Ice-Cold Thai Tea Frappuccino

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.

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Thai Tea Frappuccino

I love Thai iced tea and with the heat wave in NYC right now, I wanted to make a frozen version. I tested the recipe a few times to get it just right and holy crap!

My Thai tea frappuccino is a frozen Thai tea drink made with ice, Thai tea mix, evaporated milk, and sweetened with condensed milk. I top it all off with a dollop of whipped cream. 

*Record scratching sound.*

IT’S SOOOO GOOD.

Icy, creamy, sweet–it hits the spot. The best part? It’s easy to make. 

What is Thai Tea?

Thai tea is a tea blend made up of black tea, spices, and food coloring. (That’s where the drink gets its signature orange color.)

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.

Why You’ll Love This Thai Tea Frappuccino Recipe

  • It’s heaven topped off with a cloud of whipped cream.
  • Incredibly easy to make at home.
  • Instantly will cool you down from the blended ice. (Drink slowly so you don’t get brain freeze!)
  • Only appliance needed is a blender.
  • Thai tea can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.

Is there Caffeine in Thai Tea Frappuccino?

Yes, there is black tea in the Thai tea mix which means there is caffeine in this drink.

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Thai tea frappuccino ingredients

What I Used to Make This Thai Tea Frappuccino

Thai tea

How to Make Thai Tea Frappuccino

Make Thai tea.

Making the Thai tea takes the longest time in that it needs time to cool. I like to make the Thai tea ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. 

Once the Thai tea is ready, the frappuccino is made in literally seconds.

Combine Thai tea mix and black tea in a teapot. Add hot water and steep for 5 minutes.

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Steeped Thai tea

Strain out the tea leaves and stir in brown sugar. Let it cool down a bit then put it in the refrigerator to chill.

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 the two together.

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Whipped cream

Make whipped cream.

Using a handheld milk frother, whisk heavy cream and white sugar together to make whipped cream. (I use the frother attachment and it works great.)

Whip until it forms soft peaks.

I make the whipped cream while the tea is cooling and put that in the refrigerator too. You can make whipped cream the day before and keep it in the refrigerator.

Just make sure to whip it a little bit more (3-5 seconds) before you’re ready to use it.

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Adding evaporated milk to Thai tea

Blend Thai tea with ice.

I have a Vitamix blender that really is the holy grail of kitchen appliances. I don’t know how I lived before it. (Only partially joking.)

The Vitamix makes the perfect frappuccinos. Full stop. 

You can use other blenders but make sure it’s powerful enough to blend the ice.

Ice, brewed and chilled Thai tea, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk all go into the blender.

Start on low, then crank it up to high. I use the tamper to push any ice cubes down to make sure the consistency is perfect.

Thai tea frappuccino in a blender

I blend for less than a minute. The drink should be slushy, like pictured above. 

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Thai tea frappuccino

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).

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Thai tea frappuccino with whipped cream

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. Be amazed at the delicious and cooling drink you just made. 

Thai Tea Frappuccino Tips

  • Do not substitute the evaporated milk. I tried to replace it with half & half and it definitely did not taste the same.
  • If you want to cut out some sugar, you can omit the dark brown sugar from the Thai tea.
  • 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.
 
 
 

Thai Tea Frappuccino

Thai Tea Frappuccino

Yield: Makes 2 servings

Brain freezing, ice cold Thai tea frappuccino drink recipe.

Ingredients

Thai Tea

Whipped cream

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

Instructions

  1. Make Thai tea.
    Combine Thai tea mix and black tea in a teapot. Add hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves and stir in brown sugar. Let it cool down a bit then put it in the refrigerator to chill.
  2. Make whipped cream.
    Using a handheld milk frother, whisk heavy cream and white sugar together to make whipped cream. Whip until soft peaks forms.
  3. Blend Thai tea with ice.
    Add ice, brewed and chilled Thai tea, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk into a blender. Start on low, then turn it up to high. I use the tamper to push any ice cubes down to make sure the consistency is smooth.
  4. Pour frozen Thai tea into two cups.
  5. Top with whipped cream.
    Serve with a straw and drink immediately.

Notes

I used a Vitamix blender which makes frozen drinks effortlessly.

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3 Comments

  • PAUL GILMARTIN
    4 months ago

    Why do you mix the Thai tea mix with regular black tea is this to get more of a tea profile in the final drink

    • Oh, How Civilized
      4 months ago

      Hi Paul, yes, exactly why! I like more of a tea flavor so I add in the extra black tea.

  • PAUL GILMARTIN
    4 months ago

    Thanks for responding just saw going to make some now 🙂

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