Cool down with a delicious Thai tea frappuccino you can easily make at home. It’s sweet, creamy, and a frozen version of the Thai iced tea served at restaurants.
Thai Tea Frappuccino
Thai tea frappuccino is a frozen Thai tea drink made with ice, Thai tea mix, evaporated milk, and sweetened with condensed milk.
Why You’ll Love It
- Incredibly easy to make at home.
- Icy, creamy, sweet–it hits the spot.
- If you love Thai iced tea, you’ll absolutely love this.
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What is Thai Tea?
Thai tea is a tea blend made up of black tea, spices, and food coloring.
Once brewed, it’s a dark red but once you add evaporated milk (crucial in getting the taste just right), it turns into that bright orange color we’re familiar with.
My Thai Tea Pick:
Questions You May Have
Can I take out the evaporated milk and put in regular milk?
Do not substitute the evaporated milk. I tried to make it without it initially and it did not taste the same.
Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, there is black tea in the Thai tea mix which means there is caffeine in this drink.
I don’t have a Vitamix, will my regular blender work?
You can use other blenders but make sure it’s powerful enough to blend ice evenly.
Why do you add black tea when there’s already tea in the Thai tea mix?
The Thai tea mix alone doesn’t have a strong tea flavor so I’m adding black tea.
Thai Tea Frappuccino Tips
- If you want to cut out some sugar, you can omit the dark brown sugar.
- You can make the Thai tea and the whipped cream 1-2 days ahead and store them in the refrigerator in airtight containers.
- Make sure all Thai tea is cold when adding it to the blender. Warm tea will melt the ice too quickly.
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What I Use to Make Thai Tea Frappuccino
- Thai tea mix
- Black tea
- Dark brown sugar (You can use regular sugar too.)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Ice cubes
- Heavy cream
- Vitamix blender
Do I love my Vitamix? YES. It makes frozen drinks perfectly.
- Glass cup
This recipe makes 2 servings in these 17 oz glasses.
- Spoon straw
These straws with a spoon attached are perfect for drinking frappuccinos.
- Glass teapot with a strainer
The strainer attached to the lid makes it really easy to brew tea.
- Electric kettle with temperature setting
A must for all tea drinkers.
- Handheld milk frother
Makes whipped cream in small batches in seconds. I use this to froth milk for tea lattes too.
How to Make Thai Tea Frappuccino
There are two parts to this drink:
- Whipped cream topping
- Frozen Thai tea
Make Whipped Cream Topping
STEP 1: Whip together heavy cream and sugar.
Using a handheld milk frother, whisk heavy cream and white sugar together to make whipped cream.
I’ve found this to be the easiest and quickest way to make whipped cream for drinks.
Whisk until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Make Thai Tea
Making the Thai tea takes the longest time in that it needs time to cool. I like to make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
Once the Thai tea is ready, the frappuccino is made in literally seconds.
STEP 2: Boil water.
I like to use an electric kettle with temperature setting so I don’t have to boil water on the stovetop. Set the water to 190°F.
STEP 4: Strain out tea leaves and stir in brown sugar. Put in refrigerator to chill.
Let it cool down a bit then put it in the refrigerator.
The Thai tea needs to be chilled for the best frappuccino texture. If the tea is too warm, it’ll melt the ice too quickly when blending.
STEP 5: Blend Thai tea ingredients with ice.
Ice, brewed and chilled Thai tea, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk all go into the blender.
I have a Vitamix blender that really is the holy grail of kitchen appliances. The Vitamix makes the perfect frozen drinks.
Start on low, then crank it up to high. I use the tamper tool to push any ice cubes down to make sure the consistency is perfect.
I blend for less than a minute. The drink should be slushy, like pictured above.
STEP 6: Pour frozen Thai tea into two cups.
This drink makes two 17 oz drinks which is a little bigger than a Starbucks grande (16 oz).
STEP 7: Top with whipped cream.
Take the whipped cream from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir or whisk, and spoon it on top of drink.
Serve with a straw and drink immediately.
Frozen Thai Tea
- 4 cups ice
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons Thai tea mix
- 1 tablespoon black tea
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Whip together heavy cream and sugar.
I use a handheld milk frother and whisk until it forms soft peaks. Set aside.
- Boil water.
I like to use an electric kettle with temperature setting (at 190°F) so I don't have to boil water on the stovetop.
- Put Thai tea mix, black tea, and hot water in a teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain out tea leaves and stir in brown sugar. Put in refrigerator to chill.
- Blend Thai tea ingredients with ice.
Ice, brewed and chilled Thai tea, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk all go into the blender. Start on low, then turn it up to high.
- Pour frozen Thai tea into two cups.
- Top with whipped cream.
Serve with a straw and drink immediately.
I used a Vitamix blender which makes frozen drinks effortlessly.