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.
What I Used to Make This Thai Tea Frappuccino
- Thai tea mix
- Black tea
- Sugar (I used dark brown sugar.)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Ice cubes
- White sugar and heavy cream for the whipped 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.
- Gooseneck electric kettle
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.
- Weck jars
I use these jars to store brewed tea in the refrigerator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I blend for less than a minute. The drink should be slushy, like pictured above.
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).
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.