As soon as we got our hands on the first batches of our brand new Culinary Coconut Milk, we immediately knew one of the first things we’d make: Thai Iced Tea! We love the way this creamy, rich, and mildly sweet beverage compliments spicy Thai dishes and helps put out the fire in our mouths when we get a little too adventurous with the spices.
This is truly a very, very simple drink to make at home. Learning how to make these at home can save you some serious cash in the long run instead of having to depend on your local Thai joint for your fix!
Now, one of the key factors to making it just like the restaurants is using an authentic Thai Tea mix. Most Asian grocery stores should carry this, and we got a large bag for only $3.99. Authentic Thai tea has a pleasing (albeit it subtle) vanilla aroma and flavor, and is what accounts for the brilliant orange color when brewed and mixed with cream. However, by no means do you have to run out to the store to track down a mix. If you prefer, you can simply swap out the Thai Tea mix for black tea, if that’s your preference. It’ll still taste great, but you won’t achieve that classic, colorful look.
We found that using the measurements below was just right for us, but as you make your own at home, you should experiment with different levels of sweetness and creaminess to suit your individual tastes.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
▪ 1 cup Thai Tea mix OR 5 bags of black tea
▪ 4 cups water
▪ 3/4 cup organic cane sugar (or whatever sweetener you prefer)
▪ So Delicious® Culinary Coconut Milk (you can use Original or Lite depending on your preferences. Our Coffee Creamers work
1. Bring water to boil and add the tea mix (or the 5 black tea bags). Add sugar and gently stir to dissolve sugar. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
2. Steep the tea for 30-40 minutes. The more concentrated the tea is, the better the Thai tea will taste.
3. If you are using the Thai tea mix, you’ll need to strain out the loose tea leaves (or if you’re using the tea bags, remove those now). Set aside the tea and allow it to thoroughly cool.
4. Once the tea is completely cooled, fill your glasses with ice (crushed works better than cubed).
Lightly stir to get that cool color effect, and enjoy!