How to Make Thai Iced Tea From Scratch

thai iced tea

With scorching hot days among us, it is the perfect time to make some iced drinks. One of my favourite go to drinks is iced tea! But have you tried making Thai Iced Teas? It is quick, simple and delicious and you can really step up your iced tea game this summer!

What is Thai Iced Tea?

If you haven’t tried one from your favourite Thai restaurant, Thai teas are a refreshing drink that can be made hot or cold. There are a few ingredients you add with your tea to flavour it and the best part is that you can top it off with condensed milk for a rich, sweet flavour.

Does Thai Iced Tea have caffeine?

Yes, Thai iced tea is made out of black teas which has caffeine. If you prefer a drink without caffeine, you can look for a decaf tea to make it with but the flavours will not be the same.

Is Thai Iced Teas Healthy?

That depends! With this recipe, you can add as much or as little sugar you prefer in your tea. Also, you don’t have to use condensed milk. You can use healthier alternatives like coconut milk or skim milk instead which will make the tea better for you. Ultimately, I think of having Thai Iced Tea as a treat and not something I consume daily, so go and enjoy your delicious condensed milk!

Does Thai Iced Tea Have Dairy? Is it Vegan?

Just like I mentioned before, if you change the condensed milk to a coconut milk or even your favourite nut milk, you can make it vegan and dairy free. Note that when you substitute the condensed milk out, the taste will not be exactly the same as the original recipe, but still very tasty!

So How Do You Make Thai Iced Tea?

All you need is black tea, cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, ice, water, sugar, and condensed milk. Making Thai Iced tea is actually very similar to making a chai. You want to infuse the teas with the spices and then serve it over ice and condensed milk. Very simple! Let’s get started!

thai iced tea

Easy Thai Iced Tea

A refreshing beverage to cool you down!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Course Drinks
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tbsp black tea
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cardamon pods (crushed)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • white sugar (you can use how much you prefer in your teas)
  • condensed milk


  • In a large pot, bring water to boil
  • Add tea, vanilla, star anise, cardamon, cinnamon and sugar and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let tea cool for 30 minutes
  • Strain tea into pitcher
  • Put cooled tea into fridge and let cool for at least 2 hours. You can leave it overnight or longer if you want to make your tea on a different day
  • Fill tall glass with ice, pour tea mixture into glass leaving about a half inch on the top.
  • Top with condensed milk (or milk of your choice) and stir to combine! Enjoy!
Keyword Iced tea, Thai iced tea
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