How to make Thai iced tea


What’s the best way to make Thai iced tea?

Once you’ve tried Thai iced tea, it’s hard to go back to living without it. It’s a fun and delicious way to get some caffeine and break up your coffee routine.

You can head to a boba tea shop or a Thai restaurant to satisfy your craving, but it can get expensive. The easiest way to get your fix is ​​also the most affordable – learn how to make it yourself. If you have everything at home, you can do it anytime.

What is Thai Iced Tea?

Thai iced tea is a highly caffeinated black tea with a noticeable orange tint. After the tea is prepared, it is mixed with condensed milk or cream to give it a frothy look and flavor. You mix with sugar and put everything on ice. It’s sweet, cold and a little filling, similar to a milkshake.

What are the ingredients in Thai iced tea?

  • Thai tea blend: Loose black tea is blended with spices and packaged in individual or larger teabags. Thai tea can also come in powdered form.
  • Milk: You can use condensed milk or heavy cream for the proper flavor. It is possible to use lighter milk or non-dairy milk products, but this will alter the flavor.
  • Ice: Any style of ice can be used, but larger cubes are best.
  • Sweetener: Use sugar or simple syrup if needed. Some Thai tea blends already contain sugar.
  • Optional – Bob: Boba bubbles are optional but can make your treat even better.

How to prepare Thai iced tea?

Thai iced tea can be prepared easily at home in less than 15 minutes. This gives you a bit of time to put everything together, but if you have instant tea it will be much faster.

  • Gather the ingredients: Take a moment to make sure you have everything you need before making the tea. This can save you frustration if you have to go to the store to buy heavy cream or boba pearls. Once you have everything in it, take your tallest glass and a wide reusable straw to swallow it all.
  • Brew the tea: Powdered and loose leaf Thai tea should be steeped in hot water for a little while. With loose tea, use a strainer to remove the leaves before adding sugar or milk. Both styles of Thai tea have yellow food coloring added to give the drink its dark orange appearance. If you have time, let the tea cool in the refrigerator before blending.
  • Add sweetener: You can use sugar, artificial sweeteners, or simple syrup to sweeten your tea. If you decide to make your own simple syrup, simply mix equal amounts of sugar and water. This can be done quickly by using the microwave and stirring every five to 10 seconds until the mixture resembles a clear, runny syrup.
  • Make it milky: The most commonly used milks are condensed milk and heavy cream. These thicken and enrich the tea, making it authentically filling. However, if you don’t have one on hand or need a non-dairy substitute, you can use whipping cream, milk, or non-dairy cream to give your tea a similar consistency.
  • Add bubbles: Black tapioca pearls really enhance a good milk tea. It’s not a necessary ingredient, but it is a popular ingredient. Add them to the bottom of the glass after the tea but before the ice cubes to prevent the pearls from sticking together. This puts the boba in the perfect spot to be sucked into your wide straw.
  • Don’t forget the ice cream: Ice is essential in Thai iced tea, and you want a lot of it. Make sure you have enough if you plan to make multiple iced teas. Fill each glass to the top for maximum freshness.

What You Should Buy for Thai Iced Tea

Pantai Norasingh Thai Iced Tea Blend

This is a traditional restaurant style tea blend with 227 servings per bag. The 16 ounce bag includes instructions for Thai tea and Thai milk tea.

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ChaTraMue Thai Tea Blend

ChaTraMue Thai Tea Blend

This tea blend has an authentic recipe with easy steeping instructions on the back of the bag. It comes in powder form and is imported from Thailand.

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Wangderm Authentic Thai Iced Tea

Wangderm Authentic Thai Iced Tea

This restaurant-level Thai iced tea set comes with 65 bags that you can brew at home. It includes three simple steps of instructions for preparing tea and a strainer to remove tea leaves.

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WuFuYuan Boba Tapioca Pearl DIY Set

WuFuYuan Boba Tapioca Pearl DIY Set

These are easy to make tapioca pearls with a good consistency and flavor. The package includes three reusable metal straws, a straw cleaner, a canvas bag and three bags of boba beads.

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Boba Premium Locca tea bag

Boba Premium Locca tea bag

This kit comes with what you need to make Thai, Jasmine, and Black tea. It includes three flavors of loose leaf tea, tapioca pearls, and boba straws.

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