In a previous post I wrote about Cha Yen, Thailand’s popular cold tea drink. Many of you requested the recipe for this delicious beverage and I’m going to share my easy recipe for it today.
If you attend any of the upcoming Thai Foot Reflexology workshops, I will personally serve you a cup of it myself!
June 15 & 16, 2013 – Jacksonville, Florida
August 10 & 11, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
September 28 & 29, 2013 – Fargo North Dakota
A traditional cha yen (tea with milk) is made with China black tea, milk, sugar, star anise, vanilla bean, clove, cinnamon, cardamom and orange rind. I have experimented with those ingredients and eventually settled on a version that starts with a high quality purchased Thai tea blend. Here’s my healthy recipe for one cup:
1 heaping t. Arbor Teas’ organic Thai tea blend www.arborteas.com
¼ t. orange rind
smidgeon of crushed cloves (not powder)
big pinch of crushed cinnamon stick
1&1/4 t. coconut sugar (can substitute maple syrup)
2 T. coconut milk
Put first four ingredients in a teapot (preferably one with an infuser).
Pour ½ c. boiling water over tea ingredients and steep for 4 minutes.
Pour tea into glass or cup. Discard tea ingredients.
Stir in sweetener.
Add ½ c. cool water. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes.
Refrigerate until cold.
Stir in milk.
ENJOY! Go native – use a straw!