Don’t just make any Thai iced tea, make the absolute best one. This delicious and decadent drink tastes even better than the ones you’ve had at Thai restaurants!
Thai Iced Tea
Thai iced tea is a drink that’s deliciously sweet and refreshing.
- Surprisingly easy to make at home.
- The base of a Thai iced tea is tea, spices, and (surprise, surprise!) food coloring.
- The bright orange color is from the red and yellow food coloring that’s added to the Thai tea mix.
- Thai tea comes out a dark red color when brewed but the addition of milk turns it into bright orange.
- Thai iced tea is sweet, contains dairy, and cold so it’s the perfect drink to have with spicy food.
- There’s caffeine in Thai iced tea.
Three Secrets to The Best Thai Iced Tea
SECRET #1: Lots of sugar
There’s a ton of it in a Thai iced tea. And if you try to cut down on it, it definitely won’t taste as good.
SECRET #2: Evaporated milk
The Thai iced tea definitely won’t have the same restaurant-style taste without the evaporated milk. Don’t swap this out for another dairy like cream thinking it’ll taste as good — it won’t.
SECRET #3: Thai tea mix
It’s the legit way to get that authentic orange color and taste.
My Iced Tea Mix Pick:
Thai Iced Tea Tips
- To give this Thai iced tea a stronger tea flavor, I added some black tea to the Thai iced tea mix. (Thanks, for the suggestion, Fred!)
- The Thai tea can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to drink, just add in the condensed milk and evaporated milk.
- To make the drink truly authentic, use crushed ice instead of ice cubes.
Free iced tea cheat sheet
Sign up for my free email list and get this iced tea cheat sheet.
What You’ll Need
- Thai tea mix
- Black tea
- Dark brown sugar
You can also use regular white sugar.
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Filtered water
- Glass teapot with strainer
- Handheld milk frother
Froths milk super quick and easy.
- Tall Weck jars
To store Thai tea in the refrigerator.
How to Make Thai Iced Tea
There are two parts to this drink:
- Thai tea brewed strong by adding in black tea.
- Sweetened condensed milk froth to make it completely decadent.
STEP 1: Boil water.
Tea tastes better when it’s made with the best water. Use filtered water if you can.
Bring 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil on the stovetop. If you’re using an electric kettle with a temperature setting like I do, set the water temperature to 208°F.
STEP 2: Combine Thai tea mix, black tea, sugar, and hot water in a teapot.
STEP 3: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
STEP 4: Strain tea solids and let tea cool.
The tea should be a really dark red color.
NOTE: The food coloring from the Thai tea mix stains LIKE CRAZY. If you spill even a drop, make sure you wipe it up quickly.
STEP 5: Combine sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk and freeze for 20 minutes.
The milk mixture is ready when you see a crystallized layer forming around the sides.
STEP 6: Whip sweetened milk mixture.
Use a handheld milk frother to whisk until the slightly frozen sweetened milk nearly doubles in volume.
Time to assemble the drink!
STEP 7: Divide each component into two cups. Fill cups with ice, pour in tea, and top with milk froth.
Fill a cup with ice and pour in the cooled down tea. Leave some room at the top of the cup for the froth.
Top the drinks with the light and airy whipped milky froth.
It’ll slowly make its way down the drink, turning the dark red to a bright orange.
Stir before drinking so that the tea is mixed well with the milk.
- Thai Tea Frappuccino
- Iced Chai Latte
- Earl Grey Iced Tea with Cream Froth
- Iced Matcha Latte
- Iced Coffee with Cream Froth
- MAKE THAI TEA:
Bring water to a boil on the stovetop. If using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set water temperature to 208°F.
(Filtered water is best.)
- Combine Thai tea mix, black tea, sugar, and hot water in a teapot.
Use a teapot with a strainer to make it easier to filter tea.
- Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain tea solids and let tea cool.
About 30 minutes should be enough time for the tea to cool.
- MAKE SWEETENED MILK FROTH:
While tea is cooling, make the sweetened milk froth.
Combine sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk and freeze for 20 minutes.
You'll know the milk mixture is ready when you see a crystallized layer forming around the sides.
- Whip sweetened milk mixture.
Use a handheld milk frother to whisk until the slightly frozen sweetened milk nearly doubles in volume. It should look nice and fluffy.
- ASSEMBLE THAI ICED TEA:
Divide each component into two cups. Fill cups with ice, pour in tea, and top with milk froth.
Stir before drinking.
- Do not replace evaporated milk with cream or half & half.
- I used dark brown sugar but white sugar will also work.