Thai Ice Tea
While many people will enjoy drinking traditional Ice Tea there are those who prefer to have the spicy taste of a Thai Ice Tea. This traditional breakfast drink from Thailand is fast becoming popular with many people the world over. Most of the time you will encounter this Thai ice tea only when you visit a Thai restaurant. In these restaurants when you order ice tea you will be served with the sweet tasting Thai ice tea. (However, due to its rising popularity, it has become more widely available, and you can fin it outside of Thai restaurants as well.)
Thai ice tea is brought to your table already sweetened with the addition of condensed milk. What makes the Thai ice tea flavor even more dramatic is the addition of Star Anise in the tea. Star Anise provides the Thai ice tea with a sweet licorice taste which enhances the taste of the condensed milk and Black tea which is used as the base for the ice tea. And sometimes you will even find that a little bit of Tamarind essence has also been added to your Thai ice tea to give the ice tea a slight tangy taste.
Of course another interesting item to note about Thai ice tea is its color. Most of the normal tea and ice teas you drink have a golden hue to them. Thai ice tea on the other hand is a vibrant orange color. Since you won't normally find tea varieties that produce orange colored tea, you need to understand that this lovely coloring comes from a mixture of red and yellow food coloring added to the tea.
The aroma that you can get when first confronted by a Thai ice tea is spicy and floral. The spicy tang is mellowed from the addition of the condensed milk and creamer which can usually be seen floating on the top of the Thai ice tea. The usual practice in serving Thai ice tea is to make the tea and pour it straight into a long glass. Over the tea you then add some creamer.
With instant versions of Thai ice tea available you can choose to make this delicious ice tea any time that you desire. Additionally for the cooking impaired, Thai ice tea also comes pre-made in cans so that all you have to do is to pour the tea and drink it!
However, if you find that you are the adventurous type, below is a Thai ice tea recipe for you to try out,
- Boil 6 cups of water.
- Steep 8 Black tea bags and a few cardamoms in the boiled water for about 5 minutes.
- Strain out the tea bags and allow the tea cool.
- While the tea is cooling put some crushed ice into 4 glasses
- Add the tea to the glass until it is about ¾ full
- Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the tea
- Next add the condensed milk to fill up the glass
- Stir the entire mixture and keep in the refrigerator to cool
- Just before serving add some evaporated milk to your Thai ice tea
- Allow the milk to sink to the bottom of the ice tea and then stir the tea
- Serve immediately.
This is just one method of making Thai ice tea. There are numerous different ways to make this, and if you enjoy drinking Thai ice tea, you might want to go ahead and try most of them.
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