All About Thai Iced Tea

thai iced tea

Thai iced tea is a sweet, cool treat that’s perfect for hot summer days. It originated in Thailand and contains black tea mixed with coconut milk, sugar, and ice. You can also add some spices to the mixture like star anise or tamarind juice. Thai iced tea is often served along with snacks like glutinous rice balls or Mango Sticky Rice which are both popular throughout Southeast Asia.

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to cool down with, give Thai iced tea a try! It can be found at most Asian restaurants or markets. You can also make it at home by following a few simple steps.


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1 cup black tea

2 cups water

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup sugar

Ice cubes

Ground star anise (optional)

Tamarind juice (optional)


A cup of coffee

1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Turn off the heat and add the black tea leaves. Steep for 3-5 minutes.

2. Strain the tea and pour it into a pitcher. Add the coconut milk, sugar, and ice cubes. Stir well to combine.

3. If desired, add ground star anise and tamarind juice to the mixture. Serve cold. Enjoy!

How to serve

Thai iced tea is a refreshing drink that can be enjoyed all year round. This beverage is made from black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and spices. It has a unique flavor that is unlike any other type of tea.

Thai iced tea can be found at most Thai restaurants. It is usually served in a tall glass with ice cubes.

Best Thai iced tea in Bangkok

Aroy-D iced tea

Aroy-D iced tea is probably the most popular brand of Thai iced tea in Bangkok, but it’s also one that’s available all over Thailand and beyond. It comes in a few different varieties: original and black. The original is called ‘yam’ and the black version is simply just yam sai owk. Their concentrate syrup can be found at any decent sized Tesco Lotus or Big C.


This drink hit the big time during my last trip to Thailand back in 2012. I don’t think I saw it much before then, but now it seems to be everywhere. I love the original and the jasmine green teas. It’s also available in a variety of fruit flavors, but avoid those like the plague!

The Siam Tea Shop Thai Iced Tea

They call themselves “The Original Thai Iced Coffee,” but this is an iced tea blog so we’re going to ignore that and talk about their still quite delicious iced teas. They come in several different strengths; 4 baht for no ice, 6 baht with normal ice, 8 baht with large ice, 12 baht with extra-large ice. Half sweet ( sataw ) and half unsweetened ( sai ouwng ). You can also buy their syrup for takeaway.


Thai iced tea is a delicious and popular drink in Thailand. The traditional Thai Iced Tea recipe was created by Lipton Ice Tea Company, but many variations have been developed since then.

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