One of our favorite drinks at Kahiki is Thai iced tea. This beverage is a sweet, creamy and refreshing drink for a summer afternoon. Authentic Thai iced tea is brewed from Ceylon, which is a black tea from Sri Lanka.
Additionally, the tea contains an assortment of spices. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Star anise
- Cinnamon sticks
- Crushed cloves
- Crushed cardamom pods
Often store-bought Thai iced contains food dye to give it an orange hue. However, the natural ingredients in Thai iced tea result in a light brown color. In our recipe below, we opted to exclude the orange food dye. We believe in 100% natural ingredients. Why add anything artificial?
In our recipe we also simplified the number of ingredients needed to make this beverage. We searched for a tea that already contains some of the spices listed above and found the spices in Chai tea bags to be a close match. This eliminated a time-consuming extra step in the recipe.
When it comes to sugar quantity, that all depends on taste preference. Some of us prefer the tea with just sweetened condensed milk, while others add more than 1 Tbs sugar. Play around with the recipe at home to find your favorite ratio.
To make the tea creamy, we added sweetened condensed milk and half and half. For a dairy-free version, swap these ingredients for coconut milk and coconut cream. Here are some other optional ingredients you can use to impart unique flavors:
- Vanilla extract
- Tapioca pearls
- Fresh mint leaves
- Tamarind powder
Even without these extra ingredients, Thai iced tea is delicious. Definitely try this easy recipe at home.
Homemade Thai Iced Tea Recipe
(Makes 4 servings)
- 4 bags Chai or cinnamon spice tea
- 3 - 4 cups hot water
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup half and half, whole milk, or evaporated milk
Brew tea in hot water. The tea should be made a little stronger than usual. Remove bags and stir in sugar. Let cool. If you have time, chill tea in the refrigerator.
Fill 4 glasses with ice. Add 1 Tbs sweetened condensed milk per glass. Pour tea and 1 Tbs half and half per glass. Enjoy!