Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pure Leaf via Mode Media. Thanks for supporting brands that align with my values and help make TFD possible. I was compensated for my time but as always, all opinions are my own!

Homemade Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a refreshing treat for hot summer days. Subtly sweet with a little spice, this beverage is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.Homemade Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a refreshing treat for hot summer days. Subtly sweet with a little spice, this beverage is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. | @karalydon karalydon.com/blogI’m baaaaaaaaaack! Did you miss me? I missed YOU ALL. The time off did me good and was exactly what I needed to recharge and feel re-inspired to share new recipes and content with you all. I can’t wait to share some of my foodie highlights from Ireland, Paris, and Barcelona with you over the next couple weeks! Until then…pinkies up cause it’s tea time.

It’s no secret that I’m an avid tea drinker. Friends who know me well know that when I say let’s grab a coffee that I really mean you can grab a coffee, Imma grab a tea. I start every day with a cup of black tea with lemon and honey and usually round out the work day with a cup of pomegranate green tea.

Tea rocks. It’s packed with antioxidants and has been studied for a number of potential health benefits such as heart health, cancer, weight loss, and hydration. The most promising findings are on heart health – the flavonoids present in black and green tea have been shown to reduce incidence of heart attack and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Thai Iced Tea | @karalydon

One of my favorite tea “treats” is Thai Iced Tea and I used to order it at Thai restaurants until I realized it always gave me a wicked bad stomach ache because it was way too sweet and contained too much milk. But I thought I could easily remedy this by making a homemade dairy-free version!

Vegan Thai Iced Tea | @karalydonI used

Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea to make this drink and Pure Leaf prides themselves on not using any preservatives, added color, or artificial flavors. In fact, they have a “Tea Master” who travels around the world picking the finest tea leaves for their product. (Note to self: choose Tea Master as career goal in future life).

Vegan Thai Iced Tea | @karalydon

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Vegan Thai Iced Tea | @karalydon

Vegan Thai Iced Tea

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  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x



For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod

For the Thai iced tea:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 6 tbsp simple syrup
  • 7 cups Lipton Pure Leaf Unsweetened Iced Tea
  • Ice


For the simple syrup:

  1. Place sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and star anise into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain syrup through a sieve or cheesecloth and let cool.

For the Thai Iced Tea:

  1. In a pitcher, stir together iced tea, coconut milk, simple syrup and ice. Serve immediately.


To make individual servings, combine 1 cup iced tea with ¼ cup coconut milk and 1 tbsp simple syrup. Serve over ice.

Cheers, friends!

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Pure Leaf is a premium iced tea brewed from real tea leaves picked at their freshest. For recipes, tea tips and daily inspiration, visit PureLeaf.com.

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  1. Cat

    Nice recipe. I realize this post has been up for a few years, but just found it. Wanted to mention…Like you said, Pure Leaf might align with some of your values, but sadly it does not behind the scenes. It’s owned by Pepsi, which has been wrapped up in issues like deforestation, pollution, obviously issues surrounding plastic and aluminum, etc.

  2. Such a beautiful tea! I love my iced teas in the summer (but I go with stevia to sweeten!)

  3. I love Thai iced tea but I also find it’s usually too sweet or has way too much ice. Love your dairy-free spin on it!

  4. I LOVE Thai Iced tea- never thought about making it at home! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures abroad- sounded like an amazing trip!

  5. Love love love this! I was just saying how much I wanted a healthier version of thia iced tea 🙂

  6. Pinned! I have a low tolerance for super sweet anything so I don’t order sweet tea or Thai Ice tea when I’m out. I will try your version. Looks delicious!

  7. Oh yes – I love Thai iced tea but also don’t like it for the reason you made this version – can’t wait to try it!