easy thai milk tea recipe you should try at home!

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Calling all tea aficionados seeking a touch of international flair in their sipping routine! It’s time to be totally enchanted by teapigs no-fuss thai milk tea recipe.

This concoction is crafted with precision as it seamlessly weaves together the robust notes of black tea, a medley of tantalizing spices and the creamy indulgence of chilled and sweetened condensed milk. The result? A blend of flavours that entices the palate and delivers a rejuvenating jolt of refreshment – especially on those sweltering summer days.

Teapigs’ thai milk tea is your golden ticket to an impeccably balanced, creamy iced delight if you're after a refreshing tea experience.

what is thai tea?

Thai tea, also known as thai iced tea or cha yen, is a popular and flavourful drink originating from Thailand that’s made by brewing strong black tea with a combination of spices such as star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom. This thai iced tea is then mixed with condensed or evaporated milk to give it a rich and creamy texture.

Similar to a chai latte, thai iced tea has a sweet and spicy flavour that's perfect for those who love a bit of spice in their drink. And if you prefer a cold version, you can easily turn it into a refreshing thai iced tea by brewing the tea, letting it cool, and then adding ice and milk.

Thai iced tea is a popular drink in Thailand and around the world, and it's a perfect choice for those who enjoy a unique and refreshing tasting milk tea!

Thai Milk Tea

how to make thai milk tea

Let’s invite you to indulge in the rich Thai cuisine that goes beyond just food – it extends to the realm of beverages with thai milk tea taking centre stage. This beloved thai tea showcases how contrasting flavours combine to create a tempting flavour profile. As you dive into creating this brew with its vibrant hue and irresistible aroma, you're not just making a thai tea; you're crafting a delectable treat that offers a gratifying indulgence. So, grab your teapigs tea temples and get ready to experience the thai tea craftsmanship.


Total Servings:



Preparation Time:

5 minutes


Cooking Times:

10 minutes


Nutritional Value:

177 kcalories, 6g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein


Recipe Category:






  • boiling pot
  • strainer
  • mortar
  • pestle


  • 4 teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey tea bags
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups water
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • Ice cubes


Boil the Tea: Begin by boiling 4 cups of water in a pot. Add the teapigs tea bags to the boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for about 5-7 minutes to extract its robust flavours. Tailor the steeping duration according to your liking for a bolder or gentler tea flavour.

Infuse with Spices: While the tea is steeping, lightly crush the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick using a mortar and pestle. This helps release their aromatic flavours. Add the crushed spices to the steeping tea and continue to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes. This step infuses the tea with a fragrant blend of thai spices.

Sweeten, strain and chill: Remove the tea from heat and add sugar to it. Stir and then strain the tea into a separate container to remove the spices. Allow the brewed tea to cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.

Assemble the Thai Milk Tea: Once the tea is chilled, take four glasses and fill each with ice cubes. Pour the chilled tea over the ice and fill slightly more than half of each glass.

Add Creamy Goodness: Combine both types of the milk in a container. Finish by pouring the combined milk into each glass. The milk's silky sweetness complements the bold tea flavours perfectly.

Give It a Stir and Serve: Gently stir each glass to mix the milk with the tea, creating a beautiful ombre effect in your thai tea. Your homemade thai milk tea is now ready to be savoured!

Teapigs' Darjeeling Earl Grey tea pairs flawlessly with your crafted thai milk tea recipe. Additionally, when it’s paired with the condensed and evaporated milk, the thai milk tea gets its unique aroma and flavour – making it a lush and velvety delight.

The above combinations are amazing but there’s always room for customisation. Right? You can do that easily by a touch of Aussie flair into your thai milk tea recipe:

  • Customise your experience by giving your thai iced tea a dash of "Aussie bush spices" like wattleseed, lemon myrtle and pepper berry. They introduce an unparalleled aromatic twist to the classic thai milk tea.
  • Impart a refreshing twist to your thai iced tea by tossing in a "touch of fresh mint" leaves. This addition injects a cool and invigorating element into the warm and spiced tea.
  • Introduce a dash of "fresh pineapple juice" to infuse your thai iced tea with a tropical Aussie twist. This infusion will give the tea a tangy and fruity flavour profile – perfect for a chilled summer sip.
  • For a velvety and opulent mouthfeel, place a scoop of "vanilla bean ice cream" atop your thai iced tea. This touch transforms your thai milk tea into a luxurious and lavish treat, ideal for celebrating special moments.
  • If you like nutty and buttery essence in your thai iced tea, try a "hint of ground macadamia nuts". Macadamias are typically an Aussie ingredient that can bestow a distinctive twist upon the traditional blend.

Crafting the thai milk tea is not only deliciously gratifying but also sets the stage for venturing into diverse tea creations like bubble milk tea with tapioca pearls, chai latte or matcha latte!

Thai Milk Tea

For some Aussie goodness, here are some fun ideas to add fun to your recipe!

  • Spice things up with a "kick of Australian bush spices" in your thai iced tea. Blends like wattleseed, lemon myrtle, and pepper berry can add a unique and aromatic twist to the traditional thai milk tea
  • Give your thai iced tea a refreshing twist by adding a "dash of fresh mint" leaves to the tea. This will bring a cool and invigorating element to the warm and spiced tea.
  • For a tropical Aussie twist, add a splash of "fresh pineapple juice" to your thai iced tea. This will give the tea a tangy and fruity flavour that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
  • For a richer and creamier texture, add a scoop of "vanilla bean ice cream" to the top of your thai iced tea. This will create a decadent and indulgent treat that is perfect for a special occasion.
  • Add a "pinch of ground macadamia nuts" to your thai iced tea for a nutty and buttery flavour. Macadamias are a quintessentially Aussie ingredient that can add a unique twist to the traditional version.

There you have it, pretty easy ain’t it?

Remember, Teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey tea is the perfect complement to your handmade thai milk tea recipe. The tea imparts its own distinctive aroma and flavour, and the combination of condensed and evaporated milk makes for a rich and velvety drink.

While this milk tea is delicious on its own, it can also be a great base for other tea drinks, such as bubble milk tea with tapioca pearls!

You can enjoy this refreshing thai iced tea recipe on a hot summer day or cool down from a spicy thai meal with it! 

So go ahead mate, give it a try, and enjoy your delicious homemade thai iced tea!

what kind of milk should be used to make thai milk tea?

To create its trademark creaminess and sweetness, thai iced tea usually relies on the use of both condensed milk and evaporated milk. There are vegan alternatives to whole milk that can be used in place of it in some recipes, such as coconut or almond milk. 

Of course, some folks swear by the full-fat goodness of whole or evaporated milk, claiming it brings out the best in the tea's flavour. But let's be real, at the end of the day it's all about what tickles your tastebuds and what's most convenient for you.

So go on and experiment with different milk options until you find the perfect match for your thai iced tea cravings!

which sweetener and spices should be used while making thai milk tea?

When using Teapigs tea to make thai iced tea, you can adjust the taste with your choice of sugar and spice. Sugar or condensed milk is used to add sweetness to traditional thai milk tea recipes, and spices like cardamom and star anise are added for a smoky, aromatic flavour. In addition to black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla are some of the most often used spices.

For a creamy and tasty end result, we can use a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, pure vanilla essence, and ground cinnamon.

And remember, it's totally okay to try out a few sweeteners before settling on the best one for your thai iced tea!

what does thai tea taste like?

In Australia, there’s no doubt that Thai restaurants and cafes serve some of the country's best thai iced tea. Maybe it's something you've tried before already, or perhaps not.

Either way, if you're looking for something sweet and creamy with a distinctive taste, you can't go wrong with thai iced tea fellas.

Black tea, star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon are brewed together and flavoured with sugar and condensed or evaporated milk to create this tasty thai iced tea drink. The spices lend an earthy, exotic flavour that is both refreshing and fulfilling, while the sugar and milk smooth out the tea's natural bitterness.

what if thai tea is too bitter?

Fellas can't get enough of the unique and delicious flavours of this tea, but what happens when it's a bit too bitter for your liking?

Fret not mate, no need to panic - because fortunately, we’ve got plenty of tricks up our sleeves to help you adjust the flavour to your thai iced tea!

One solution is to add a little extra sugar or condensed milk to the mix of your thai iced tea. This can help to take the edge off the bitterness and make the flavour more well-rounded. Another idea is to try a different tea blend or steep it for a shorter period of time.

If ya really want to cut back on the bitterness, consider swapping out your tea for a lower-tannin variety, like the softer and less bitter Ceylon tea. And if you've gotcha a sweet tooth, a few drops of vanilla essence could be the perfect way to add a little extra sweetness and tame the bitter taste!

Ultimately, the best way to change the taste of your thai iced tea is to experiment with different ratios of sugar, milk, and tea until you discover the perfect balance of flavour for you.

Happy sipping mates!

how is thai tea different from regular tea?

Thai iced tea has a distinctive flavour that sets it apart from other types of tea, its distinctive and refreshing flavour is imparted by the spices. Black tea, sugar, spices including star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, and either condensed or evaporated milk are the main ingredients, and there’s a tiny bitterness to the tea from the tea itself, which is countered by sugar and milk.


Thai milk tea is an interesting interplay of flavours as the boldness of black tea melds seamlessly with the spices and the sweetness of condensed milk, forming a balanced yet vibrant concoction. Teapigs' Darjeeling Earl Grey tea adds a nuanced layer, infusing the concoction with a touch of sophistication.

The fusion of these interesting ingredients echoes the essence of Thai culinary heritage. And beyond being an amazing drink, thai milk tea beckons as a cultural handshake – an embodiment of Thailand's culinary prowess that continues to intrigue palates across borders. A reminder that a sip can unfold tales of tradition and innovation. 

faqs on thai tea recipe

Q. what is thai milk tea made of?

A. Thai Milk Tea is a blend of strong black tea infused with aromatic spices like cinnamon and cardamom. It's mixed with condensed milk, giving it a creamy texture and rich flavour. This Thai beverage is a harmonious fusion of bold tea, fragrant spices and luscious sweetness.

Q. what is the flavour of thai milk tea?

A. Australia's thai eateries undeniably offer some of the finest thai milk tea creations, and it’s quite likely that you’ve tried them. But if not, you can trust us – you can’t go wrong with thai milk tea if you’re seeking a sweet delight with a unique edge. Black tea, cardamom and cinnamon, condensed and evaporated milk infused with sugar, deliver a satisfying balance of earthy, exotic and smooth flavours.

Q. what is the difference between thai tea and thai milk tea?

A. Traditional thai iced tea is a brew of black tea and spices, whereas thai iced tea is the same tea but with the addition of condensed or evaporated milk, giving it a creamy and sweet texture. Some people prefer thai iced tea because of its distinct and aromatic flavour.

Q. what toppings go with thai milk tea?

A. Thai iced tea is a favourite beverage that can be consumed on its own or elevated with a variety of tasty add-ins. Boba pearls, which are chewy balls made from tapioca, are popular toppings. Grass jelly, basil seeds, coconut jelly, and vanilla ice cream are also common ones.



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