Thai Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Thai Iced Tea Cocktail is a delicious twist on the traditional Thai Iced Tea, which is a popular beverage in Thailand and Southeast Asia. This cocktail version combines the flavors of the classic Thai Iced Tea with a touch of alcohol, making it a perfect drink for those who enjoy exotic and refreshing cocktails. This drink is perfect for those who love Thai cuisine, tropical vibes, and unique flavors.

  • Originated in Thailand
  • Popular in Southeast Asia
  • Loved by fans of Thai cuisine and tropical flavors

How Thai Iced Tea Cocktail Tastes?

The Thai Iced Tea Cocktail has a sweet, creamy, and slightly spicy taste. It's rich and smooth with a hint of bitterness from the tea, and a subtle kick from the alcohol.

Interesting facts about Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

  • Thai Iced Tea is traditionally made with Ceylon tea, but you can also use black tea or green tea.
  • The orange color of Thai Iced Tea comes from the addition of food coloring or the use of strongly brewed tea.
  • In Thailand, Thai Iced Tea is often served with a meal, especially spicy dishes, as it helps to cool the palate.


  • Thai tea mix: 4 tablespoons
  • Boiling water: 1 cup
  • Granulated sugar: 2 tablespoons
  • Half and half: 1/4 cup
  • White rum: 1.5 ounces
  • Ice cubes: 1 cup

Thai Tea Mix

Thai tea mix is the heart of this cocktail, offering its signature deep orange color and spicy-sweet flavor profile. The 4 tablespoons measure is just enough to brew a strong base without overwhelming the rum. Missing out on Thai tea? It’s like missing a sunset on a beach vacation - simply incomplete. Substitute with a strong black tea and a pinch of star anise or tamarind for a similar kick.

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Boiling Water

1 cup of boiling water is our trusty steed that infuses life into the tea mix. It creates the perfect elixir - too little and your cocktail is a weakling, too much and it's watered down like a rain-soaked romance.

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Granulated Sugar

2 tablespoons of sugar sweeten the deal, creating a balance between the robust tea and the spirits. Omitting sugar is like refusing to smile at a puppy - why would you? If you prefer, honey or agave nectar are admirable understudies here.

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The 1/4 cup of half-and-half floats in like a cloud, providing a creamy top layer. It's like adding a silk scarf to a little black dress - it elevates the whole ensemble. No half-and-half? Coconut cream could add an extra tropical twist.

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White Rum

1.5 ounces of white rum gives this 'tea' its tease, adding a smooth yet potent kick. Not enough rum and you’re at a party without music; too much and it's a solo act. A replacement could be vodka for a less sweet profile.

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Ice Cubes

A cup of ice keeps the party cool, literally. It chills the drink, melding flavors without diluting them too fast, given the proper sipping pace of course. Skimp on ice, and your drink might as well be sunbathing.

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Recipe. How to make Thai Iced Tea Cocktail Drink

  1. Brew the tea:
    • In a heatproof container, combine the Thai tea mix and boiling water.
    • Let it steep for 5 minutes, then strain the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
    • Discard the tea leaves.
  2. Sweeten the tea:
    • Stir in the granulated sugar until it's completely dissolved.
    • Allow the tea to cool to room temperature.
  3. Assemble the cocktail:
    • Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
    • Pour the white rum over the ice.
    • Slowly pour the cooled tea over the ice and rum, leaving about an inch of space at the top of the glass.
    • Gently pour the half-and-half over the back of a spoon, so it floats on top of the tea.
  4. Serve:
    • Give the cocktail a gentle stir before drinking, to mix the layers together.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the presentation, you can garnish the cocktail with a sprig of fresh mint or a slice of lime.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the white rum and enjoy it as a traditional Thai Iced Tea.

Perfect Pairings


  • Crispy Spring Rolls: The crispiness complements the smoothness of the cocktail.
  • Chicken Satay: The spices from the satay blend well with the sweetness and creaminess of the Thai Iced Tea Cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Pad Thai: The iconic Thai dish with its sweet and sour profile matches the cocktail's complexity.
  • Green Curry: The creaminess of the curry is cut through by the refreshing nature of the cocktail.


  • Mango Sticky Rice: A sweet dessert that harmonizes with the creamy and sweet notes of the drink.
  • Fried Banana: The caramelization of the banana pairs nicely with the rum's warmth.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Lemongrass Water: A refreshing palate cleanser that complements the cocktail's spices.
  • Coconut Water: Neutral and hydrating, it balances the cocktail's richness.

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What you could change in Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

  • You can replace the white rum with vodka or gin for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have Thai tea mix, you can use black tea and add a pinch of ground star anise, ground cloves, and ground cinnamon to replicate the flavors.

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Coconut Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

Replace half-and-half with coconut cream and use coconut rum instead of white rum for a tropical makeover. The coconut adds a hint of island life, making it feel like a gentle breeze on a hot day.

Spiced Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

Add a cinnamon stick and a few cloves while steeping the tea. These warm spices will hug your taste buds, making each sip a cozy blanket on a cool evening.

Matcha Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

Incorporate 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into the tea mix for an earthier, slightly bitter contrast to the sweet, creamy cocktail. The matcha not only adds color but layers of flavor, like adding a bass line to a favorite song.

In case you forgot basics how to make Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Thai Iced Tea Cocktail

What type of glassware is best for serving this cocktail?

A tall highball glass is recommended for serving Thai Iced Tea Cocktail to fully showcase its beautiful layered presentation.

Can I use almond milk or other non-dairy alternatives instead of half-and-half?

Yes, almond milk or other non-dairy alternatives like coconut milk or soy milk can be used as substitutes. Always remember that taste and texture might slightly change depending on your choice.

Is there a best time of day to enjoy a Thai Iced Tea Cocktail?

This cocktail can be enjoyed any time of the day. Its refreshing nature makes it a great afternoon sipper, while the alcohol content also make it an excellent choice for evening relaxation.

I don't have any Thai tea mix, how can I create my own?

Thai tea mix can be recreated using strong black tea, while adding ground star anise, tamarind, cardamom, and sometimes even red and yellow food coloring for a traditional orange color.

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