July 09, 2014
Thai Iced Tea Recipe
There's this little Thai place on Bedford Avenue called Tai Thai. It was there that I had my first Thai eating experience ever. With my meal, they served me a delicious orange drink, and thus my love for Thai iced tea was born.
It's a wonderful drink to serve in the the summers, and definitely for those of us with a sweet tooth :)
The recipe is super easy, as long as you can get your hands on some Thai tea. I've seen other recipes that just use black tea leaves, but I'd say it's worth the extra bit of effort to find the Thai tea. They roast it with yummy herbs to give it that special flavoring.
I got mine at the Chelsea Market in Manhattan, but if you don't have an Asian grocery store close by, you can always order online- it's inexpensive!
Important fashion side-note!! As you are making the tea, do not wear your favorite silk shirt, expensive pants, etc. There is food coloring in the tea. It can stain your hands and counters temporarily orange, although it washed off easily for me. It didn't seem to permanently stain, but better safe than sorry!
6 cups boiling water
1 cup Thai tea
1/2 c sugar
3/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
+ Add the water to your herbs, and let steep for about 5 minutes
+ Mix half and half and sweetened condensed milk in a separate bowl
+ Drain the herbs out with a strainer
+ Add the sugar to the hot tea
+ Refrigerate, or wait until cooled. Then pour 3/4 cup of the tea into some tall glasses
+ Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of condensed milk/ half and half mixture over each tea
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