Thai Iced Tea

Total Time
10 mins
10 mins

There are almost as many ways of making Thai tea as there are Thai restaurants. I love the richness the cardomom, cloves and cinnamon add. You can also skip the sugar and use sweetened condensed milk in place of the half-and-half. No other tea will substitute for Thai tea--you can find Thai tea in Asian markets, or if you are really lucky, in the Asian section of your grocery store. Prep time does not include chill time.

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  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Stir in tea leaves, cardamom pods, crushed clove and cinnamon.
  3. Cover.
  4. Remove mixture from heat and let steep 5 minutes.
  5. Pour tea through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding tea leaves (caution--don't pour hot tea into a glass pitcher as it may break).
  6. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved; cool.
  7. Cover and chill 2 hours.
  8. Serve in a glass over crushed ice.
  9. Top with 3 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half.