Thai Iced Tea

This popular beverage from Thai street vendors has now found it’s way all over the world. While the U.S. version typically features half-&-half instead of condensed milk (along with bright orange food coloring), our version is more like the original. And while you can use plain black tea, we prefer the hint of coconut and almonds in Vanilla Island. This one is full of flavor … just not as orange. ~ Marlys

Thai Iced Tea

Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian
Keyword coconut milk, condensed milk, Thai Tea, Vanilla Island
Servings 1
Author Alan & Marlys Arnold - Adventures with Tea


  • 3/4 cup Vanilla Island brewed tea

Milk mixture

  • 4 Tbsp Condensed Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Milk

Spice mixture

  • 1 tsp Cloves ground
  • 1 tsp Cardamom ground
  • 1 tsp Star Anise ground


  1. Brew Vanilla Island tea a bit stronger than usual and set aside until it cools to room temperature. Then place it in refrigerator to chill before making your drink.

Spice Mix

  1. In an empty jar with a lid, combine equal parts of ground cloves, cardamom, and star anise.

  2. Cover and mark the jar, then set aside until needed. (This will be enough to make several drinks.)

Milk Mixture

  1. Combine the condensed milk and coconut milk.

  2. Add in about ¼ tsp of the Spice Mix. Whisk to combine, then set aside until you're ready to make your drink. (This will be enough for a couple of drinks.)

Assemble the Drink

  1. When you're ready to make your drink, fill a glass with ice. Pour tea over the ice leaving about an inch of room.

  2. Stir the Milk Mixture again and pour about 2-3 Tbsp over top of the tea & ice. It will drizzle down through the tea. While this makes a great presentation, remember to stir to combine before drinking.

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