I’m at the local Thai restaurant months ago and see there’s an option for “Thai Iced Tea”. As I have cut soda out of my life and basically only drink tea and water now, I jumped at the chance to try this new concoction.

Months ago, and today, I find this drink refreshing and different from any iced tea I’ve had!

It’s sweet but not super sweet.

It tastes like a creamy version of iced tea, if anything, the texture/flavor is comparable to the creamy bubble teas you can buy.

But what exactly is Thai Iced Tea anyway?

Here’s our answer from Wikipedia:

Thai tea, also known as Thai iced tea (Thai: ชาเย็น, rtgscha yen,  [t͡ɕʰāː jēn], lit. “cold tea”), is a Thai drink made from strongly brewed Ceylon tea. However, due to Ceylon tea’s high price, a locally grown landrace (traditional or semi-wild) version of Assam known as Bai Miang (ใบเมี่ยง)[1] with added food coloring[citation needed] is commonly used. Other ingredients may include added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled.Evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance.”

My next question is, can you make this at home, and make it easily?!

It looks like a mixed bag. Some require an “iced tea mix,” which looks like you buy on Amazon (here’s a link to one). Some you buy Thai tea and steep it, etc.

I truly enjoy this refreshing drink on a warmer day like today, and if you’re looking for it too, you can find it at most Thai restaurants, Caffe Bene had a bubble tea version of it, not sure if its there anymore (?) , and here are some DIY recipes:

http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/thai-tea-recipe/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/thai-iced-tea-recipe.html

Thai Iced Tea Recipe (ชาเย็น) – Authentic Street Food Style

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-thai-iced-tea-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-111690

Have you had Thai iced tea before?! Comment below! 🙂 

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