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.
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
- Stir in tea leaves, cardamom pods, crushed clove and cinnamon.
- Remove mixture from heat and let steep 5 minutes.
- 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).
- Add sugar, stirring until dissolved; cool.
- Cover and chill 2 hours.
- Serve in a glass over crushed ice.
- Top with 3 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half.