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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