Thai Tea


What makes it so good?

I don't know anyone who doesn't love Thai tea. It's a sweet, smooth drink with a distinct flavor originating from black tea, cinnamon, vanilla, and star anise. The flavor and scent of star anise powder is reminiscent of licorice, and many Asian cultures use it to enhance their foods and drinks.

Thai tea is easy to find in many restaurants and even in stores. However, if you would like to make it in the comfort of your own home, view the steps below to enjoy Thai tea anytime!


  • 1 gallon water
  • 8 star anise, ground
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla, powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon (pinch) cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon (pinch) cloves, ground
  • 3/4 quart black tea leaves, Chinese or Sri Lankan, with or without caffeine
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar
  • 1 quart half and half
  • Red food coloring or beet powder

(You can substitute coconut milk, evaporated milk or rice milk for half and half.)


  1. Boil water. Add the star anise, spices, and tea leaves while it's boiling, and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat. Cover and steep until the water is lukewarm.
  3. Strain the spices and leaves from the water, and add sugar to taste. Add food coloring as desired.
  4. Pour into cup, add half and half, and stir. Add ice as desired.
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Guru-C 9 years ago

I've always wondered why Thai tea is so delicious and now I can try preparing thanks to you!

thai iced tea fan 7 years ago

I brought my Thai tea powder from they are so yummy.....

Pauline 7 years ago

I tried the tea from I don't like their tea bag. It is too mild for me. The tea powder is good. It full of favor. I like it.

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California Author

Thanks for the tips!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

glassvisage, I adore tea, thanks for the recipe, I'm excited to try it. Thanks and Peace :)

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Drood 6 years ago

just put up a hub on tea, saw your hub, had to link up. more great stuff. thanks. gonna have to explore sri lanka. made some of your thai tea and i loved it! one more way to use star anise.

Derek Goodman 5 years ago

Seems so interesting about this articl about Thai

Thai Tea Set 5 years ago

Also you can use a special Thai Tea powder which includes star-anise and other components.

r.e hopkins 5 years ago

the lord led me to anise. now it's time for intimacy. thanks

Mafalda 5 years ago

I love Thai tea! It's so fresh and sweet!

I just do one thing different, I use soy milk, as I am a vegan and it's delicious!

It's one of my favourite teas, not just for its peculiar taste, but for its health benefits! It's great to treat digestive disorders, prevent cardiovascular diseases or protect you from viruses and bacteria.

It has worked for me!

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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California Author

Thanks for the tip Mafalda!

Mafalda 5 years ago

Hope you like it glassvisage! I am a huge of teas, so I love experimenting new things!

Have fun!

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