Step aside Starbucks, because this authentic Thai iced coffee is just as good (or better), plus it's easy to make and costs just pennies a cup. If that's not enough, making it yourself means you get to choose your favorite blend or brand of coffee bean. This drink is sold on all the streets and beaches in Thailand, and it's perfect to quench your thirst on a hot day when served simply over ice.
Make a jug of Thai iced coffee and keep it on hand in the refrigerator for whenever the mood strikes you and whenever a jolt of caffeine is in order. Adding your favorite liqueur kicks it up a notch for a delicious after-dinner drink.
- 2 large cups hot, strongly brewed coffee or strong instant coffee (if using leftover coffee, briefly reheat)
- 4 to 6 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- Ice cubes
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk or fresh heavy cream
- Pour hot coffee into a glass jug or other container for mixing and pouring.
- Add sweetened condensed milk to taste and stir well until dissolved. Add a few ice cubes and refrigerate for 1 or more hours.
- To serve, place a few ice cubes in the bottom of each glass and pour the coffee over. Top each drink with a few tablespoons of the evaporated milk or heavy cream.
- Taste test the coffee—you want it to taste strong and sweet. Add more sweetened condensed milk if you prefer it sweeter, or more evaporated milk/heavy cream for a richer taste or if it's too strong. (Note that this iced coffee is meant to be rather sweet.)
- This iced coffee is excellent as is, or serve with a shot of Cointreau, Bailey's Irish cream, Kahlua, or your favorite liqueur.
More Coffee Drinks
Expand your coffee repertoire with these drinks from around the globe:
- German coffee and ice cream: Cold coffee and ice cream never tasted so good, and the caffeine content has a restorative quality.
- Italian iced espresso: In Italy, the popular caffè shakerato employs a cocktail technique to transform espresso into a frothy, frosty drink with a thick layer of creamy foam.
- Bailey's Irish ice: Guinness gelato meets Irish cream in this yummy iced dessert coffee. The entire drink is topped off with a shot of espresso, whipped cream, and fresh mint.
- Homemade coffee liqueur: Make an economical version of Tia Maria or Kahlua at home. This coffee liqueur recipe is easily customized to personal tastes by varying the level of coffee, sugar, or vanilla.
- Coffee with tea: This unlikely combination of coffee and tea is a tasty and energizing beverage from Hong Kong. The mixture of homemade milk tea and fresh-brewed coffee in this incredibly easy recipe provides quite a jolt of caffeine.