I love Thai Iced Tea. I figured out a couple of years ago that its much cheaper to make at home. I purchased the tea mix at an Asian grocery store and made it every once in a while when I got a craving. But it didn’t happen too often because making it is kind of a hassle. And incredibly messy. The orange color of the leaves always left me with a orange-stained counter, orange-stained hands, orange-stained stove top etc. Most recipes call for steeping the leaves and melting the sugar in a pot on a stove burner. And then straining them out somehow. Or using a giant tea-sock, which I don’t have.
Yesterday, I was craving Thai iced tea while I was in the middle of hosting a yard sale at my house, and I didn’t have time to deal with straining tea leaves, so I was going to attempt to fashion a homemade tea sock out of a coffee filter. And then the genius idea hit me. WHY NOT JUST PUT THE TEA INTO THE COFFEE MAKER?! OMG. IT WORKED!
- 1 cup Thai tea leaves
- 4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 can evaporated milk
Put the tea in the coffee filter in the coffee maker. Pour 4 cups water into the back. Press brew. When its all finished, you should have about 4 servings of tea. Add the sugar to the coffee pot and stir with a rubber spatula (so you don’t break the glass!)
If you don’t have time to chill it to get it cold, I have an excellent tip for making it iced immediately. I put 1 cup tea with 4-5 ice cubes into a drink shaker to get it nice and cold. Pour over more ice in a glass, and top off with desired amount of evaporated milk (apprx. 2 oz per serving). For best results, drink it with a straw (it’s fun and helps prevent your teeth from being stained orange temporarily!)