How to Make a Thai Iced Coffee

crazy by Editorial Staff | Posted on March 11th, 2023

Thai iced coffee, also known as “oliang” or “ice coffee” in Thailand, is a popular beverage in Thai cuisine. Coffee was introduced to Thailand by the French during the early 20th century, quickly becoming a cultural staple. Thai people traditionally enjoy their coffee sweetened, often adding condensed milk or coconut milk for added flavor.

Thai iced coffee is often enjoyed with street food or as a mid-day refreshment in Thailand. It symbolizes the country’s vibrant food culture and fusion of traditional flavors and modern techniques. So, the next time you want to experience a taste of Thailand, try making Thai iced coffee at home for a delicious and authentic experience.

Thai Iced Coffee


  • 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
  • Ice
  • Optional: half-and-half or milk for a creamier taste



  1. Brew the coffee: Using a coffee maker or a French press, brew 2 tablespoons of finely ground coffee beans with 1 cup of water.
  2. Add condensed milk: Once the coffee is brewed, pour it into a glass or plastic cup. Add 1-2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk, depending on your preferred level of sweetness.
  3. Stir: Use a spoon to stir the coffee and condensed milk mixture until the condensed milk is fully dissolved.
  4. Add ice: Fill the cup with ice, leaving a little bit of space at the top.
  5. Optional: Add half-and-half or milk for a creamier taste. 
  6. Enjoy: Mix the coffee with the ice until it is well-blended. Sip and enjoy your delicious Thai iced coffee!


  • Add a shot of espresso to make it even stronger.
  • Use almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk as a dairy-free option.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
  • Substitute honey or maple syrup for sugar.
  • Top with whipped cream for a dessert-like treat.
  • Add some cocoa powder for a mocha flavor.

Helpful Tips:

  • If you prefer your coffee to be less sweet, use only 1 tablespoon of condensed milk.
  • For a stronger coffee taste, use more ground coffee beans.
  • Use a reusable metal or glass straw to reduce waste.
  • Add a dash of vanilla extract to the condensed milk mixture for an extra sweetness.
  • To make a vegan version of this recipe, use non-dairy condensed milk and cream.
  • You can also top your Thai iced coffee with whipped cream for an extra treat.


Thai iced coffee is a perfect combination of sweet and bitter flavors. It is easy to make and can be enjoyed as a quick pick-me-up during the day. Try this recipe and add your own twist to it by experimenting with different levels of sweetness and creaminess.


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