Thai tea is so easy to make. Homemade Sugar Free Thai tea is equally easy to make with a few simple ingredients. Once you make a batch of this sweet refreshing drink, you won’t ever order it at a Thai Restaurant again.

pouring cream into sugar free thai iced tea

Best Restaurant Style Thai Tea

Years ago we published our super popular thai iced tea recipe that’s restaurant style. With so many positive responses over the years, we realize that our keto friends had no options. So when we’d serve our popular Thai tea, they would be able to taste it. Now we developed a version that has no sugar, but still loaded with flavor.

Sugar Free Thai Iced Tea for Keto

So what makes regular Thai iced tea sugar free? It’s all in the monk fruit, stevia, or splenda sweeteners. Monk fruit sweetener is a sugar free, keto friendly sweetener. It’s a naturally growing fruit that is naturally very sweet and low-calorie. There’s different articles out there on it so it’s good to research to make sure it works for your specific diet. There’s some benefits to monk fruit. But we’ve made this so many times and it tastes just like the regular sugar Thai tea.

stirring sugar free thai tea

Best Monk fruit and Sugar Free Sweeteners for Sugar Free Thai Tea

We’ve tried all these different sugar free sweeteners. They all taste good but found that the monk fruit is the most natural tasting without any aftertaste. But if you have a sugar free sweeter that you’re partial to, then use that one.

Ratios for Sugar Free Sweeteners

Sugar-free sweeteners have many different sugar substitution ratios based on the brand & type of sweetener. Use the substitution ratio based off of the exact sweetener you are using (check the back of your packaging) to be equivalent to 3/4 cup of sugar, or sweetened to your liking.

Here’s some common sugar-free sweetener options to equal 3/4 cup of sugar sweetness (our base sweetness for a batch of Thai Iced Tea): 

  • 3/4 cup (160 g) Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol 
  • 3/4 cup (25 g) Granular Splenda
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) Stevia

Video: Sugar Free Thai Tea Recipe : Restaurant Style

How to make Sugar Free Thai Iced Tea at Home

It’s so simple to make restaurant style thai tea that’s sugar free! The only difference in our Thai tea recipe when compared to most restaurant versions is that we’re using a little less sweetener. After making your first batch of Thai iced tea you can customize the flavors and concentration the way you like. It’s one of those recipes that is great no matter how you make it because it’s just so decadent and satisfying.

Cha Thai Tea Mix with glass of Thai Iced Tea

Use this authentic Thai tea mix when making it like the restaurants. These Thai tea mixes are normally dyed with yellow food coloring (look on the package) and that’s what gives it it’s bright orange color. Also, Thai tea has a vanilla aroma to it. So if you want to have the brilliant orange color and flavors like most of the Thai restaurants, then this is one of the brands of Thai tea to buy: Cha Thai Tea Mix.

There’s other brands of Thai tea mixes to buy, some we’ve loved, and others seemed a bit flat. Because they are imported, and it seems like everyone is having supply issues, sometimes we have to switch between what’s available. We’ve tried as many as we can get our hands on to find you the best Thai tea mixes to buy, Here’s another great one we love: Cha Tra Mue Brand (Number One) Thai Tea Mix.

Best Cloth Tea Filter

Here’s a re-usable cloth tea filter that can also be helpful as well. We usually make large batches, so we just simmer the tea leaves in the hot water.

Organic Thai Tea

All Natural Thai Tea

Using organic black tea bags instead of the Thai tea mix:  We also tested another version with pekong black tea bags and the flavor was still great. Only thing missing was the brilliant orange color and the subtle hint of sweet vanilla. If you want an all Natural Thai tea blend, here’s one we’ve found.

Why is Thai Tea Bitter?

Sometimes the thai tea mixture can be too bitter for some peoples taste. Everyone has a different level of taste sensitivity and thus, the astringency of the tea can be overwhelming. So how to make thai tea less bitter? It’s easy. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Don’t over-steeped it. This means that the leaves were soaking in the hot water for too long. We suggest steeping the leaves for about 30 minutes but not longer than 1 hour. Most of our readers have had lots of success with this recipe and timing!
  • More Water: If you’ve already made the mix, then add a little more water to the mix until it tastes more balanced.
  • Or if you’re going to brew the mixture, use about 30% of the tea leaves.
  • You can add a little more of the half/half or cream to soften the astringency. You’ll have a creamier Thai tea drink, but that’s still quite delicious.
  • Extra Ice: Add more ice to water down the drink.
pouring cream into sugar free thai iced tea

Sugar-Free Thai Iced Tea Recipe

When we make our Thai Tea mix from this mix we changed to a sugar-free option of monk fruit sweetener (we tested a bunch of options, but liked the monk fruit sweetener the most), and reduced their suggested sweetness amount by about 20% to our own personal taste. For those of you who prefer an organic version with coconut milk, that option is below too. In the recipe there are two options for creating your Thai Iced Tea – Option #1 Using a purchased Thai Tea Mix.
And Option #2 – Making it from scratch using organic black tea bags and spices.
Nutrition based on using Thai tea mix.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

option #1 – thai tea mix ingredients:

  • 1 cup (80 g) Thai Tea Mix
  • 4 cups (960 ml) water
  • 3/4 cup (145 g) Monk Fruit Sweetener , or sweetener of choice *see Note 1 below recipe
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) half and half (approximately), (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
  • ice

option #2 – using organic tea bags ingredients:

  • 4 cups (960 ml) water
  • 4 organic black tea bags
  • 3/4 cup (145 g) Monk Fruit Sweetener , or sugar free sweetener of choice *see Note 1 below recipe
  • 2 anise stars
  • 1 green cardamom pod , smashed
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) half and half (approximately), (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
  • ice

Instructions 

option #1 – Thai tea mix directions:

  • Bring water to boil and add the thai tea mix. Add monk fruit sweetener and gently stir to completely dissolve. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Steep tea for at least 30 minutes. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes.
    Steeping tea for 30 minutes
  • Strain the tea leaves (we love using these reusable cloth filters). Set finished Thai tea aside to cool. You can make this ahead of time and have the Thai tea chilling in the fridge. We usually like to make the tea mix ahead of time and grab it from the fridge when ready to enjoy (keeps about 5-7 days in the fridge).
    Straining tea through reusable cloth strainer
  • When ready to serve: fill glasses with ice and pour in Thai tea leaving enough room to top with half & half (or other creamer).
    Pouring thai tea into glass with ice
  • Top with half & half (or other creamer). For an 8 oz. glass we like to add about 2-3 tablespoons of half & half for a creamy flavor.
    Topping thai tea with half and half

option #2 – using organic tea bags directions:

  • Bring water to boil and add the tea bags, monk fruit sweetener, star anise, cardamom pod and cloves. Stir until all the sweetener dissolves. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes. (We prefer to allow the tea bags to steep for about 2 hours for maximum flavor, but if it steeps too much longer than that, some teas will start to get overly bitter and astringent).
  • Remove the tea bags and spoon out the star anise, cardamom pod and cloves (or strain to remove). Place in the fridge to chill. You can make this ahead of time and have the organic Thai tea chilling in the fridge. Keeps for about 5-7 days in the fridge.
  • When ready to serve: fill glasses with ice and pour in organic Thai tea leaving enough room to top with half & half (or other creamer). For an 8 oz. glass we like to add about 2-3 tablespoons of half & half for a creamy flavor.

Notes

Sugar-free sweeteners: Sugar-free sweeteners have many different sugar substitution ratios based on the brand & type of sweetener. Use the substitution ratio based off of the exact sweetener you are using (check the back of your packaging) to be equivalent to 3/4 cup of sugar, or sweetened to your liking.
Here’s some common sugar-free sweetener options to equal 3/4 cup of sugar sweetness (our base sweetness for a batch of Thai Iced Tea): 
3/4 cup (145 g) Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol 
3/4 cup (25 g) Granular Splenda
1/4 cup (45 g) Stevia

Video

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 53kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 40mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 107IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 3mg
two glasses of sugar free thai tea

Make Party Thai Tea For a Crowd

This is a great drink to serve at parties. Everyone has the traditional lemonade, punch, juice, sparkling water. Booorrrring. Make a big batch of the Thai tea with the cream the night before. Make it in a big pitcher and stir, then taste. Once you like the flavor, then you’re halfway there. When party day rolls around, just put some ice in a glass and pour the thai tea mix into each glass. Easy peasy to serve this for a crowd at a party!

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