Thai Iced Bubble Tea

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Thai ice teas are known for their vibrant orange colour that comes from a food colouring that is added to the tea. But we're not going to add any food colouring, we're going to add some Rooibos tea leaves. It already has its own natural orange colour.  

Thai tea can be served hot or cold. It's a strong brew or tea, usually spiced with the likes of anise, cardamom, vanilla and cloves. It's sweetened with condensed milk or sugar and diluted with more milk for a super creamy and delicious finished product. Tapioca pearls add just enough extra sweetness and chew to this fun drink.

This recipe was made by 

  • 1/2 Cup cooked tapioca pearls (see how to cook tapioca pearls)
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp loose rooibos tea leaves or bags
  • 1 Tbsp loose black tea leaves or bags (Earl Grey) 
  • 2 Star anises (or powder)
  • 2 Whole cloves (or powder)
  • 2 Cardamom pods, cracked (or powder)
  • 2 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 Cups ice cubes 
  • 2 Cups unsweetened oat milk or any milk of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp condensed milk

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  • In a saucepan, bring the water, tea leaves, anise, cloves, and cardamom to a boil.
  • Once boiling, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for an hour to steep.
  • Once the tea has steeped, place a sieve over a jar and strain the tea into the jar.
  • Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • To assemble, add some sweetened condensed milk to each cup or glass. Then add the tapioca pearls, ice, milk, and tea concentrate.
  • To create a layered look, when you pour the milk and tea concentrate respectively, let the liquid fall onto a piece of ice to break its fall. This will create a beautiful layer of colour and make your drink look absolutely gorgeous. 
  • Stir, and enjoy!
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