How to make Thai Iced tea recipe
Thai iced tea is a popular iced drink which hails from Thailand. Traditionally it is a blend of strong black tea, vanilla bean, cardamom and anise. I tasted it first time at a thai restaurant in Nottingham in England, last year. I loved the unique but perfect combination of refreshing tea with sweetness of milk.
After few days when I visited my neighbour Anong who is from Thailand, she also prepared this tea and told me how easy it is to make authentic Thai iced tea. So sharing my knowledge on this recipe.
In this thai iced tea, we brew high strength tea to get intense flavor by steeping the tea bags for about 15 to 20 min. Then sweeten with sugar or honey. Lastly topped with half n half and ice. And homemade thai iced tea is ready to serve.
In market, thai tea mix are also available, which also gives nice results. If possible, you can try it.
“Half and half” is a mixture of half heavy cream and half whole milk that is commonly found in the US. But if it is not available in your area, you may substitute it with by mixing half whole milk and half heavy cream. Note – Only whole milk will also work.
There are many variations available of this tea you may enjoy this tea hot or cold with a twist of lime but only when you make it without milk else milk will curdle.
You may also make it vegan just replace whole milk with coconut milk. It also taste great.
Now let’s see how to make thai iced tea recipe.
Recipe card – how to make thai iced tea
- 3 cups water
- 4 bags black tea or red Thai tea or 1 1/2 tablespoons loose tea
- 1 whole clove
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla bean – cut down the centre to release the vanilla flavour optional
- 1 ½ tablespoons sugar or adjust as per taste
- 6 Ice cubes
First put a medium saucepan on heat.
Bring the water to a boil.
Add star anise, cardamom pods and cloves.
Boil for a minute.
Switch off the flame now.
Now remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
Place the tea bags, in the water, and make sure they are completely submerged in water.
Steep for 15 minutes.
Now remove the tea bags, star anise, and cloves by using a strainer or a spoon.
Add the sugar and stir until it's completely dissolved.
Let the tea cool to room temperature.
Add ice to the serving glass and pour the prepared tea into the glasses.
Note- Tall glasses are recommended.
Fill each glass 3/4 of the way full with tea. Top up the remaining glass with half n half.
Stir to combine.
Enjoy your drink immediately.
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