Sweet, creamy, and aromatic, Thai iced tea is really good with anything salty, like curries and all the spicy dishes you get at Thai restaurants. It’s almost a desserty drink, but you get to have it with your meal, so as kids, how could we resist? For most of our drinks at Boba Guys, we leave it to the customers to adjust the sweetness to their taste, but for this, you really want it sweet. For us, Thai Iced Tea was also an early example of thinking outside the box with tea. It has mounds of spices in the tea blend. And it’s like the OG Instagrammable drink, but way before Instagram. It looks beautiful, with the gentle marbling from the condensed milk in this bright orange tea. It’s iconic.
- Coat the inside of a glass with the condensed milk. Add the toppings, if using, and the ice, and pour the tea over the ice. Add the half-and-half. Stir until everything is mixed before drinking.
- Mix the sugar and Thai tea blend in a heatproof bowl. Add the hot water and steep the tea for 20 minutes. Fill a pitcher with the ice cubes. Strain the tea over the ice, and set the pitcher aside to allow the ice to fully melt. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
- Using a mortar and pestle or a mallet, lightly crush the star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon stick. Mix these thoroughly with the vanilla powder and tea leaves. Store in an airtight container. Keeps for up to a year