Thai tea drinks

Sawatdee ka,

Last month I shared the recipe for the famous “Thai iced tea” my mom taught me. For those who don’t like milk, there are other cold Thai tea drinks you might like to try.

Cha Dam Yen

1. Dark Thai iced tea [ชาดำเย็น : Cha Dam Yen]  is Thai tea served chilled with no milk content, sweetened with sugar only. If you like it hot then order Dark Thai hot tea (ชาดำร้อน : Cha Dam Ron)


  • 1 black tea bag
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2/3 cup water


  • Boil water, then brew tea for at least 2 minutes. Remove tea bag.
  • Add sugar and stir. Let cool.
  • Put ice in a glass and pour cooled tea in.

Cha Ma Now

2.  Lime Thai tea [ชามะนาว: Cha Ma Now] is  similar to Cha Dam Yen, but flavored with lime as well as sweetened with sugar. Mint leaves may also be added.

The recipe and the preparation are the same as Cha Dam Yen, just add lime juice according to your taste. You can also decorate your drink with a thin slice of lime 🙂

**Thai language tip: If you prefer your drink unsweetened, you can order your drink by adding the phrase ไม่หวาน [mâi wăan] meaning ‘not sweet’ , or ไม่ใส่น้ำตาล [mâi sài nám-dtaan] meaning ‘don’t add sugar’ after your order 🙂


Have you tried these drinks before? Let me know how you liked them.


Photos credit: Asianwok

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5 Responses to Thai tea drinks

  1. ken 19/03/2016 at 17:51 #

    What is yrs name in youtube..i will following to see recipies.recipies. Thanks

    • Mod 07/04/2016 at 18:29 #

      My YouTube channel is “ThaiwithMod”. Thank you for subscription.

  2. Mike 29/10/2012 at 08:29 #

    That sounds like the “Southern” iced tea we drink here in the southern part of the United States. I was in Thailand in September and couldn’t find anything like it. Thank you, I’m coming back in June, maybe I’ll have better luck next time.

  3. yoshi 06/08/2012 at 20:22 #

    I love Thai iced tea. It’s very reasonable drink and taste is good (sometimes too sweet ! 555 ).
    Oh I have one question I want to know.
    What is ‘ โอเลี้ยง ‘ ?
    Is this one of the traditional Thai tea or coffee ?
    And how to pronounce it?

  4. Wit 04/08/2012 at 18:16 #

    I love making Thai iced Tea. I used to have a Thai blog and I wrote about making Thai tea plus a video on You Tube but they are not online anymore. I miss my Cha Yen. : /

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