Thai Iced Tea is a delicious accompaniment to any Thai dish. I can’t keep myself from ordering this stuff when I eat at Thai restaurants, so I decided to learn how to make it at home!
Luckily, Thai Iced Tea mix is easy to find in any Asian-import grocery store, but can also be ordered online. The brand I buy looks like this:
A bag that size will make many, many large batches of tea so it’s definitely worth the small investment. Once you have your tea mix, you just need water, ice, sugar, cream, and a way to brew it.
I prefer to use my French press to brew Thai Iced Tea because it comes out of the package “loose leaf.” You could also use a cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer, or coffee filter to strain out the solids once the tea has brewed.
My French Press (which is green, naturally) has a frame which is not made out of metal, meaning I can fill it with water and put it (minus the metal plunger) in the microwave to heat up the water. Seriously, taking out the step of heating the water separately and pouring it in has changed my mornings forever.
It holds 8 cups of water, so I typically use 4 tablespoons of the Thai Iced Tea mix to brew mine to my liking. You can absolutely use more more less depending on how strongly you take your tea.
I simply fill my press with water, add in 4 tablespoons of sugar, then heat in the microwave until boiling. I stir to make sure the sugar has dissolved, then add in the Thai Iced Tea mix. I let it set for about 10 minutes or so, then stir with a wooden spoon and press down the plunger to separate the solids from the liquids. I’ll place my French press directly into the fridge and let it cool. When I’m ready for some tea, I just pour it directly over ice and then splash in some half-and-half to achieve that creamy taste and beautiful look that Thai Iced Tea is famous for.
Here’s my recipe!
15 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 15 Total Time
- 8 c. water
- 4 Tbsp. white sugar
- 4 Tbsp. Thai Iced Tea Mix
- 1 to 1 1/2 c. half-and-half
- Heat the water and sugar until boiling in a microwave-safe French press or liquid measuring cup. Stir the water to ensure the sugar has dissolved, then stir in the Thai Iced Tea mix and let sit for 10 minutes to steep.
- Plunge down the strainer if using a French press, or strain the solids out of the tea by using a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter.
- Chill in fridge for 1 hour or until cold.
- To serve, pour 8 oz. (1 c.) of tea into a tall glass over ice. Top with a slash of half-and-half. Drink immediately.