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.I’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.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!I 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).Print
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
For the simple syrup:
- Place sugar, water, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and star anise into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain syrup through a sieve or cheesecloth and let cool.
For the Thai Iced Tea:
- 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.
What’s your opinion on Thai Iced Tea? Delicious or too sweet? See below for more hot weather drinks that are sure to cool you off:
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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