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