Thai iced tea is an easy and refreshing drink you can make at home with just a few ingredients. This Thai tea recipe is just like the kind served at restaurants and just as delicious.
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 recipes that are served cold, once again reminding me how easy it is to make your own.
Thai Tea Bags
I prefer using bags because they are quick and clean. The loose tea leaves take more effort and have more clean-up.
I like the brand Tisanes Herbal Tea Drink* because it comes in individual bags and tastes great. The color is initially dark but turns much lighter after you add the milk, which isn’t as pretty, but 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.
Thai Tea Mix
If you are entertaining or otherwise care about the presentation, then I recommend Pantai 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 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 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 it.
The only time I use the mix is when we have friends and family over. It does have a better look when you serve it, but for everyday drinks I just use the tea bags.
How to Make Thai Iced Tea
- First, brew the tea and then add ice.
- For the sweetener, I prefer condensed milk because you don’t need as much. You can also use regular milk or half and half with regular sugar, but you will need to add more.
- 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.
This is a fun drink to make at home, especially when it’s warm outside. The aroma of the tea leaves is so nice when this is brewing, another bonus for making it at home.
If you want to try another iced tea drink you might like to try my Teagaritas which are a combination of iced tea and margaritas.
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Thai Iced Tea
- Thai tea bag or mix
- condensed milk or sugar and cream
Thai Tea Bag Instructions
- 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.
- Pour into glass with ice. Add in condensed milk or sugar and cream and stir. Pour as much as needed for desired sweetness.
Thai Tea Mix Instructions
- 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.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.