Thai Iced Tea

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Thai Iced Tea combined black tea with a combination of spiced mixed with sweetened milk for a refreshing and flavorful beverage.

If you’ve ever been to a Thai restaurant chances are you’ve either had or you’ve seen Thai Iced Tea.  It’s a bright orange beverage that is creamy and served over top of ice.

While we don’t have a Thai restaurant in my town we do have plenty of them in my hometown of Pittsburgh and I love to eat at them.  The combination of flavors in Thai cooking can’t be beat.

Thai iced Tea is perfect for enjoying with spicy food because the sweet milk helps to cool off the heat from the food. 


  • water
  • ice
  • Thai tea mix
  • brown sugar
  • evaporated milk
  • sweetened condensed milk

To make the tea heat water to a boil and pour over top of the Thai tea mix into a large mug.  Add the brown sugar and steep for five minutes.

Strain the mixture and let it cool for 30 minutes.  

Meanwhile combine the evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and freeze for 20 minutes.  Remove from the freezer and froth until double the size.

Pour the cooled tea over ice and top with the sweet milk.  Stir before drinking.

One thing I love about this drink is that the sweetened milk stays layered on top of the tea until it is mixed.  It makes for a beautiful looking drink. 

What is in Thai Tea Mix?

Thai Tea Mix is generally black tea mixed with spices.   These spices may include cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, and orange blossoms. 

Why is the tea so orange?

The orange color comes from the food coloring in the Thai tea mix.

Can this be made ahead of time?

Yes!  Make it without adding the sweet milk and put it in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  When ready to serve pour over top of ice and add the sweet milk on top.

Do I have to use evaporated milk?

Yes you do.  There’s just something about the taste and texture of it that works in this tea and gives it the taste it has.  While you could try whole milk or heavy cream or half and half it just isn’t the same.

Once you are ready to enjoy the drink make sure to mix it up so that the sweetened milk combines with the spiced tea.   This drink is cool, refreshing, and packs a ton of flavor. 

Serve it with any spicy dish to help cool it off.  It’s also great as an afternoon beverage in the summer to help cool you off but to give you a little kick of caffeine and sweetness.

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Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

Yield: 2 drinks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Thai Iced Tea combined black tea with a combination of spiced mixed with sweetened milk for a refreshing and flavorful beverage.


  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. ice
  • 2 Tablespoons Thai tea mix
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk
  • 3 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Place the brown sugar in a mug. Pour the boiling water over top of the Thai tea mix. Let steep 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea out of the liquid and allow the tea to cool for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the evaporated milk and the sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. Divide the ice between two glasses. Pour the cooled tea into the two glasses.
  6. Remove the milk from the freezer and use a frother to froth the milk until it has doubled in size.
  7. Pour the frothed milk on top of the two glasses of tea.
  8. Stir before drinking.


Recipe from Oh How Civilized

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 7g


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  1. This is absolutely refreshing. Love iced tead and Thai tea is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. I will definitely be trying this recipe! The blend of the Thai tea spices and the sweetened condensed milk sounds wonderful!

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