Authentic Thai Tea Recipe

Thai Tea Recipe

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This is the most consuming way to prepare the drink but you can’t say it’s not the freshest-tasting, tastiest Thai tea you ever tried! There are different recipes for Thai tea, but this one is very nice.


  • 1 gallon (3 3/4 liters) water
  • 1 quart (950ml) Half & Half, evaporated milk, rice milk, or coconut milk
  • 3/4 quart (700ml) long-cut China black tea leaves
  • 8 ground Chinese star anise
  • 1 tablespoon powdered vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange flowers
  • Pinch of freshly ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of clove powder
  • 1 or 2 cups (225g450g) sugar (optional)
  • Red food coloring or beet powder (natural coloring) (both optional)
  • Crushed ice, to serve


  1. First bring the water to a boil, then add the star anise, vanilla, orange flowers, cinnamon and clove powder, along with the tea leaves and food coloring (if using).
  2. Boil for a further 3 to 5 minutes, stirring all the time, then take it off the heat.
  3. Cover the pot and let it steep until lukewarm, then strain and add sugar if liked.
  4. Serve over crushed ice, topped with Half & Half or your favorite type of milk preferred.