With summer fast approching I need to be sure that my cold drinks choices are easily accessible! My top 3 favorite drinks for the summer consist of….
1. Water (sparkling or with lemon)
2. Iced coffee: my favorite are flavored ones from Sweetzbrew in Gilbert, AZ!
3. Thai ice tea…
I love Thai iced tea when done right, not too sweet just right! The sweet scent of the drink always makes me smile! Thai iced tea has a certain floral/herbal smell to it that reminds me of summer! The bright orange color reminds of fall, a promise of cool weather ahead! Sure, I can buy it at more than one place in the valley but at $3 a drink it can add up fast. So a homemade version of this drink will be better for my wallet.
The key to this Thai iced tea is the tea! This is the only brand I have used and love!
I am fortunate enough to pass a huge oriental market on my way to the kids school and so I it is very accessible to me. Perhaps you can get it on amazon too if you don’t have an oriental market close by. This tea mix will give you that same orange hue we associate this drink with.
Thai iced tea:
8 cups water
2 cups thai tea mix
1 cup granulated sugar
for serving: ice and milk or dairy of your choice.
1. Bring water to a boil and add thai tea mix and stir gently. Add the sugar and stir again.
2. Let the water, tea and sugar gently boil for about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let tea steep for 25-30 minutes. The longer the tea steeps the stronger the flavor gets. I don’t recommend steeping it longer than 35 minutes.
3. Pour the tea over a strainer to separate the tea leaves from the tea. Let cool, transfer and refrigerate.
* you can immediately use the cooled tea or it can be stored in the fridge. This recipe will yield about 6 cups of concentrated tea.
To serve: I add ice to my glass, usually a quart mason jar…I pour about 1 cup of the concentrate and add a little more water to fill her up. I top my glass of with milk. You can use any milk or non-dairy alternative you might want.
I have used coconut milk and almond milk to this as well and I love it. I DO NOT reccomend using condense milk because the tea is already sweetened a bit and condense milk might make it too sweet.
So there you have it! Easy peezy Thai ice tea. Not only is it delicious it is also a lot easier on your wallet/budget! I hope you make it a great day!
recipe adapted from here, thanks Ted & Diane