Thai Ice Tea

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Come on… did you really think I’d spend months on end in Thailand and NOT discuss this elixir of indulgence and bliss?  Anyone of us who has ever either been to Thailand or a Thai restaurant has had the divine and potentially diabetic coma inducing Thai Ice Tea, yes?

I don’t know what to tell you.  It’s good, it is.  There is no getting around this, even though really?  It’s got to be 80 kinds of bad given how sweet it is.  Anyone who laces a recipe with sweetened condensed milk should be both venerated and cursed.

This is all.

Thai Iced Tea

This is super easy and the condensed milk can be substituted with cream, half and half, milk and sugar, but honestly?  I don’t recommend it.

If you’re going to do this, DO it.  It’s delicious.  I do, however, suggest not making this every day without consulting a doctor frequently.  As well, Thai Tea isn’t always easy to find unless you’re in an ethnically diverse metropolitan area or have a Thai Town near by.  You can ask your Thai restaurants where they get theirs, and you can also get the lose tea through Amazon, here .  That is the brand I recommend, though there are others.

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups lose Thai Tea
  • 3 cups sweetened condensed milk

Optional:  more sugar to taste

1.  Bring water to boil and add the lose tea.  Simmer for about 3 – 5 minutes and then take off the flame.  Note:  If you really like your tea sweet, it is here that you would add your extra sugar and allow it to dissolve in the simmering water.  I recommend you work with 1/2 a cup and then see how this works for you.  Increase or decrease with other batches of tea to find the right sweetness for you.

2.  Steep tea while it cools off the burner.  Allow it to steep for at least 30 minutes, leaving it longer for a stronger tasting tea.

3.  Strain the tea leaves out and place in a pitcher

4.  Serve 1 cup of tea over ice in a glass, then add 1/2 cup of the sweetened condensed milk.

5.  For a touch of pretty, add a sprig of mint leaves to the top of your drink and enjoy!

Serves 6

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  1. This looks suuuper yummy! I had no idea it was so simple…can’t wait to give it a whirl.

  2. Oh that looks very yummy and easy to make. Reminds me of Vietnamese coffee which is also uses condensed milk.

    • Ohhhhh… Vietnamese coffee was another amazing surprise on this trip. It was beyond delicious. I dare say the secret to goodness might just be condensed milk.

  3. This looks delicious!
    Will be giving it a try quite soon.
    Thank you for sharing your divine recipe Elena <3

  4. Linda Brown says:

    Since I don’t usually like sweet drinks, I did not expect to love this, but I did – rich, creamy and decadent, 3 of my favorite things. How could I resist?

  5. sonjakeller1313 says:

    Oooh, looks divine – I must try this :)

  6. This looks delish! I am going to try it with coconut milk since I cannot eat dairy. Thanks for sharing.

  7. When I visited Thailand, I had this far too often. They called it milk tea. When I came back home, I made my own version with coconut milk and it’s really tasty! I just need to find Thai tea without the yellow food dye now.

  8. nutrikrystal says:

    I had one of these for the first time at a Thai restaurant in British Columbia last year. I was surprised at how good it was. I won’t be drinking them all the time, but I do plan to prepare myself a treat using your recipe :-)

  9. nutrikrystal says:

    I tried a Thai Tea for the first time last summer and loved it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I won’t be having them every day, but I will definitely prepare a treat for myself :-)

  10. I loooooove Thai iced tea…I usually like to use coconut milk in my tea – divine!!

  11. yum, sounds amazing!! And coconut milk is a great idea (from the comment above). xx

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