Thai Iced Tea
Mr. K and I both love Thai Iced Tea and it’s something Mr. K almost always orders when we are at a Thai restaurant. I’ve always known that it’s pretty easy to make, but for some reason I never bothered to try until now.
Recently, I came across quite a few Thai iced tea recipes, once again reminding me how easy it is to make your own.
There are two Thai tea brands I often see.
I prefer using these tea bags because they are quick and clean. The loose tea leaves take more effort and have more clean-up. This brand tastes great, though the color is a little lighter. If you use one tea bag per cup, the tea comes out a dark orange, but once you add the milk, it turns a much lighter orange. When just drinking this at home, I don’t really care about appearance. Since Thai tea gets its orange color from the tea leaves being dyed, I don’t mind that it’s a little lighter in color as long as it tastes good.
If you are doing something where you care about the presentation, then I recommend this Thai tea mix. These contain loose tea leaves. You add them to the boiling water and then you have to strain them. The tea brews up a very dark brown, almost black. Once you add the ice and milk, it will turn into a dark orange. The color is more like what you’re often served at restaurants. What I don’t like is that it’s really hard to properly strain the tea leaves out and I always end up with a little bit of black tea powder at the bottom of my cup. Also there is a lot more to wash after making the tea.
Once your tea is brewed, you add in the ice, and then you add condensed milk. You can also flavor it with sugar and milk or sugar and half and half. I prefer the condensed milk version. You don’t have to add too much to get it sweet, whereas I feel like I have to add a lot more sugar and creamer to get the tea sweet enough.
The aroma of the tea leaves is so nice when this is brewing, another bonus for making it at home.
At restaurants, it’s usually served with the milk poured in but not completely mixed, so you get a two or three toned glass. Once you stir it with a spoon, it becomes a uniform orange. I tried to capture the before and after with these two glasses.
Thai Iced Tea
Thai tea bag or mix
condensed milk (or sugar and cream)
Brew tea according to instructions. If using the tea bags shown above, put one tea bag into 1 cup of boiling hot water and let tea bag stew about 20 minutes. Then pour into glass with ice. Add in condensed milk or sugar and cream and stir. Pour as much as needed for desired sweetness.
If brewing with the loose tea leaf mix bring water to boil and add in 1/4 cup tea leaves for every 1 cup of water. Let tea leaves soak for about 20 minutes before straining. Strain twice to try to remove all the leftover black tea powder. Pour into glass filled with ice. Add in condensed milk or sugar and creamer until it reaches desired sweetness. Stir with spoon.
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