This Thai Iced Tea is very simple with just 3 ingredients, so refreshing and kind of tastes like drinkable ice cream. Inspired by our last trip to Thailand in July. We drank a bunch of it. It’s my husband’s favorite Thai drink and that may include everything except Thai beers. ha ha.
Before our trip to Thailand. I went to a local ice cream shop in our city called Coneflower. They have the most amazing ice cream in town. Love their farm to table concept and they make everything from scratch. One of their flavors is Thai Tea. I loved it so much I bought a pint and ate it all by myself. Well, not in one day, it did take a couple of days. It was so good and tasted just like Thai Iced Tea. Highly recommended!
Back to Thai Iced Tea, I remember watching my Thai roommate make it when I lived with her during our grad school years. Didn’t really pay attention but I remember she bought Thai tea in a huge bag and brewed a huge ladle full of it using a coffee machine. She then added a can of condensed milk, sugar, chilled and served over ice. I don’t have the basic coffee machine like that anymore, as I sigh and roll my eyes as I glance over to my fancy schmancy Keurig. I don’t want to buy one just to make Thai Iced Tea, plus I found my favorite brand of Thai Tea and it comes in little bags, so I just put them in hot water just like the way I made Raspberry Tea, Peach Tea and Blueberry Tea.
First, you’ll need real Thai tea. Notice the key word “real”. Nothing tastes and smells like real Thai tea. I used black tea before and it’s nothing like the real stuff. Some said if you add star anise to regular black tea, but I’ve never tried it and have no reasons since I have the real stuff.
This is the brand I use, you should be able to find it at your local grocery store. There’s another kind, same brand in a red box (or bag), which is the original. Today I used the “Extra Gold” to step my game up. But to be honest, I can’t taste the difference. ha ha
Here’s the red and it is in a big bag instead of a box, so you will have to use about 10-12 tablespoons, then filter through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
Let’s make some Thai Iced Tea!
Bring 3 quarts (12 cups) of water to a boil.
Turn off the heat, add 12 Thai tea bags into the pot and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, discard the tea bags.
If you didn’t use the individual tea bag type, use about 10-12 tablespoons and filter through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
Add a can of sweet condensed milk (14 oz.). Stir to combine.
Here’s the picture of condensed milk if you never use one.
Add 3/4 cup to 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
I used 1 cup of sugar and I think it’s a little bit too sweet if you drink it without ice. So, it depends to your liking. I think 1 cup is good if you serve it over ice. So, taste it to see how you like it. Just remember one thing, when it’s hot, it tastes less sweet.
Refrigerate and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice. Enjoy!
See how simple? I really hope you give this Thai Iced Tea a try. The recipe card is below.
- 12 Thai Tea bags
- 3 quarts of water (12 cups)
- 1 can (14 oz.) of sweet condensed milk
- ¾ to 1 cup of sugar
- Bring water to a boil. Turn off the heat, add Thai tea bags into the pot and let sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, discard the tea bags.
- Add sweet condensed milk. Stir to combine.
- Add ¾ cup to 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Taste it to see how you like it. Just remember one thing, when it's hot, it tastes less sweet.
- Refrigerate and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve over ice. Enjoy!