Traditional Thai Iced Tea With Star Anise

“I found this derink on Chow & it says that it is very refreshing. I haven't tried it yet but am looking forward to trying this summer (if we have one here in the UK!). Time to make doesn't include chilling time.”
READY IN:
15mins
YIELD:
1/2 gallon
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring 1/2 gallon of cold water to a boil. Add 8 finely crushed star anise pods, 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, the scrapings of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, a pinch each of ground cloves and ground cinnamon, and 1/2 cup Chinese black tea leaves.
  2. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup sugar and a few drops of red food coloring (optional, though traditional). Cover, steeping until tepid.
  3. Strain & place in the refriderator for a few hours to really chill.
  4. Pour the tea over plenty of crushed ice. Top with half-and-half or sweetened condensed milk.

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