So we’ve been on a quest to make a copycat restaurant style Thai iced tea for a while now. Everyone loves Thai tea, right? I mean, if you’ve had Thai tea at a restaurant, you know exactly what I mean. It is sweet and has a distinct flavor that comes from the mix of tea leaves. If you go to a restaurant, you usually get one glass and have to pay for refills. My husband and I LOVE it but never want to have to pay for a refill, so we started doing research on how difficult it would be to make our own Thai tea at home.
The first thing we did was ask the waitress at one of the restaurants that we go to how they make the tea. We noticed the waitress pouring the tea and something from a milk jug into the glass when we ordered a Thai tea. She also asks if we want whipped cream on top (who wouldn’t???). Then, she brings it to us: a tall, cold glass of perfection.
One day, I finally decided that I had to know what was in the tea. The restaurant was pretty quiet, so I didn’t feel like I was keeping my waitress from doing her job. She told me that they actually SELL the tea that they use at the restaurant. At the restaurant, it was about $10 bucks, but I found it on Amazon for around $7 here Thai Iced Tea Traditional Restaurant Style,16 oz (1LB.) She also said that we needed a tea sock to filter the tea, so we ordered a tea sock from Amazon. I actually think that as we did research we found that you could use coffee filters if you wanted to, so don’t let not having a tea sock hold you back from making this recipe.
She said that they make the tea just using the directions on the back of the package, add sugar, and whole milk. So we tried what she said when we got our tea. And it didn’t taste the same at all. So the next time we tried the recipe, we tried half and half instead of whole milk because we had done some research and saw that some people make theirs that way. It still wasn’t the same. Another way that some people make Thai tea is with sweetened condensed milk. We knew that would be way, way too sweet.
The way we finally figured out what type of milk to use was a coincidence. I happened to just buy some things that I thought would be good to have in our pantry in case I felt like baking, which I do sometimes. My husband pulled out the Thai tea package and was like, “Want some tea?” I told him that we didn’t have milk and he looked through the pantry and was like, “Why don’t we try it with this?” as he was holding the can of evaporated milk. I agreed to give it a shot. So we prepared the tea and found out we had somehow stumbled across the recipe that was the Thai tea that we drank at the restaurant. So, here is the recipe we used below which has been created by trial and error with guidance from several Youtube videos. We adjusted the amount of tea (many recipes call for a full cup, but we felt that was too much). We also adjusted the amount of sugar (most recipes were too sweet for us considering that we also mix in whipped cream).
Copycat Thai Iced Tea
- 3/4 cups Pantai Thai Tea
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 8 cups of water
- evaporated milk
- whipped cream (optional)
Cook time:10 min
- Add 8 cups of water to a large pot and bring to boil.
- Add the 3/4 cup of Thai tea leaves and stir in well. Lower the heat to a low simmer and let simmer about 5 minutes.
- Remove your pot from the heat. Add the 2/3 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Filter the tea into your container and let it cool.
- To serve the tea, get a class and fill it with ice. Fill the glass about 3/4 full with tea. The remaining 1/4 should be evaporated milk. Stir and top with whipped cream (optional)
That’s it! Now you can make this recipe and enjoy Thai tea whenever you want.
So here’s a rough price breakdown: At a restaurant you can spend $4-$5 a glass. For this recipe, it’s so much cheaper! You can probably get about 10 batches of tea using this recipe from just one bag of Pantai Thai Tea. The bag costs less than $8 right now on Amazon. In addition to that when you add evaporated milk, which is around $1 a can, sugar, and water. Each batch of tea prepared this way makes 4-6 glasses so let’s say you can get 60 glasses of this tea from the whole bag of Pantai Tea. That means that your tea costs less than$0.35 cent per glass without whipped cream and a few pennies more with whipped cream! ($8 for a bag of tea, 10 cans of evaporated milk at $1/can, 6 2/3 cups of sugar that costs…I don’t know $1?). Make sure you pin this recipe to easily find it again later. And if you make this, let me know how you like it!
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