What is Thai Tea?
It’s a delicious, creamy drink that brings together the flavours of Thailand in one glass. With its strong tea base and sweetened condensed milk, Thai iced tea is a unique and decadent beverage.
Thai tea leaves are characterised by their bold flavour and deep orange colour, which is usually enhanced with the addition of sugar, condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Each ingredient brings something special to the mix that can’t be found when they’re not combined.
Whether it’s the sweetness from the condensed milk or the creaminess of the evaporated milk, Thai iced tea is a truly delicious experience. And with this recipe, you can have it any time you want!
How to Make Thai Tea
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) Thai tea leaves
- 1 cup (240 ml) water
- 1 ½ tablespoons (22 ml) sweetened condensed milk
- 3 teaspoons (15 ml) sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons (20 ml) evaporated milk
- To make Thai tea, steep the tea leaves in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. You can choose to use a cloth filter bag or just steep the tea in a cup and strain it through a paper filter.
- Combine condensed milk, sugar, and salt in a mixing glass while the tea is steeping. When the tea is ready, pour it into the glass and stir until the sugar and condensed milk are dissolved.
- To serve, add ice to a glass and fill with mixed tea, leaving some space at the top.
- Drizzle the top with some evaporated milk, and enjoy!
Thai Tea Leaves vs Powder Mix
When it comes to making Thai tea, you have the option of using either tea leaves or a powder mix. Tea leaves are better for creating an authentic flavour, and they can be steeped multiple times to create a stronger flavour. On the other hand, a powder mix is usually more convenient as it only needs to be combined with hot water and condensed milk.
No matter which one you choose, Thai tea is always a treat!
Drinking black tea regularly provides various health benefits as it is rich in antioxidants. It can prevent cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. It also contains polyphenols that combat weight gain by obstructing the absorption of lipids and complex sugars. Moreover, it can aid in preventing or easing chronic illnesses and inflammation.
Sweet enough to be a Thai dessert on its own, Thai tea is a drink that you can enjoy as much or little as you want. Its perfect balance of sweet and strong makes it a favourite among tea lovers around the world.
So why not try making your own? With this easy recipe, you don’t have to worry about finding an authentic Thai restaurant in order to get your hands on some delicious Thai iced tea! All you need is a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience, and soon enough you’ll be able to taste this heavenly drink for yourself. Enjoy!