How to Make
How to Make Thai Iced Tea
In the US, Thai Iced Tea is often "discovered" in Thai restaurants, and an immediate love affair begins. It complements spicy Thai food beautifully, and provides a wonderfully refreshing (and sweet!) cold drink. To recreate restaurant-style Thai Iced Tea at home, follow this easy step-by-step guide!
Please note: NO artificial colors or flavors! Did you know that the deep orange color of Thai Iced Tea served in restaurants is usually attributed to artificial coloring? Well, no longer! We’ve developed an Organic and Fair Trade Certified Thai Iced Tea that includes no artificial colors or flavors. As a result, this recipe will not result in a drink that is artificially orange, but instead a beautiful, natural light brown!
Step One: Start by measuring one (1) teaspoon of Arbor Teas loose leaf Organic Thai Iced Tea.
Place the tea in a T-sac (to make a do-it-yourself teabag) or directly in an infuser, and then place the T-sac or infuser in your heat resistant glass or iced tea pitcher.
Next, heat your water to boiling. Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Pour 1/2 cup of your heated water over the tea-filled T-Sac or infuser. Be sure the tea is covered completely with water. Steep for 3-5 minutes, then remove the T-sac or infuser. Hint: For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, use more tea.
Step Two: For traditional Thai Iced Tea, add sugar to the hot Thai Iced Tea and stir until dissolved. We recommend adding one (1) teaspoon of sugar. Then adjust to taste.
Next, chill! If you plan on drinking your Thai Iced Tea immediately, pour the infusion directly over an equal amount of ice.
To drink later, dilute your infusion with an equal amount of room temperature water (1/2 cup). Let stand at room temperature for at least 5-10 minutes. Then place in your refrigerator. This method allows the tea to cool gradually, which helps avoid clouding caused by chilling most teas too rapidly.
Step Three: To complete your Thai Iced Tea, add lime or dairy before serving. Restaurant-style Thai Iced Tea is traditionally served with dairy, however don't underestimate the simplicity of serving this tea with lime alone. It is delicious!
Dairy, such as sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, or half and half, can be added directly to the cool tea and stirred. We recommend adding two (2) tablespoons of your preferred dairy. Then adjust to taste.
Or, Thai Iced Tea can be "topped" with dairy. To top your Thai Iced Tea with dairy, you must have ice cubes in the glass. Using a spoon, slowly pour your preferred dairy over the ice cubes. The ice cubes will hold the dairy at the top of the glass and create a gorgeous layered effect! Do not stir.
For a dairy free version, try adding coconut milk for a Thai delight!
Why isn't my Thai Iced Tea Orange? Don't forget our Organic and Fair Trade Certified Thai Iced Tea includes no artificial colors or flavors. As a result, your Thai Iced Tea will not appear artificially orange, but a beautiful, natural light brown!