Many of you may indulge with a glass of Thai Ice Tea when eating at a Thai restaurant. It’s a spicy blend of strong black Asian tea, vanilla, and spices such as star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom, and occasionally others. The tea is sweetened and then topped off with condensed milk or half and half. It’s a perfect complement to spicy food. Traditionally in restaurants, the tea is also a bright orange as food colors are added to most Thai tea mixes. The traditional tea restaurant style is packed with calories and additives.
Since I don’t want to drink loads of artificial colors and additives, I avoid most Thai Tea mixes. I’m not making it restaurant style with a lot of calories. I used the healthier version with whole milk or milk substitute and less sugar. You basically start with organic black tea and add spices. After brewing the tea, you choose the type of milk and sweetener. Voila! Healthy and tasty!
I decided to use an even simpler method for my tea based on Arbor Tea’s organic all natural Thai tea blend. It is a wonderful combination of east Asian organic black tea, star anise, cardamom and vanilla bean that will not disappoint. It brews up a lovely, natural light brown. After sweetening with sugar or honey, top off the iced tea with milk, half and half, or coconut milk. If you want to make it stronger, add more tea and do not increase steeping time. If you want to avoid dairy, try adding fresh lime juice as a topper. Thai tea can also be enjoyed hot in the winter.
Thai Iced Tea
Use organic. Makes 1 serving
Thai Iced Tea
- 2 tsp Arbor Tea Thai Tea blend for every 8 ounces of water
- Hot water
- Infuser or strainer
- Whole milk or coconut milk
- 2 tsp Sugar per 8 oz. of water or to taste (or stevia, honey or coconut sugar)
- 2 tbsp dairy or coconut milk per serving
- Bring water to boil
- Pour water over tea blend covering tea with water, and let steep
- After 5 minutes, remove infuser or strain tea
- Add sweetener and adjust to your taste
- Stir until sweetener is dissolved
- Let tea come to room temperature to avoid clouding
- Place in refrigerator
- Serve over ice
- Top with milk of your choice or lime juice
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This looks really tasty and refreshing X #mmbc
That surely looks really nice, the way its blended and all. Thanks for the recipe and for sharing this great post. Warm greetings to you!
Greetings to you and thanks for coming by.
Carol, Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us. My daughter came home as a devout tea drinker from her world travels and I can’t wait to share this recipe with her. Pinning 🙂
Thanks – I hope she loves it!
I just love thai tea and will definitely be on the lookout for that brand of tea! pinned
I found it online – it was a pleasant surprise!
It does sound like a cooling drink.
Sounds good to me, but without milk, I don’t like milk at all not in tea not in coffee nowhere !
I totally understand. Fix it without, of course.
Carol. This is right up my alley. I love honey and milk in my tea.
Carol, I totally agree with you about iced tea mixes (and all those artificial flavours!). Making your own at home is a far superior way to enjoy a beverage. And this Thai recipe looks absolutely delicious, too!
Oh this looks delicious! I love Thai Tea!
Enjoy – and thanks for coming by.
Wonderful! After a summer waitressing at a Thai restaurant in college, I love this stuff. Your version is so much better and healthier. Pinning!
Hi Carol, I’m happy to let you know that your post has been featured at the Friday Favorites linky party this week: https://be-alice.blogspot.com/2017/07/friday-favorites-week-383.html! I’ve always wanted to make a Thai Ice Tea for the Thai food series on my blog, and your recipe looks amazing! I hope you’ll come back next week to link up your projects so I can stop by again 🙂
I’m thrilled Maisie! I’ll stop by later with more projects.Thanks for the feature!