Thai Tea is a rich, creamy, and smooth orange-colored iced drink loaded with flavors of warm spices and rich condensed milk. The tea is usually made with a special Thai tea mix and served with condensed, and full-fat milk with a lot of ice cubes. The recipe I have shared here shows how to make Thai Tea with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.
What is Thai Tea?
Thai Tea is a sweet smooth, and creamy orange-colored drink. It is usually made with Thai Tea mix, condensed milk, milk and served with a lot of ice cubes. This Thai Iced Tea is one of the best drinks and is usually enjoyed after a spicy Thai meal.
The tea mix used here is nothing but a combination of black tea, spices like star anise, cardamom, crushed tamarind, and similar other spices. The taste is similar to the masala chai in which the ingredients for the tea mix are similar. The unique orange color comes from the orange food coloring used in most Thai tea brands.
The recipe I have shared here is made with store-bought Thai tea mix and you can also make the mix from scratch. And I have mentioned the process below in the ingredients list and tips section.
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Ingredients and Substitutions Overview
The ingredients you will need to make this Thai Iced Tea are minimal and you can find them easily in most Asian grocery stores. Let's see what are they below.
- Thai Tea Mix - I have used the store-bought tea Mix but you can also make it from scratch. To do that, add the ¼ tsp of chai masala powder to every 2 tbsp of black loose-leaf tea. The orange color comes from the orange food coloring used in store-bought powder. So you can also use a pinch of orange food coloring to achieve a similar color to your drink
- Condensed Milk - Gives the richness and sweetness to your drink
- Half & Half Milk - Delivers thick and creamy texture. But you can also use whole milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or other milk of your choice
- Sugar (optional) - If you want your drink to be super sweet then I recommend adding the sugar while brewing the tea. You may use a 1:2 ratio of tea mix powder and sugar to achieve the perfect sweetness
How to Make Thai Tea at Home?
The recipe I have shared here is the authentic Thai Iced Tea that is usually served in most Thai restaurants. I have prepared 2 servings but you can also make more and store in a pitcher for later use. Even though I have used store-bought Thai Tea mix here, I have also shared how to make the Thai Tea Mix from scratch in the tips sections below.
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- Bubble Tea (Boba Milk Tea)
- Taro Milk Tea (Taro Bubble Tea)
- Brown Sugar Milk Bubble Tea
Thai Iced Tea
- 2 tbsp Thai Tea Mix
- 2 cups Water
- 4 tsp Condensed Milk
- ½ cup Half and Half Milk
- Ice Cubes, as needed
To make Thai Iced Tea
- In a saucepan with medium heat, pour water and bring it to boil
- Add 2 tbsp of Thai Tea Mix powder and brew it for 3 to 5 minutes
- Remove the Thai Tea from the heat and allow it to cool down completely
- Fill the serving glass with Ice cubes and pour in the filtered Thai Tea
- Add 2 tsp of condensed milk and pour in the half and half milk. And now the creamy Thai Iced Tea is ready for you to taste and enjoy
- Serve this decadent Thai Iced Tea as an afternoon pick-me-up or to quench your thirst on hot summer days
Chef's Notes and Tips
- For best taste and flavor - Always make sure to use a good quality Thai Tea mix powder to achieve the best taste and flavor
- Thai tea from scratch - You can also make your Thai tea at home using black tea powder and adding ¼ tsp of chai masala powder. Usually, in store-bought tea mix orange food color is added to achieve the orange tint. So you can also use a pinch of orange food color if you would prefer to have that orange tint in your tea
- Creamy Tea - I have used half and half milk and condensed milk to make this tea but you can also use whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or other milk of your choice
- For strong decoction - You can also add 2 more tbsp of Thai tea powder for stronger concoction
- Serving - Serve this authentic Thai Tea with a lot of ice cubes to quench your thirst on hot summer days. You can also add a scoop of cooked boba for the bubble tea version
Disclaimer: We’re not nutrition experts. Nutritional info is estimated and should be used as a guide. For precise details, consult a professional.
Serve this tea with a lot of ice cubes and creamy half-half-milk for a decadent treat.
You can store the Tea Concentrate in the refrigerator for up to a week in a closed pitcher. Make sure to add your favorite milk and a dash of condensed milk to enjoy the restaurant-style drink at home.
It tastes similar to masala chai with a strong flavor of black tea and warm spices. It usually tastes sweeter due to the addition of condensed milk but you can control the sweetness according to your preferences.
The unique orange color comes from the orange food coloring used in most Thai tea brands. The tea turns a deep red color when brewed and it turns to an orange color when mixed up with condensed milk and half half milk.