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Thai Iced Tea

September 2, 2016

This Thai Iced Tea is your savior on a hot summer day. Featuring black tea, coconut cream, anise, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger, it’s a true flavor bomb!

If you are looking for something refreshing and crazy delicious at the same time, this Thai Iced Tea is for you. It's flavored with anise, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more! | cookingtheglobe.com

The summer has officially ended. Yeah yeah, I know that you guys who are from the United States consider the fall starting on September 21st, right? Here, in Europe, we’ve always considered September 1st to be the first day of the new season. That’s when summer holidays end and children in our country return to school. But that’s another story. What I wanted to say here is that despite the season change it’s still blazing hot where I live! It’s just impossible to be outside on such days. Unless… You have something to freshen you up!

If you are looking for something refreshing and crazy delicious at the same time, this Thai Iced Tea is for you. It's flavored with anise, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more! | cookingtheglobe.com

Me and my wife, we love making all kinds of beverages to keep us cool when scorching days arrive. Cold coffee, smoothies, various juice cocktails, to name a few. Cold tea is also a favorite of ours, since we enjoy tea so much. I would even say that I am a fan, because there is no day without me having 3-4 cups of this flavorful drink. While I can drink tons of hot tea, when it comes to the chilled version my taste buds require more flavor. It’s just not as good when it’s cold (at least to me). You can improve it though. Only few changes and your cold tea will sparkle with new colors!

If you are looking for something refreshing and crazy delicious at the same time, this Thai Iced Tea is for you. It's flavored with anise, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more! | cookingtheglobe.com

Let me introduce you one of the best beverages to quench the thirst – Thai Iced Tea. If you have ever visited a Thai restaurant you should have seen it on the menu. It’s really popular. Perfect not only for beating the summer heat, but also for beating the heat coming from spicy Asian curries! When I tried it for the first time, somewhere about half a year ago, I firmly decided to replicate it at home. Luckily for me, there are hundreds of recipes online that help you to come pretty close to the restaurant’s version!

At first I thought that it’s only possible to make Thai Iced Tea using an actual Thai tea, but a simple black tea does the job perfectly. Besides it, this exotic chilled tea also features star anise, vanilla extract, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and coconut cream / milk or sweetened condensed milk. Phew, how is that for a combination?

If you are looking for something refreshing and crazy delicious at the same time, this Thai Iced Tea is for you. It's flavored with anise, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more! | cookingtheglobe.com

I used a light coconut milk as I am cutting a little bit on fatty products lately, but feel free to use a simple condensed milk (just skip sugar if using a sweetened version) or, alternatively, a coconut cream. You just have to find out which version you like the most.

What can I say? I made this Thai Iced Tea dozens of times this summer and it will surely be one of my top beverages next season too. The taste is impeccable! All the spices combine so well together. Try it! If you are looking for something refreshing and crazy delicious at the same time, this Thai Iced Tea is for you. It's flavored with anise, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Thai Iced Tea
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Black tea, coconut cream, anise, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger mixed together to create the ultimate summer drink!

Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2 people
Calories Per Serving: 396 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 star anise + more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cloves whole
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons loose black tea , or 1-2 tea bags
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream , coconut milk, or sweetened condensed milk (exclude sugar in this case)
Instructions
  1. Bring water, anise, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and tea to a boil in a large saucepan. Continue boiling for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  2. Strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. Add the sugar and stir. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve, pour some tea into a glass, top with 1/4 cup coconut milk or any other product you are using, and garnish with the star anise. Add some ice if you want to. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Tea: More Than 80 Delicious Recipes by Sarina Jacobson

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Katie Crenshaw September 3, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Igor, your photos are beautiful. I can almost taste the Thai Iced Tea just looking at your photos. I love Thai Tea. It is one of my indulgence that I get when I eat at my favorite Thai restaurant. I have never personally made it. You make it look so easy. I will have to give it a try!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks for the kinds words, Katie! This iced tea is one of my favorites 🙂

  • Reply Dahn @savor the Best September 4, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Great drink for a hot day but I would drink this in the dead of winter too. I love Thai tea, this recipe looks great and the pictures look wonderful

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Yup, I can also drink it any time of the year 😉

  • Reply Mrs Minty Cream September 4, 2016 at 4:14 am

    To be honest, I always hesitate ordering this drink from restaurant because usually they are too sweet for me. But after looking at your recipe, I am tempted to try making it at home myself. Thanks for the share 🙂

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Sometimes they really are too sweet. That’s why making this tea at home is a perfect option. You can add as much sugar as you want to!

  • Reply Kavey September 4, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Love the look of this. I drink so much iced coffee but rarely iced tea, so great reminder.

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Iced tea is often overlooked. You can buy iced coffee almost everywhere while a good iced tea is hard to find 🙂

  • Reply Diana September 4, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This sounds very delicious! Especially when you mentioned condensed milk yumm!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      I am glad you like it, Diana! 🙂

  • Reply Aish September 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I liked that clouding in the glass shot. Yum

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I love this shot!

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry September 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I like using light coconut milk. all the taste but less of the calories. Looks simply refreshing and delicious

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      I absolutely agree with you, Bintu. Light coconut milk is more than enough for me in the Thai iced tea.

  • Reply Claudia | Gourmet Project September 5, 2016 at 7:11 am

    It’s still very hot here in Rome too, so this thai tea goes in my end of summer bucket list 🙂 lovely recipe and pics!

    • Reply Igor September 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      You will love it, Claudia! 😉

  • Reply Pat C.Wilson September 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    this is an ideal drink on a hot summer day. i suggest try this out with greentea ( if you don’t have greentea, use some macha powder), its flavor is much better. 😀 thanks for sharing this, Igor.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thanks for the suggestion, Pat! I will try it next time I am making this iced tea

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