Spiced Thai Iced Tea


Similar to the Thai iced tea served in Thai restaurants made with red rooibos or orange black tea. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
4 glasses


  • 5 cups water

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 5 pods star anise

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 4 pods cardamom, crushed

  • 8 red rooibos tea bags

  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk

  • ice


  1. Place water, sugar, star anise, cinnamon stick, and cardamom in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let tea steep and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  2. Remove tea bags and strain out whole spices; discard. Whisk in condensed milk. Pour into a large pitcher and refrigerate until flavors combine, at least 1 hour.

  3. Fill 4 glasses with ice. Serve tea over ice.

Cook's Note:

Substitute orange-flavored black tea for the red rooibos if preferred.

If using loose tea, use 1/2 cup tea leaves instead of 8 to 10 tea bags. In step 2, strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth set in a fine-mesh sieve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

251 Calories
5g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 193mg 15%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 238mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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