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Green Thai tea recipe makes a refreshing double-layered drink that’s perfect for cooling down on hot summer days. With fresh lime juice and rich honey, this is the perfect fusion of tangy notes and natural sweetness.
This is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for your next party!
What is green Thai tea
Green Thai tea is a traditional Thai beverage, beloved for its green hue and unique flavor. It combines the natural sweetness of honey with zesty lime, creating a refreshing drink typically enjoyed on warm days.
Thai iced green tea
The best thing about Thai street food markets is the refreshing drinks, and Thai teas are always a hit. Originally from Northern Thailand’s tea plantations, they’re now available at every single food market and even at local 7-elevens.
Green Thai tea (ชาเขียว) is super versatile and usually served iced, perfect for cooling down from the tropical heat! The tea leaves, maybe with a hint of jasmine or other local herbs, are steeped in hot water before being chilled into a plastic cup full of ice.
I love the variety of Thai drinks available at the markets, like Thai coffee and fruit shakes, but what I love even more is recreating them at home. I get to pick how sweet, what goes in, everything.
For this recipe, I went with a double-layered Thai green tea. The tea is gently poured over a sweet mix of honey and lime. And yep, it tastes as good as it looks! You can mix it up or sip the layers as they are and have it hot or iced.
Refreshing, easy, and perfect for a summer party or a quick, cool drink. This green Thai tea recipe is a must-try.
Thai Green tea vs matcha
Both drinks share a vibrant green hue, but they are worlds apart when it comes to taste, ingredients, and preparation:
Thai green tea
- Flavor profile: Sometimes infused with jasmine or other herbs, it offers sweet, floral, and earthy citrusy notes.
- Origin: Hails from Thailand, specifically the Northern part, known for its many tea-growing regions.
- Color: A light golden-green hue, clear and smooth.
- Preparation: Steeped in hot water, often served iced with additions like honey and lime or lemon for a refreshing note.
- Health benefits: Rich in antioxidants, promotes heart health, and aids in digestion.
- Caffeine content: Thai green iced tea is lower in caffeine compared to matcha, great for a gentle energy boost. The caffeine content can vary depending on factors such as the specific type of tea leaves used, the brewing method, and the duration of steeping.
- Flavor profile: Known for its vibrant, umami-rich taste and a touch of bitterness, sometimes described as grassy or vegetal with a slightly sweet aftertaste.
- Origin: Some people believe matcha originated in Japan, but it actually originated in China. Matcha tea’s origins can be traced all the way back to the Tang Dynasty in China, almost a thousand years ago.
- Color: Matcha is a very bright green tea – high quality matcha is vibrant vivid green, but it can range in color from a yellow-green to a deep green.
- Preparation: Traditionally, matcha powder is whisked into hot water or milk.
- Health benefits: Matcha tea may improve cardiovascular health, is rich in antioxidants, and it may have cancer-fighting effects. Additionally, it may spur weight loss, and it may give you healthy, glowing skin. (source)
- Caffeine content: A typical serving of matcha contains about 70 milligrams of caffeine, offering a unique caffeine kick without jitters.
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Thai green tea mix number one brand tea (Chatramue) – It’s important to pick the exact brand I used. Original Thai number one brand (Chatramue) is readily available at Asian grocery stores, Asian markets, and at Amazon.
- Hot water – Hot water is essential for coaxing out the rich flavors of the Thai green tea leaves.
- Lime juice – Make sure to use fresh lime juice, not the bottled stuff. The lime juice adds a zesty, citrusy note to the double-layered tea.
- Honey – The golden nectar of honey adds a warm, floral sweetness that only pure honey can provide. It perfectly complements the lime’s tanginess. Avoid white sugar and brown sugar to replicate the exact flavors of this Thai green tea recipe.
- Water – Water dilutes the lime juice and honey mixture just enough to balance the flavors, making sure that the sweet and tangy flavors in your green Thai iced tea aren’t too overpowering.
How to make Thai green tea
Step 1: Place green Thai tea leaves into a cloth filter in a pitcher.
Step 2: Pour hot water over green Thai tea leaves in the filter.
Step 3: In a small bowl, combine water, honey, and fresh lime juice.
Step 4: Pour the honey, lime, and water mixture into a tall serving glass.
Step 5: Fill your glass with crushed ice.
Step 6: Gently pour the green Thai tea over the crushed ice atop the honey lime mixture. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Tea infuser or tea socks / French press / fine mesh strainer / cloth filter
- Ice cube trays or crushed ice maker for Thai iced green tea
- Large pot for boiling water
- Tall glasses for serving
This Thai green tea recipe is so easy to adjust, there are endless variations you can try:
Sweeter or more tangy: Simply adjust the honey and lime ratios to make your tea sweeter or more tangy. Use a different sweetener, like brown sugar syrup. At Thai street food markets, the drinks are usually served really sweet as Thais love sweet drinks.
Herbs and spices: Add a slice of lemongrass, galangal, or ginger for a warm, spicy note that complements the sweetness of honey and the tartness of lime. Experiment with vanilla, mint, star anise, etc.
Creamy variation: Stir in some condensed milk after steeping the green tea.
Green tea extract: For an extra health boost, you can add a touch of green tea extract.
Sparkling: Add carbonated water for a fizzy drink.
Boba tea: You can easily turn this into a bubble tea by adding chewy tapioca pearls. Don’t forget a large straw when serving!
Matcha: Swap the green tea for matcha for an extra caffeine boost or a deeper flavor.
Lemon: Swap out the lime for lemon to give your green tea with honey a different kind of citrus zing.
Thai green tea mix (number one brand – ChaTraMue)
Thai green tea mix from Chatramue, also known as Number One Brand Tea, is a premium blend of quality green tea leaves. Renowned for its authentic flavor, this mix is perfect for creating a traditional green Thai tea.
It’s a must-have for making this recipe and is exclusively grown & harvest from the cool mountainous regions in Thailand.
Green tea with lime and honey serving ideas
Serve this Thai tea on a hot summer’s day or for cozying up during the winter chill. This green tea with lime and honey is super versatile! In the summer, serve it iced for an escape from the heat. In the winter, you can let the hot tea warm you up. It also provides a gentle energy boost, perfect for any time you need a little lift.
When ready to serve, pour the lime honey mixture into a serving glass and fill with crushed ice. Then, carefully pour the freshly brewed green tea on top of the mixture.
How to store
This tea is best when enjoyed fresh. If you do want to store it, allow your brewed Thai green tea to cool to room temperature. Transfer the tea into an airtight container, preferably one made of glass or ceramic. Store in a dark place or in your refrigerator for up to two days.
Benefits of green Thai tea
Green Thai tea, mixed with lime and honey, is a delicious drink with many health benefits. It’s full of antioxidants that boost overall wellness and heart health. This tea aids digestion, thanks to honey’s prebiotic properties, and keeps you hydrated.
The caffeine in green tea gives a gentle energy lift, while its metabolism-boosting qualities assist in weight management. Lime’s vitamin C boosts immunity, and both honey and lime have soothing and detoxifying benefits. Plus, it’s a delicious way to stay healthy and refreshed.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best Thai tea to water ratio?
Use 1.5 tablespoons of Thai tea powder for every 1 cup of water.
Does green Thai tea have caffeine?
Yes, green Thai tea contains caffeine, but generally less than black tea or coffee.
How many calories are in Thai green tea?
Plain Thai green tea has virtually no calories. Adding honey or sugar increases the calorie count.
What does green Thai tea taste like?
It has a unique flavor profile, often a mix of sweet and earthy with floral notes, sometimes with hints of jasmine.
Where did Thai green tea originate?
Thai green tea originated in the tea-growing regions of Northern Thailand.
Is Thai green tea healthy?
Yes, it’s rich in antioxidants, aids in digestion, and supports heart health.
Thai drink recipes
Green Thai Tea Recipe (ชาเขียว)
This green Thai tea recipe is perfect for cooling down on a hot summer's day or for warming up during the winter.
Place green Thai tea leaves into a cloth filter in a pitcher.
Pour hot water over green Thai tea leaves in the filter.
In a small bowl, combine water, honey, and fresh lime juice.
Pour the honey, lime, and water mixture into a tall serving glass.
Fill your glass with crushed ice.
Gently pour the green Thai tea over the crushed ice atop the honey lime mixture. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 188kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 0.01g1%
- Total Carbohydrate 51.39g18%
- Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
- Sugars 49g
- Protein 0.24g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.