Thai Iced Tea (Cha Yen)
Thai iced tea can easily be made at home with a coffee maker; it is usually served very strong and very sweet. Thai iced tea is made from black tea leaves that may also include orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring. Try making this restaurant favorite at home!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Thai tea
- 1 coffee filter
- 4 cups water
- Crushed ice or ice cubes to fill each glass
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk or half-and-half (3 to 4 tablespoons per glass)
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil; simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes; this will create a simple syrup. Pour into a pitcher and set aside.
- Using a coffeemaker, add the Thai tea to the coffee filter/basket. Brew the tea with 4 cups of water.
- Allow the tea to cool in the carafe.
- Pour the Thai tea liquid into the pitcher with simple syrup. Stir to make sure the tea and simple syrup is incorporated. Cool to room temperature, cover and chill until serving time.
- Fill 4 tall glasses with crushed ice and add tea to 3/4 full. Top off each glass with 3 to 4 tablespoons evaporated milk.
- Serve with a spoon or straw so your guests can swirl the mixture themselves.
Serving Size: 4
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Preparation Time: 15 minutes