Cook's Hideout: Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)

January 26, 2015

Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 4/ Day 3
Theme: 1 Cuisine -- 3 Dishes
Dish: Thai Cuisine -- Thai Iced Tea
For the final day of this month's blogging marathon under 'Thai cuisine' theme, I have a cold, refreshing Thai Iced Tea. I wanted to try a Thai dessert, but then couldn't get my hands on the ingredients, so after a little search I ended up on this Thai Iced Tea recipe by Giada.
Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)
Traditionally Thai tea is made from strongly brewed Ceylon tea. However, due to the high price of the Ceylon tea, a locally grown tea known as Bai Miang is commonly used along with added food coloring to make Thai Tea. It is flavored with either orange blossom water, star anise or crushed tamarind seed. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated milk, coconut milk or whole milk are generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance.

Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)
I am not a big fan of tea (or coffee for that matter). But I enjoy an occasional cup of social tea (and coffee) once in a while when I have guests over or when I'm visiting someone. Also I like my tea (and coffee) with lots of milk and that is a little rare to find here in the states.
This version of Thai tea uses black tea bags that are steeped into a sugar syrup flavored with star anise and then sweetened even more with condensed milk and then served chilled. It is a nice refreshing drink for the summer.
Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)
This is totally not the time to post this Iced tea recipe because as I look out of the window, I see snow flurries and we have a snow blizzard with 1~2 feet of snow in the future for tomorrow. I made this tea couple of weeks ago when the temperatures where way below freezing (see the white sheet of snow in the background in the picture below?). I guess this is my way of saying 'Bring it on winter -- you don't scare me (?????)'. Anyway someone out there must have sunny weather and they'll probably appreciate my post ;-)
Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)
Recipe adapted from here.
Ingredients: Serves 2
Black Tea bags - 4
Sugar - ¼cup
Whole Star Anise pods - 2
Water - 2½cups
Sweetened Condensed Milk - ⅓cup (or more to taste)
Ice & Mint leaves - to serve

Method:
  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring water, sugar and star anise pods to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags.
  • Allow the tea bags to steep and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • Discard the star anise pods and the tea bags and whisk in the condensed milk.
  • Pour into a large pitcher and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  • To serve: Pour the tea into 2 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint leaves (if desired) and serve.
Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)
Let's check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 48.
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18 comments:

  1. We have sunny weather, almost 80 and iced tea sounds good. You have replicated the color and viscosity of Thai tea perfectly.

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  2. ahhhh. I love Thai iced tea. Do we need to add coconut milk or is it optional?

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  3. Iced tea loos so refreshing .Stunning licks Pavani...

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  4. Sorry that was typo ,I mean clicks

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  5. Wow !! That's s totally new desserty kind of beverage. Good series with Thai, pavani 👍

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  6. Looks tempting. .though I too don't drink any of these teas and coffees..I would love to have a sip from this one.

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  7. Your pictures are so so cool Pavani, great composition!

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  8. Stunning clicks Pavani...Perfectly made iced tea.

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  9. Perfect for those warm evenings (Hopefully they come soon)!

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  10. Beautiful clicks pavani, love that beautiful color it has got!!! :)

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  11. Such a beautiful drink, will definitely try soon..

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  12. I am not a tea / coffee person but love those amazing clicks.

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  13. Beautiful clicks and tempting variation of tea!

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  14. I love thai iced tea....pictures and your presentation are just super. Nice! Jayanthi(www.sizzlingveggies.com)

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  15. thai iced tea is too milky for my liking but pictures look awesome

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