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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Thai Iced Tea

I often write about memories on this blog which eventually lead to recipes.  There are things from our past that just stick with you all your life.  Many of those things happen during the very young or adolescent years.  The happy events during that part of your life is your therapy source for the following part of your life.  Just listen to a song you liked when you were 10-15 years of age now, and pay attention to your emotions.
This tea is just like the song "Waterfall" by TCL.
Any Thai restaurant I went to with the family was Thai iced tea and green curry.  Each and every time was a moment worth reliving.
Yield 1 L
4 1/2 cups water
5 thai black teabags or 80g loose thai tea
2 star anise
3 cloves
1/4 cup sugar (I used only 2 Tbsp)
splash of milk or half and half per glass
lots of ice
1.  Boil the water and pour over the tea, sugar, star anis, and cloves.
2.  Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove teabags or loose tea, star anis, and cloves.
3.  Let cool, then chill.
4.  To serve, fill each glass with ice, pour the chilled tea, then add a generous splash of whole milk or half and half.

Enjoy the silky texture flow over your tongue and explore your mouth before cooling your throat and trickling down into your stomach....
I'm very satisfied with the outcome of this Thai iced tea.  It not as sweet as the "real" Thai iced tea you can find in restaurants, which is easy to remedy if that's what you're going for.
I usually don't drink anything but water or Perrier because of the sweet factor.  I don't feel comfortable with sugary drinks and I rarely go for them unless they're equally bitter or sour.  This drink is neither bitter nor sour, but is absolutely perfect!

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