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Restaurant-Style Thai Iced Tea

Craving that vibrant orange hue, the bold tea flavor, and that creamy froth you get at your favorite Thai spot? Well, good news – you can skip the takeout and whip up this delicious drink right in your own kitchen!

This recipe uses the Thai tea mix that restaurants do, so you’ll get that authentic taste without any fancy equipment.

drinking thai iced tea

Recipe Highlights

  • Easy to make: Skip the restaurant lines and brew up a batch in under 30 minutes.
  • Authentic flavors: We’re using the Thai tea mix that restaurants rely on for that signature orange hue and rich aroma.
  • Creamy dream topping: Frothy, sweet, and oh-so-satisfying, this homemade cream takes your Thai iced tea to the next level.

Ingredient Notes

  • Thai tea mix: It’s a blend of black tea, spices, and food coloring that gives Thai iced tea its unique taste. This is the key ingredient for that signature orange color and flavor. You can find it at most Asian grocery stores or online.
  • Black tea: Adds depth and complexity to the tea flavor. Use any type you like, such as English breakfast or Ceylon.
  • Brown sugar: Gives the tea a warm, caramelized sweetness. You can substitute with granulated sugar if needed.
  • Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk: Combine these for the creamy froth topping. Feel free to adjust the ratio to your desired sweetness.
pouring black tea in glass

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Brew the Tea: Boil water and pour it over Thai tea mix, black tea, and brown sugar in a teapot. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then strain out the tea solids.
  2. Chill and froth: Let the tea cool for 30 minutes, then pop it in the fridge for an extra chill. Meanwhile, combine the milks and freeze for 20 minutes. Once slightly frozen, whip it up with a milk frother until doubled in volume.
  3. Assemble and sip!: Fill glasses with ice, pour in the chilled tea, and top with the creamy froth. Give it a stir and enjoy your homemade Thai iced tea bliss!

Storing and Preserving

Store the cooled tea in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The froth topping will melt, so re-whip before serving.

a girl drinking thai iced tea

Interesting Facts

  • Thai iced tea, called “cha yen” in Thailand, is a national beverage enjoyed at all times of day.
  • Thai iced tea is traditionally made with red tea leaves, which gives it its vibrant color.
  • The orange color can also come from food coloring, but the authentic version uses natural ingredients.
  • In Thailand, Thai iced tea is often served with a side of syrup or condensed milk for extra sweetness.

Questions You May Have

1. Can I use other types of milk for the topping?

Sure! Try coconut milk for a tropical twist or almond milk for a dairy-free option.

2. What can I add to the tea for extra flavor?

A touch of cardamom or cinnamon can give it a warm spice kick.

3. Can I make this in advance for a party?

Absolutely! Just prepare the tea and topping ahead of time and keep them chilled separately. Assemble the drinks right before serving.

Restaurant-Style Thai Iced Tea

Recipe by Tania FaysalCourse: DrinksCuisine: Thai
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

25

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

200

kcal
Total time

30

minutes

Whip up a taste of Thailand with this quick and easy Thai tea recipe!

Ingredients

  • Tea Brew:
  • 2 ¼ cups water

  • 2 tablespoons Thai tea mix

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon black tea (optional)

  • 2 cups ice

  • Cream Topping:
  • ½ cup evaporated milk

  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Directions

  • Brew the Tea: Boil water and pour it over Thai tea mix, black tea, and brown sugar in a teapot. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then strain out the tea solids.
  • Chill and froth: Let the tea cool for 30 minutes, then pop it in the fridge for an extra chill. Meanwhile, combine the milks and freeze for 20 minutes. Once slightly frozen, whip it up with a milk frother until doubled in volume.
  • Assemble and sip!: Fill glasses with ice, pour in the chilled tea, and top with the creamy froth. Give it a stir and enjoy your homemade Thai iced tea bliss!

Notes

  • Use crushed ice instead of ice cubes to make it authentic Thai iced tea.
  • You can substitute the condensed milk and evaporated milk with vegan alternatives like coconut milk or oat milk. But the taste may differ.
  • If you don't have Thai tea mix, you can brew your black tea with chai ingredients like star anise, cardamom, cloves, and crushed tamarind. Don't forget to add a pinch of orange food color for that authentic feel.

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