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How To Make Thai Iced Tea

Bubble tea has come a long way from where it used to be. This beverage was originally enjoyed mainly in Taiwan and Hong Kong but is now widely consumed everywhere. Bubble tea shops are popping up all over the world, each with their own take on what bubble tea is!

Despite all the great and new exotic flavors that are being invented yearly, there is no doubt that Thai iced tea is still one of the most popular yet simplistic flavors ever to be created.

In this article, we are going to explain how to make your own restaurant-style Thai tea in your own kitchen! It’s much more cost effective and just as delicious.

However, before we get into the recipe, we’d just like to give some background knowledge on Thai iced tea.

What is Thai Tea?

Thai iced tea, which is also commonly referred to as “Thai Tea”, is a very popular drink that originates from Thailand. It can typically be found in almost all boba shops and most Thai restaurants in the United States.

Thai tea is made from strongly brewed black tea, then sweetened with sugar and/or condensed milk, then some type of dairy product is added to cut down on the strong tea flavoring to give it a smooth yet bold taste, and it is usually served over ice. Sounds amazing right? 

 Authentic Thai tea from The Bep

Why is Thai Tea Orange?

If you don’t know, Thai tea has a very distinct and beautiful amber/orange color that demands your attention. This color is achieved when strong black tea meets a smooth and mellow dairy. The dairy used for Thai iced tea is typically evaporated milk, whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk (yes, we know coconut milk isn’t really dairy, but you got the idea). So, don’t be alarmed by the orange color of Thai tea, because that color is achieved naturally and is totally safe to consume!

Note: Sometimes the tea leaves used for Thai tea can be dyed with food coloring to give it an even more intense amber/orange color. This food coloring is harmless, don’t let it deter you from trying this amazing boba flavor! 

Does Thai Tea Have Caffeine?

A lot of our followers ask us if Thai tea has a lot of caffeine, and that answer is yes and no. It really depends on the type of method used to make the tea. For example, if one were to use decaffeinated tea then there will wouldn’t be any caffeine (although there still might be traces of caffeine as the process to remove caffeine isn’t perfect). In other words, decaf teas or coffee still have traces of caffeine. It’s very difficult to achieve 0% caffeine in an already caffeinated beverage. 

On the other hand, if one were to use regular black tea leaves, then there is likely caffeine in the Thai Tea, although there wouldn’t be much. Typically, restaurants and bubble tea shops use regular tea leaves that contain caffeine. 

Thai Tea calories?

Typical Iced tea is usually suitable and healthy for people to drink daily, but Thai tea is typically made with a lot of sugar and creamer which makes it less healthy to consume daily!

The exact calorie range of a typical Thai tea can vary greatly depending on how much sugar and cream is used, so there isn’t a set number but it can definitely be much more calories than a typical can of Coke (which typically has 150-200 calories). The number of calories per serving can get even higher if you’re drinking Thai iced tea with boba.

So… if you’re thinking about achieving that summer body soon maybe dial it down on bubble tea with boba pearls. Or be like us and not care too much, life is too short not to have any fun right!? 

How to make Thai Iced Tea?

This is a simple recipe for making delicious Thai iced tea at home. This is actually the Thai tea recipe the team at Talk Boba uses and we think it really replicates what you can get at most authentic Thai restaurants in the United States.

Ingredients For This Recipe:

Yes, you will need to go out to your local Asian grocery store (or Amazon) and pick up a few ingredients for this recipe! This isn’t going to be your typical 3-in-1 Thai tea mix (although we also like those from time to time for their convenience).

What you will need:

  1. Tea Leaves
  2. Tea Filter
  3. Thai tea creamer (You can use Milk, half and half or condensed milk. We tend to use condensed milk the most).
  4. Sugar
  5. Ice

How to Make Delicious Thai Tea

  1. Bring water to a boil and add the Tea leaves to the water.
  2. Add ¾ cups of granulated sugar to the tea. You will need to gently stir to completely dissolve the sugar into the tea. Allow this tea and sugar mixture to boil for approximately 3 minutes then remove from heat. Make sure you have a non-stick pot for this process. 
  3. Allow the tea to steep for at least 30 minutes (the longer you allow it to steep, the more flavorful and bold the Thai tea will taste). Generally, the more concentrated the tea tastes the better, so be patient with this step!
  4. Once you’ve waited at least 30 minutes, strain the tea into another container and use the tea filter to filter out the unwanted tea leaves. Set the strained Thai tea aside to allow it to cool.
  5. Once the tea has chilled to at least room temperature, put the Thai tea into the fridge until time to serve.
  6. Once you’re ready to serve, fill the glasses with as much condensed milk (or half and half) as you’d like, put in ice (make sure to leave space for your tea), and fill with Thai tea

Note: Add a bit of hot water to your condensed milk to make it more liquid-like

Note: If using half and half, then we recommend using about 2-4 tablespoons

That’s it! That is all you need to do to make restaurant-style Thai tea. This Thai tea recipe is just a baseline recipe; you can modify this formula to make it suitable for your own tastes!

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