Thai Iced Tea

Experience the delightful flavors of my Thai Iced Tea recipe, a homemade delight crafted with real tea leaves that’s perfect for a mid-day pick-me-up! This Thai iced tea is refreshingly sweet and creamy, made with simple and real ingredients instead of powdered mixes. If you’re craving an easy and delicious way to enjoy this classic Asian beverage, you’re in for a treat!

Heavy cream being poured into a Thai iced tea recipe.

Why I Love This Recipe

What truly excites me about my recipe is its simplicity and authenticity! We’re talking about crafting homemade Thai Iced Tea using real tea bags and leaves, completely bypassing any premixed powders. Just like my Homemade Milk Tea and Hot Matcha Latte, this recipe revolves around steeping tea, customizing the sweetness to your liking, adding milk, and topping it off with ice, that’s the very essence of authenticity right there!

This delightful creation is an absolute thirst-quencher, a perfect companion for those scorching summer days or an energizing mid-day refresher, thanks to its caffeine boost. The flavor is a delightful symphony of black tea, vanilla, and creamy sweetness, capturing the true essence of Thai tea!

This recipe is a treasure for anyone in pursuit of the genuine Thai tea experience, created with real ingredients, not a powdered imitation. So, why hesitate? Dive headfirst into this thrilling homemade Thai Iced Tea adventure and savor the authentic taste of Thailand with every sip that I know you will love!



  • Thai Tea BagThai Tea Bag made from black tea and spices, you can find Thai tea bags or loose Thai tea at Asian supermarkets or online. Make sure it’s not the pre-mixed Thai tea mix version that already contains powdered milk and sugar.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Half and Half – a blend of half heavy cream and half milk, can substitute with milk.

🍵 Thai Tea Pro Tip

If you prefer to make your own Thai tea rather than using tea bags, you can opt for your choice of black tea. Steep the Black Tea and then add approximately 1/8 tsp of Vanilla Extract as a suitable alternative.

Loose leaf black tea being prepared to make an authentic Thai ice tea recipe.



Step 1 Start by brewing a strong cup of Thai tea for 3-5 minutes. If using loose leaf tea, strain it before proceeding.

Thai tea bag being steeped.

🍵 Steeping Pro Tip

To avoid bitterness, Don’t Oversteep the tea.

Step 2 Remove the tea bag and add your preferred sweetener and ice to the brewed tea.

Sweetener being poured into Thai tea.

Step 3 Finally, pour in the half and half or milk and give it a good stir.

Thai tea served in a cup.

🥛 Half n Half Adjustment Pro Tip

Taste and adjust the amount of half n half or milk to match your personal preference when making Thai Iced Tea.

Recipe Variations

Consider trying a Thai Tea Smoothie. Simply blend the Thai tea mix with ice in a blender for a refreshing and creamy twist on the classic beverage. This variation offers a unique way to enjoy the authentic flavors of Thai tea in a different form!

Loose leaf black tea being brewed in a bottom less tea dispenser.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Thai iced tea so orange?

The bright orange color in Thai iced tea comes from a food coloring additive, which is used to enhance the tea's visual appeal. If you prefer a natural tea with no additives, you can brew black tea and add approximately 1/8 tsp of vanilla extract as a close alternative.

Does Thai Tea Have Caffeine?

Thai tea is made from black tea, so it does contain caffeine.

Can I use different types of milk in this recipe?

Yes, you can certainly use different types of milk in this Thai Iced Tea recipe. The best alternative is almond milk, but you have the flexibility to choose from various plant-based milk options such as coconut milk, soy milk, or oat milk.


Thai iced tea served in a glass topped with a fresh mint.

Storage Tips

Simply cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate. It will remain fresh and enjoyable for 3-5 days when stored this way.

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Thai Iced Tea

Dive into the exquisite flavors of Thailand with my Thai Iced Tea recipe! A blissful and refreshing beverage that will transport your taste buds to a world of delight!
5 from 16 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: how to make thai iced tea, thai iced tea recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Calories: 17kcal


  • 1 Thai Tea Bag not the premixed version
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 Cup Water hot
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 1 Cup Ice


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Thai tea.
  • In a tall glass, place tea bag inside and pour in boiling water. Let steep approx 3-5 minutes then remove tea bag.
    Thai tea bag being steeped.
  • Add sweetener of choice and stir to dissolve.
    Sweetener being poured into Thai tea.
  • Fill glass with ice to the top.
    Ice being poured into Thai tea.
  • Add Half and Half, stir to combine and it is ready to drink. Note - Add more or less sweetener and half and half to your liking.
    Thai tea served in a cup.


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 30mg | Sugar: 1g
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. I made this with hwc and it’s not as thick as I’m used to with regular Thai Iced Tea. Is half and half thicker?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Ailene! Half n half is not thicker than HWC, but the only thai tea that I have had is pretty thin, so I’m not sure what ingredient they are putting into the drink to make it thicker.

  2. Hi There,
    This looks great but can you clarify what you mean by Tea Bag- not the premixed version?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hello Ashley – the premixed version is a powder form where you only add in water and the sugar is already mixed in. The Thai tea bags only have the tea leaves and flavoring, which is the one you want to be low carb and sugar-free.

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