Making Thai iced tea at home is easy! Delicious and refreshing, this Thai tea recipe has a lovely rich layer of sweetened milk.
Thai Iced Tea
Thai iced tea is a drink that’s deliciously sweet and refreshing. I’ve always ordered it at Thai restaurants but found out that it’s really easy to recreate it at home.
The base of this orange drink is tea, spices, and (surprise, surprise!) food coloring. If you’ve ever wondered how the drink is so bright orange, it’s 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 the bright orange color we’re so familiar with.
Thai iced tea is sweet, contains dairy, and cold so it’s the perfect drink to have with spicy food.
Tips on Making the Best Homemade Thai Tea
- There’s a lot of sugar in Thai iced tea.
I tried making this Thai iced tea recipe with less sugar and it really didn’t taste the same as the ones I would get at Thai restaurants. Don’t skimp on the sugar.
- Don’t replace evaporated milk with half & half.
I first made the drink with half & half but it was missing something. That something was evaporated milk.
- Use strong brewed tea.
Since the Thai tea gets diluted in the ice, you want to brew the tea strong otherwise it tastes too watery. I wanted to get some good tea in with the cheap Thai tea mix so I added in black tea.
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Thai Iced Tea Mix
The easiest way to make Thai iced tea at home is with a Thai tea mix. It’s a packaged blend of black tea and spices so it takes the guesswork of trying to create an authentic flavor.
When I was first testing out the recipe, I couldn’t figure out why the Thai iced tea didn’t taste so great. Fred, the chef at my favorite tea spot, Te Company, (subscribe to his YouTube channel!) suggested I add black tea to the Thai tea mix to boost the tea flavor. It worked!
Does Thai Tea Have Caffeine?
Yes, there is caffeine in Thai iced tea. The base of the Thai tea mix is black tea and black tea contains caffeine.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, I wouldn’t drink this too late in the day.
What I Used to Make The Best Thai Iced Tea
- Thai tea mix
- Black tea
- Sugar (I used dark brown sugar.)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Glass teapot with strainer lid
A super easy way to brew tea at home. Bonus, it’s really easy to clean!
- Tall weck jars
How I store my Thai tea in the refrigerator.
- Milk Frother
It froths milk super quick and I love that it’s rechargeable and cordless.
How to Make Thai Iced Tea
There are two parts to this Thai iced tea recipe. The first is brewing the tea and the second is whipping up the sweet, creamy froth that sits on top of the drink.
Let’s start with the tea.
Strain the tea and let it cool for about 30 minutes.
The tea should be a really dark red color.
The tea stains LIKE CRAZY. If you spill even a drop, make sure you wipe it up quick.
I love these Weck tall jars and they’re perfect for storing tea in the refrigerator.
I use them to store cold brew iced tea all summer long.
While the tea is cooling, make the milky froth.
Stir together sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk in a container and freeze for about 15- 20 minutes.
You’ll know the milk mixture is ready when you see a crystallized layer forming around the sides.
Use a handheld milk frother to whisk until the sweetened milk nearly doubles in volume. It should look nice and fluffy.
Resist the urge to drink this as is.
Ok, now it’s ready to combine the two to make this incredibly refreshing drink.
Fill a cup with ice and pour in the cooled down tea. If you want it to be more authentic, use crushed ice since that’s how it’s usually served in Thailand.
Leave some room at the top of the cup for the froth.
Since we just whipped the milk, it’s light and airy and will sit on top of the tea. Well, for a few seconds anyway.
It’ll slowly make its way down the drink, turning the dark red to a bright orange.
It’s so pretty to see the color change.
Stir before drinking so that the tea is mixed well with the milk.