Easy Homemade Thai Iced Tea

June 19, 2012 1:54 PM EDT | By Staff Writer
Thai Iced Tea
The perfect Thai Iced Tea without going to a specialty shop for ingredients. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Arguably the best part of going to a Thai restaurant is when you get to say, "and a thai iced tea, please" after ordering your appetizer and your entree. Loaded with toasted spices, sweetened condensed milk, and sometimes boba, there really is nothing quite like Thailand's best beverage. That's why when you're craving it, you're out of luck if there isn't a place nearby that brews the stuff up. But since necessity is the mother of all invention, even in the kitchen, we're gonna show you how to serve them up with stuff you have lying around in your kitchen.

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Admittedly, this isn't an authentic Thai iced tea. But if you're looking at this recipe, you're probably not an authentic Thai person. Ditch the cultural trappings of doing it the way they do it and just commit to making something really superb, with plenty of room for improvisation if you should feel so moved.

Begin by bringing five cups of cold water to a boil, the zest of one orange, and 3 star anise pods to a boil. If you want to add some other herbs spices, feel free to do so. I bet that just a hint of basil would be fascinating here. 

Remove the pan from the heat and add eight black tea bags or, if you prefer, three tablespoons of loose leaf black tea. Put it in the fridge for an hour, or until nice and chilly.

When you're done, strain the loose ingredients out of the tea. Pour sweetened condensed milk, to taste, into a cup of ice. Pour the tea over the top. Garnish with Kaffir lime leaves, mint, or basil-- depending on what you have lying around.



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