Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.


Most Helpful

Wonderful! This exactly the same tea I have been served in Thai recipes and have tried to duplicate for some time. Really delicious and unique. The color is gorgeous - the orangey color of the tea topped with the creamy half n half makes a striking presentation in a clear glass. Note: Only Thai tea leaves will produce the unique color and taste. I found mine in an Asian market in a giant bag, but have also seen them for sale in online asian markets.

HeatherFeather August 19, 2002

Just a little note, intead of adding sugar and half and half, a lot of Thai cooks (including my mom) just top this with sweetened condensed milk. I don't add cinnamon to my recipe, but otherwise it is the same as this one and is really DELICIOUS!

shimmerchk April 09, 2004

Very good. I would recommend making twice the default amount listed here (6 servings), as it'll be consumed very quickly. I had great results with substituting sweetened condensed milk, ~2.5 Tbs. per serving, and reducing the sugar to ~5 Tbs. for six servings. This drink is absolutely necessary to survive Tom Yum Gai or Koong, the famous Thai Hot & Sour Soups.

meganmcartwright June 02, 2007

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