Throwing a Hawaiian Theme Party? Try a Thai Iced Tea Recipe

thai iced tea

Thai iced tea has its origin somewhere in Thailand. It is one of the most popular drinks that are consumed on a daily basis. It can be found all across Thailand, from beaches to mountain towns, and everywhere in between. You may have heard about it being served at high-end hotels. While this certainly can be true, there are many other places where you will find it served.

Thai iced tea can be found anywhere where ice is used. This means ice cubes, hot water, sugar, and milk. It’s most popular in Southeast Asia and is often served at many restaurants that specialize in Thai food, especially in areas frequented by Thais.

If you go to a lot of Thai restaurants you will more than likely see it served. There really isn’t any denying that this drink is popular all over the world. You may ask why. It’s simple. It tastes good, it’s easy to make, and most importantly, is cheap.

Thai Iced Tea

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There are a variety of different types of ingredients that are found in Thailand’s Thai iced tea. Some of the most common ones are milk, green tea, and either vanilla or chocolate. You can buy the different types of these ingredients to add more flavor to your cup of Joe. Each person has their own preferences, so try different combinations and see what you like best.

Many restaurants, especially in larger cities, offer a restaurant-style Thai iced tea with either condensed milk or vanilla. While these two drinks may be tasty, they don’t have the same texture and flavor like a good home-brewed pot of this drink. The condensed milk usually has more water in it, which causes the drink to be thicker and creamier tasting. While many people prefer this, others find that the texture is too thick and that they need more milk in order to get the correct consistency.

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Another variation of the Thai iced drink can be found in Thailand at a place called Baklava Lounge. This place offers not only the traditional flavored milk but also ice cubes made from crushed ice that give this delicious drink a sweet, iced twist. These ice cubes are traditionally made from sugar and water. If you’re not sure that you’d like to try this beverage made with crushed ice, you can always stick with the regular milk or green tea that you’ll find at most Thai restaurants.

If you happen to find yourself in Phuket, you might want to try the Thai orange-colored brew called the “bamboo cloud”. This brew is made by mixing equal parts of white tea powder and spring water, then letting it steep overnight. The next morning, all you have to do is add orange flower water to get a delicious tropical twist on your normal tea. This drink is best enjoyed at around 2 PM when the orange color tea has its coolest flavor.

Bottom Line 

When enjoying Thai iced tea recipes at home, it’s best to keep some type of container to stir the drink in, such as an airtight tea bowl. You should also use fresh ingredients for your drinks, such as oranges, limes, pineapples, or lemons. Because of the citrus taste in these fruits, they should be incorporated into the drink early in the process, such as right before you add them to the water. When using fruit, remember that you don’t want to over blend the flavors–substitute the fruit for other ingredients, such as milk or ice. Also, because of the acidity in most fruits, it’s a good idea to avoid fruits such as grapefruits, melons, or pineapple. You can add these items later once the tea has begun to cool down.

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