Thai Iced Tea is infused with star anise, cloves and sweetened with sweetened condensed milk.
The traditional version, which is popular in Thailand, has orange food coloring. It is omitted from this creative variation of the recipe.
Several years ago, I heard about Thai Iced Tea from a colleague who loved Thai food.
My colleague’s enthusiasm inspired me to research the recipe and make some.
WHAT IS THAI TEA?
Thai tea is known in Thailand as Cha Yen which means cold tea. The original mixture consisted of black tea, condensed milk and crushed ice.
Thai Iced Tea, filled with crushed ice, is commonly used to counterbalance spicy Thai foods.
Sometimes the tea is served on its own.
The climate is hot in Thailand which is why sweetened condensed milk is popular. Canned milk doesn’t require refrigeration.
Thai Iced Tea is made with sweetened condensed milk and often topped with evaporated milk.
STAR ANISE & CLOVES
Star anise is one of the most delicate herb plants related to dill, fennel and cumin. This spice is made from the fruit of the Chinese evergreen tree Illicium verum.
It’s named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested. The flavor is very similar to licorice.
I love the flavor.
HOW TO MAKE
Classic Thai Iced Tea can be made two ways:
1. Use a packaged tea mix which includes orange coloring, spices and black tea.
2. Make from scratch with strong black tea.
Although the orange color is beautiful, it is omitted from my twist on the traditional recipe.
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Thai Iced Tea
- 2 cups hot water
- 2 each black tea bags
- 2 each star anise
- 2 each dried cloves
- 4 tablespoons evaporated milk, divided
- 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, divided
- sugar to taste (optional)
- crushed ice Or use ice cubes.
- Fill two heatproof cups or glasses with boiling hot water. Use a 12-ounce or 16-ounce size.
- Place 1 black tea bag, 1 star anise and 1 clove in each cup. Allow to steep (or sit) 10 minutes. Water will turn a dark golden brown.
- Remove tea bag, star anise and clove. Discard tea bag. Place star anise and clove in a freezer bag. Refrigerate for later use.
- Add 3 tablespoons of evaporated milk ad 3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to each cup or glass. Stir until well combined.
- Taste sample. If desired, add 1 tablespoon more of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and sugar.
- Add crushed ice. Serve immediately.