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Homegirl's Thai Iced Tea

Recipe, photography, and videography by Bev Davis.


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Posted January 15, 2018

According to Wikipedia, Thai Iced Tea or cha yen in Thailand, is a drink made from strongly brewed black tea, sweetened with sugar and condensed milk.  Served over ice.  Several years ago, a dear friend (aka homegirl) introduced me to Thai Iced Tea... with a verbal description!  To this day, I've never tasted the authentic version.  It could be because mine is sooooo good.  This delicious twist does not contain orange food coloring and is made with a milder black tea.  I also like to create ice cubes with one cup of tea.  Ice cubes keep the tea strong to the last drop.  This recipe makes one generous serving. Enjoy!

Star Anise is a delicate herb plant related to dill, fennel, and cumin. Used to flavor cordials and liqueurs. Popular in France where it's used to season fish, soup, seafood, and shell fish. In India, it's used in veggies and seafood. In China, it's used to add a nice flavor to Thai Iced Tea.

My ingredients.  Sugar not pictured.


2 black tea bags

2 Star Anise

2 whole cloves

2 cups boiling water

sugar as preferred

3 tablespoons evaporated milk

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk


Place tea bags, Star Anise, cloves in a heat proof container.  Pour in boiling water.  Steep 20 minutes.  Remove spices and tea bags.  Sweeten lightly (or as preferred).  Taste.  Chill at least 30 minutes in fridge.

Use a glass tall enough to hold ice cubes, chilled tea, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.  Stir together with a spoon.  Enjoy!   

Makes one generous serving.



Pour one cup of tea into an ice tray.  Freeze until frozen solid.  Place cubes in a tall glass.  Add a cup of Homegirl's Thai Iced Tea.  The results will be full flavored and sweet.  If desired, lighten the flavor with two tablespoons (or more) of water and taste.  Add more water if desired.


After making tea, drain spices.  Place in zippered bag.  Store in freezer.  Use the next time you make tea