Vegan Thai Iced Tea

April 25, 2021mayurisjikoni
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Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a creamy, refreshing and delicious beverage. What I like about this version of the authentic Thai Iced Tea is that it is not too sweet and is much lighter. Don’t get me wrong, I love the authentic one with sweetened condensed milk but cannot indulge in it on a regular basis. I’ve used coconut milk which adds a bit of the natural sweetness. As a result, the additional sweetener used is less.


Street Food or rather Drink – Thai Iced Tea/ Cha Yen

The Thai Iced Tea that is generally served on the streets of Thailand doesn’t have spices and usually is orangish in colour. The reason being that the ready packed tea leaves mixture most vendors use has yellow food coloring. The main taste is from the sweet condensed milk used. Thai Iced Tea sold in restaurants and cafes tends to have a flavorful spicy flavour as spices are added. 

I chose to add spices. I’ve enjoyed this homemade iced tea with sweetened condensed milk and its awesome. Give it a try, either version.


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Are you wondering what Vegan Thai Iced Tea and Food Poetry have in common? Well, April is the National Poetry Month and Stacy who blogs at food lust people recommended that we  write our own poem, long or short about the recipe or a motivational ingredient. I put my name down for participation, as not only is it challenging to write my own poem but also it gave me the opportunity to get my favorite summer beverage on my blog. During our month long stay in Thailand, the one refreshing drink that was easily found at every nook and corner was Thai Iced Tea and Thai Iced Coffee. I loved sipping on the cold flavorful liquid and enjoyed the jelly like boba occasionally. 

For me poems are what I taught the little ones when I was teaching. As for when I was in school we had to memorize Daffodils by William Wordsworth. All I can remember is ” I wandered lonely as a cloud…..something something something.. when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. After that its all blank!

However, on a serious note it is recommended that as we age one should try and memorize a song or a poem. I think I’ll start with Daffodils.

My Poem:

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I chose to write a short poem on one of my favorite ingredients, Coconut. While one can use any nut milk, soy milk or rice/oat milk for Vegan Thai Iced Tea, I chose coconut milk. So without wasting much time here is the poem:


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Ingredients Required For Vegan Thai Iced Tea:

  • Tap/ Bottled Water – need to heat the water to infuse the flavors of the spices and tea.
  • Star Anise – for flavoring, use only one
  • Cardamom – use the cardamom pods. Slightly crack it to allow full infusion of flavors
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
  • Vanilla Pod – quarter of the pod is enough for that subtle flavour. If you don’t have vanilla pod then add vanilla extract after straining the tea mixture. 
  • Black Tea Leaves – for colour best to use loose tea leaves. However, if you don’t have any, use tea bags. If possible try and get Thai Tea.
  • Turmeric Powder – I add a bit of turmeric powder to get the orangish tea colour.
  • Sweetener – I use either brown sugar, maple syrup or coconut sugar. Use any of your choice.
  • Coconut Milk – must be thick and chilled.

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Vegan Thai Iced Tea is a creamy, refreshing and delicious beverage. What I like about this version of the authentic Thai Iced Tea is that it is not too sweet and is much lighter.
5 from 12 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • ¼ vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp black tea leaves
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar/coconut sugar/maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut milk chilled
  • some ice cubes


  • Add water to a saucepan and heat it over medium heat.
  • Add star anise, cardamoms, cinnamon and vanilla pod piece.
  • Allow the water to come to a boil.
  • Add tea leaves and turmeric powder.
  • Take the pan off the heat. Cover the pan with a lid.
  • Allow the spices and tea to infuse for 5-10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea mixture using a sieve.
  • Add the sweetener of yoru choice and mix well.
  • Allow the tea mixture to cool a bit.
  • Chill both the tea mixture and coconut milk in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • Add ice cubes to two tall glasses.
  • Pour the tea mixture over the ice cubes, three quarter full.
  • Top with coconut milk and serve.


  • To make authentic Thai Iced Tea, replace the coconut milk with sweetened condensed milk. Add sugar according to your taste.
  • Make the tea as strong as you like.
  • Add spices of your choice.
Keyword homemade Thai Iced Tea, Vegan Thai Iced Tea

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  • Wendy Klik

    April 25, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    A fun poem and a fun recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 25, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy.

  • Sue Lau

    April 25, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I love Thai tea, but true, I really want to dodge most of that sugar. Yours is a great idea! (and the poem too)

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much Sue. This version is definitely less sugary.

  • Rebekah R Hills

    April 26, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Such a lovely ode to the tough coconut, in poem and recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Rebekah.

  • Stacy

    April 26, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to coconuts, Mayuri, and a great drink to go with it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy, loved the theme you had suggested.

  • Archana

    April 27, 2021 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    Wow 👏👏👏 the poem is awesome! You have cracked the hard nut called poem!
    Loved it.
    As for the vegan thai iced tea I have all the ingredients I need to try it. Sounds easy and delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much Archana. Before I use to write poems but gave up. I think I should start again.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    April 27, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    5 stars
    This vegan thai iced tea is a refreshing drink for summer. Loved the addition of coconut milk to it. Good to read your poetry too. Nice one !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Preethicuisine

    April 28, 2021 at 7:53 am

    5 stars
    This vegan Thai iced tea is so refreshing and Delish. Perfect treat for summers. I loved your poem on coconut. Lovely recipe !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Jolly

    April 28, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    This thai iced tea vegan version sounds so interesting and very refreshing, perfect for this summer. Loved the addition of coconut milk to it. You are a poetry too, I didn’t knew about it👍🏻👍🏻

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 28, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, I use to write a few long time ago and then got busy with kids.

  • Renu

    April 28, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    5 stars
    Love the recipe for iced tea with simple ingredients. The spices would bring so much flavour. And yes Loved your poem so well written, I was completely into it while reading and was imagining myself in each and every sentence as I read, Loved it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you so much Renu, the spices add a subtle flavour. And I’m so happy you loved my poem.

  • Kalyani

    April 29, 2021 at 1:46 am

    5 stars
    Both Poem and the drink rock, Mayuri ! You should take up poetry once more as a serious hobby !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 29, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Seema Sriram

    May 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    5 stars
    Loved the tea every time we went to Thailand, we never have attempted it. It is amazing to see this coconut milk version.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 3, 2021 at 11:28 am

      Even I loved the Thai Iced Teas when we were in Thailand, became my everyday drink. Especially with boba, simply amazing. This is a much lighter and less sugary version.

  • Lata Lala

    May 6, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    The vegan version of Thai iced tea is super awesome Mayuri. Love how you have tweaked it with coconut milk and made it less sugary and light on pallet. A must try recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 6, 2021 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you so much Lata, so true that it is light on the palate and refreshing.

  • Sapana

    May 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    5 stars
    I love the refreshing and delicious Thai iced teas in summers. Never tried making it vegan though but I actually like the idea. We are slowly trying to cut our dairy , i will definitely make vegan Thai iced tea next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Sapana, please try the vegan version. While I love the condensed milk one, it is too sweet as a refreshing drink for daily consumption.

  • Uma

    May 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    5 stars
    Vegan Thai iced tea sounds wonderful! Love all ingredients, including the addition of coconut milk. This is perfect for summer.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much Uma.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    May 7, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    The UK being cold, we really miss refreshing and chilled drinks like iced tea, smoothies, and other chilled drinks. Love this vegan version of Thai iced tea idea.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much, summer for you is round the corner, so you can enjoy the chilled drinks then.

  • Pavani

    May 8, 2021 at 7:19 am

    5 stars
    That is such a refreshing and delicious Thai Iced tea. So perfect on a hot summer day. Also Loved reading your poem about coconut.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Pavani.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    May 8, 2021 at 10:07 am

    5 stars
    Thai iced tea with coconut milk sounds so flavorful ! Beautiful poem. You should write more poems 😀

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    May 14, 2021 at 10:06 am

    5 stars
    Vegan Thai Iced tea such a refreshing drink mayuri ji , love how simple the recipe is! With summer peaking here, such refreshing cold drinks are a must! Added bonus is it being a vegan recipe, would love to try this sometime!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 17, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, please do try it out. I here it is very hot where you are.

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