Fast Thai Iced Tea Frappe

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  2 servings
Prep Time:  15 minutes Cook Time:  5 minutes

Fast Thai Iced Tea Frappe

This is a simple summery twist on a the classic Thai iced tea. Fans of the original know that Thai iced tea is flavored with spices and made rich and luscious with sweetened condensed milk. Here, a whirl in a blender transforms it into a frappe.


3 teabags or 3 tablespoons loose tea leaves, Ceylon preferred

¾ cup sweetened condensed milk (about ½ of a 14-ounce can)

½ teaspoon tamarind paste 

¼ teaspoon ground anise seed

1¼ cup shaved or crushed ice


  1. Brew the tea in boiling water until nice and strong (see Kitchen Tips).
  2. Combine the condensed milk, tamarind paste, and anise seed in a blender and blend until fully combined.
  3. Add the tea and blend until combined. Add the crushed ice and blend again. Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve immediately.

Kitchen Tips

The tea should be steeped long enough that the flavor is noticeable, but not too bitter. The amount of steeping time will vary with the variety of tea and what form it takes (tea bag, loose tea, etc.). Click here for advice about tea and steeping times from The Republic of Tea. Once the tea is brewed to your liking, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day.

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