Thai Iced Tea Recipe

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Categories: Beverage, Spice, Thai

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Thai Iced Tea Notes

This is taken from a recipe given by a forum poster. His recipe called for fresh orange blossoms, which are hard to find in America, so I modified it to use orange flower water.

Preparation Instructions

Add whole spices and tea to 1 quart water and bring to boil. Allow to boil 5 minutes, turn off heat, and steep until it cools to room temperature. Add orange flower water and sugar. Pour into glasses over ice and top with cream (I like to use light coconut milk, but half and half, cream, or soy milk work also). Serve immediately, without stirring.

Helpful Hints

Don't like milk or cream in iced tea? Leave it out - it's a fantastic regular iced tea, sort of an exotic twist on Southern sweet tea. Perfect for lounging on the porch on summer evenings.

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Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Vanilla Beans
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Whole Ceylon, in a glass jar
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Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, Whole or Ground
5" Cut Quills
4 oz.
Orange Flower Water
4 fluid oz.

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Jennifer W. Said:

The spices in this are lovely, but I wasn't happy with the way it turned out for me. I used a sugar/stevia blend ( to make this and it came out VERY SWEET. Way too sweet for me, and I grew up on Southern Sweet Tea, so that's saying something. I used 1/6 cup of the stevia/sugar blend (it measures on a 1:2 ratio with sugar) and I don't know if it's the stevia/sugar blend that was at fault, or if it was because the equivalent of 1/3 cup of sugar is too much. Regardless, my advice is to add a tiny amount of whatever kind of sweetener you use at first and add more to taste, because you can't unsweeten it once it's done.

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Markus S. Said:

If you are the kind of person who likes it INSTANT then buy the thai tea that is ready for you to use. But authentic Thai tea is basically made with black tea and spiced up with other ingredients. Spices like cardamon, star anise, cinnamon are a favorite!!

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Alicia F. Said:

The previous person seems not to realize that the thai tea contains the spices, where this recipe has you add them, allowing more flexibility to make it the way you like.

Good recipe!

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Swan D. Said:

The ingredient in this Thai iced tea recipe does not look right at all. It lacked of the main ingredient which is Thai tea leaf. Thai tea leaf has a distinctive aroma that other tea does not have. I order my Thai tea leaf from They offer tea bag, loose tea leaf, etc. When I make Thai iced tea using their tea leaf all I need was hot water, sugar, milk and ice...

Make it Again? Swan D. would not make this recipe again.