompanied him. From there, we visited Singapore and Thailand multiple times.

Food used to be quite an attraction on our Thailand visits. Winding down the lanes of Chatuchak market and sampling the satays and curries from the roadside vendors was quite an experience.

During one of those trips, I came across their sweet iced tea with a deep orange hue from color-coated tea leaves. The sweetness from the condensed milk hit differently; it soon became our usual.

Like most recipes I try and like, I came back home and learned to make this Thai-style iced tea. It is now a regular in my house, and when the mercury soars high in the summer, it is a delight to sip on.

About Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea, locally called Cha Yen, is a refreshing beverage popular in Thailand. This sweet, creamy drink has become popular in Thai restaurants worldwide thanks to its refreshing taste and easy preparation.

Making this drink at home from scratch is easy and takes a few minutes. Once you start to make it home, there is no looking back.

You can save dollars by making it at home and devouring gallons without thinking twice. Plus, its taste gives Starbucks a run for its money!

Ingredients

Tea – This drink is made using a special Thai black tea mix.

It is available at Asian grocery stores or on Amazon. The Thai tea mix has a hint of orange color with notes of vanilla and star anise.

Don’t be disheartened if you cannot source this tea. Any black tea will do in this recipe. You can add a few drops of vanilla extract and one-star anise to make the taste closer to the real deal, and the color will not affect the taste.

Spices – The tea is flavored with spices like cinnamon and cardamom. When added to boiling water, they release a nice flavor and aroma.

Condensed Milk – Thai tea is sweetened with condensed milk. You can easily find sweetened condensed milk in your nearby grocery store.

Sugar – You can adjust the amount of sugar in this drink according to your taste. Do not go overboard, as condensed milk is also sweet.

Sometimes vanilla, orange blossom water, and crushed tamarind seeds are added. Some people add boba pearls to it, and then it’s called bubble tea.

How To Make Thai-Style Iced Tea

Add 2 cups water, 2 green cardamoms (crushed), and 1-inch piece of cinnamon (crushed) to a pan and boil over medium-high heat.

Water, cardamom and cinnamon added to a pan.

Once the water comes to a boil, switch off the heat. 

Add 6 teaspoon Thai tea mix and 2 tablespoon sugar and steep for 5 minutes.

Thai tea leaves and sugar added to the pan.
Steeped tea.

Strain the tea in a measuring cup using a tea strainer. Let the tea cool down for 10 minutes.

Strained tea.

Add 7-8 ice cubes each into two tall serving glasses.

Ice cubes added to glasses.

Pour the tea over ice until the glasses are ¾th full.

Add 2 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk to each glass.

Tea and condensed milk added to the glasses.

Stir well using a stirrer and serve.

Note – Add more sugar if you like sweeter tea.

Ready Thai iced tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make it vegan?

To make vegan Thai style Iced Tea, you can replace condensed milk with coconut cream, cashew milk, or any vegan milk or cream.

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Learn how to make Authentic Thai Iced Tea from scratch using this simple recipe. The resulting tea is refreshing, creamy, and packed with traditional flavors.
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Thai Iced Tea Recipe

Learn how to make Authentic Thai Style Iced Tea from scratch using this simple recipe. The resulting tea is refreshing, creamy, and packed with traditional flavors.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 green cardamoms (crushed)
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon (crushed)
  • 6 teaspoons Thai tea mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
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Instructions 

  • Add water, cardamom, and cinnamon to a pan and boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, switch off the heat. 
  • Add the tea leaves and sugar and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea in a measuring cup using a tea strainer. Let the tea cool down for 10 minutes.
  • Add 7-8 ice cubes each into two tall serving glasses.
  • Pour the tea over ice until the glasses are ¾th full.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk to each glass.
  • Stir well using a stirrer and serve.

Notes

If Thai tea mix is unavailable, use any black tea. You can add a few drops of vanilla extract and one-star anise to make the taste closer to the real deal, and the color will not affect the taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 69mg, Potassium: 175mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 107IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 132mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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