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That video above just spoke louder than any words ever could. Every single sip of this Thai iced coffee will absolutely affirm skipping that long Starbucks drive-through line.
What is Thai Iced Coffee?
Thai iced coffee, also known as oliang or kafae boran, is a popular beverage originating from Thailand. It is a sweet and refreshing iced coffee that combines the flavors of strong coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and optional spices – which we highly recommend adding!
It’s also eye-opening, jaw-dropping delicious. We couldn’t believe how easy it is to create such magic in a cup, with just 3 little ingredients. We’ve been long-time fanatics of Thai iced coffee. I go weak in the knees at all the Thai restaurants, falling for Thai iced coffee anytime it was on the menu. Known for its bold, sweet, creamy flavors, this coffee beverage is popular for good reason.
The 3 Ingredients
After about 17 cups of trial and tweaking, we zeroed in on just the right ingredient amounts for the most wondrous cup of Thai iced coffee on the planet.
- Good, strong, smooth coffee. Traditionally, Thai iced coffee, the coffee is brewed using a coffee sock or a drip brewer, resulting in a strong concentrate. You can just as easily either brew extra-strong, bold coffee and let it cool before using. Or, you use a strong cold brew. You want strong coffee that doesn’t taste burnt.
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, which is basically just the incredible combination of the creamiest milk and sugar.
- Almond extract — though it’s just a teaspoon, this is an essential piece, so please don’t skip it! You’ll easily use up a bottle of almond extract with these Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars and this Easy Almond Jello.
- A pinch of ground cardamom is optional, but provides a welcoming, aromatic essence – we highly recommend using it.
Pure, creamy, smooth, rich, amazing bliss awaits your mornings or afternoons.
Commonly Asked Questions
Thai iced coffee differs from regular iced coffee in its flavor and preparation. Thai iced coffee uses strong coffee mixed with sweetened condensed milk and spices like cardamom or star anise. Regular iced coffee is simply coffee that is cooled and served over ice.
Some recipes use different spices or flavorings like vanilla or almond extract. Additionally, some people prefer using Thai coconut milk instead of condensed milk to make it dairy-free. We highly recommend using almond extract and sweetened condensed milk for the best flavor profile.
Absolutely! One of the great things about Thai iced coffee is that you can adjust the sweetness to your preference. You can add more or less sweetened condensed milk based on how sweet you like your beverage. If you use less condensed milk, replace it with heavy cream or evaporated milk to help retain creaminess.
If you want to order Thai iced coffee instead of making it, you’ll generally find it at Thai restaurants or cafes. It has also gained popularity globally, so you may find it in specialty coffee shops if you’re lucky to find one that sells it. Given that it’s so easy to make at home, you don’t have to drive out to search for it – you just need strong coffee, almond extract, and sweetened condensed milk. See our recipe.
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Easy Thai Iced Coffee
- In a pitcher, add coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and almond extract. Stir well. If desired, add ground cardamom and stir.
- Pour into 4 glasses filled with ice. Stir and serve immediately.
- Feel free to adjust amount of sweetened condensed milk to taste. If you’d like it less sweet, try replacing some of the sweetened condensed milk with heavy cream or evaporated milk to retain creaminess.
- If preferred, you can use a traditional coffee sock to make strong coffee with.
- Serving ideas: top off with fresh whipped cream for a refreshing coffee treat. For an after-dinner coffee dessert, try adding a splash of Irish cream or Kahlua.
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