Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tai Iced Tea !

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How to Make Iced Tai Tea

What you will Need:

Large Pot
Measuring Cup
Black Tea
Sweet or Unsweet Condensed Milk

This has been my favorite drink ever since I tried it for the first time at a shanty little restaurant called Bagel's & Noodles.  Serving breakfast and Tai food was already strange but this special tea was available on their breakfast menu.  My friend ordered one, offered me a sip, and I was hooked.  

Sweet, spicy, creamy, and refreshing all at the same time…I was in love

The tea was pretty pricy, at 2$ for a small glass with no refills it was considered a treat.  After trying to get the recipe from them, asking at specialty tea stores, I finally just decided to try it myself.

Granted it was my first attempt and doesn't taste identical to the original it is pretty damn good!

This is really easy to make and should fill an average size pitcher.  Careful not to wear anything you like because the tea does stain, so be careful :)

Step 1
Measure out 8 cups of water into a large pot and put on high heat. Bring to a boil

Step 2
Add Tea.  Now you can buy loose tea leaves, in which case you will need a strainer.  I don't   have one and didn't want to buy a lot in case is didn't come out good.  I bought a box of tea with 20 packs for around $2.00 and used 10 teabags.  So I can get two pictures out of 1 box, $1.00 a pitcher isn't too bad!

Step 3
Let the tea bags boil on high heat for about 5 minutes and stir a couple times.  After the 5 minutes turned the heat off but leave the pot on the burner and let it cool down for a bit.  

Step 4
Add the sugar, it will dissolve better if the water is really hot but you can add it individually to each cup or all at once like I did. I used a 1/2 Cup of sugar but you can add more or less depending on if you have sweetened confessed milk or just regular evaporated milk. Stir.

Step 5
Remove the tea bags with a spoon or whatever you have on hand.  I put the tea bags into the measuring cup I used and pushed all the left over tea out of them and put it in the pot with the rest.

Step 6
Carefully pour your tea into a pitcher.  I would advise to do this over the sink just in case you spill some.  Put it in the refrigerator so it can cool down.

Step 7
Take you tea out and pour it in a glass over some ice.  Don't fogey to leave about a half an once for the milk!  Add the milk and stir!

Voila ! Tai Iced tea !

MMMmm … Soo YUMMY!

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