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Thai Tea Recipe


Thai Tea
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Similar to Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee, Thai Iced Tea is a mix of black tea, spices, sugar, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. It's a great drink for fans of masala chai and other spiced or milky black teas.

Thai Tea is often made with a low-grade powder or syrup, but in this recipe, it gets its flavor from good quality black tea and spices.

If you like Thai Tea, you might also enjoy Cha Yen Thai Iced Tea, which is similar to Thai Iced Tea, but replaces the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk with lime juice and jasmine essence.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Two small servings


  • 2 tbsp. strong, loose-leaf black tea, such as Ceylon, Assam or Keemun (Alternatively, you can use 4 teabags of strong black tea, or you can make a caffeine-free Thai Iced Tea with 4 tbsp. rooibos)
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 1/8 vanilla bean (optional)
  • ground tamarind, to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. evaporated milk (or coconut milk or whole milk)
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Steep the tea and spices in boiling water for five minutes.
  2. Strain the tea.
  3. Stir in the sugar and sweetened condensed milk until both are completely dissolved.
  4. Pour into two small glasses and drizzle with evaporated milk (or coconut milk or whole milk).
  5. Serve immediately.

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