Thai Iced Tea

This sweet and creamy iced tea gets its signature flavor from cardamom, star anise and vanilla.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed

2 pieces star anise 

1/4 cup loose Thai black tea leaves  

1/4 cup sugar 

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 


Special equipment:
  1. Add the cardamom pods, star anise and 4 cups water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the tea. Turn off the heat, then cover and let steep for 2 minutes.
  2. Fold a piece of cheesecloth in half and lay it in a mesh sieve. Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth into a small bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla and stir until dissolved. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.  
  3. Fill 4 glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the ice.