Since the advent of coffee shops like Starbucks, there has been a big demand for coffee. This demand comes from the coffee lovers globally. Lately, many people have rediscovered tea.
Now, the demand of this traditional drink has soared. Each drink has spawned several varieties and each one as refreshing and enjoyable.
There is a Thai beverage that is loved by many people, not just in the country but outside as well. This country is well-known for its exotic drinks. It has come up with a hybrid concoction that is a combination of coffee and tea.
It is a drink that fuses the dark bitter taste of coffee and the fruity flavor of tea. Every sip of this coffee-flavored tea gives one a totally different experience.
Black Tie Coffee has its roots in Thailand, a country also popular for its varieties of tea flavors. They've combined the bitter flavors of coffee and the orange-like aroma of tea. And the result makes for a totally fantastic drink.
In making the Black Tie Coffee, you layer the ingredients so that each sip offers a new ratio of flavors. At times the taste is sweet, then sometimes dark and toasty. You can up the real coffee flavor by using a best manual coffee grinder.
The Main Ingredients
Coffee is one of the main ingredients of Black Tie Coffee. Take one or two shots of espresso or an extremely strong coffee for every serving.
The more intense the flavor, the better. Start with coffee made in a Moka pot, a French press, or the best manual coffee grinder you can find. Remember that the coffee needs to be strong.
The best coffee beans for a perfect beverage are the Vietnamese or Thai coffee beans. This is because of their bitterness. It's also because they play well with the sweetness of condensed milk and sugar.
Black Tie Coffee is a delight for the senses. Its bold ingredients exude a fragrant aroma and the tastes are multi-level. And in a glass, the mixture of colors is stunning, like a sunset. Such would be the perfect setting when sipping this flavorful and unusual drink.
The second main ingredient is the tea, specifically Thai tea. This isn't the black tea variety, it is much more than that. When packaged, Thai tea already comes with special flavors, colors, and spices.
The taste and aroma remind one of an orange creamsicle. And more than that, there are hints of several spices like anise, cardamom, and vanilla. By itself, it surely will make for a delightful drink.
To use this tea, go to any Asian market. There, you will find Thai tea easily available. It's not even that expensive. In the absence of an Asian store, you can make your purchase online. However, before using this tea, you need to be aware of some things.
Here are some things you should know about using Thai tea:
- The traditional Thai tea has food coloring.
- This orange coloring can stain surfaces. This means that you have to be careful not to spill especially when using white-colored utensils.
- Despite these hassles, the purchase is really worth it.
If you know the ingredients of Thai tea, you can certainly try making your own Thai tea at home. But why should you go through all the trouble?
Furthermore, it doesn't cost that much. More often than not, your mixture will not taste the same. The original flavor of Thai tea that is so widely used in Thailand has a distinct taste that's hard to replicate.
It's like making Pepsi or Coke at home. Don't expect to end up with the original taste. But if you still prefer to make your own mixture, sans the food coloring, some resources online are available. But again, there will be no guarantees that you would end up with the original taste of Thai tea mixture.
Black Tie Coffee Recipe
Making this exotic beverage from Thailand is easy. All you need is some choice ingredients and common tools. This recipe is good for three servings.
- You need a pan to boil tea
- Also, prepare your preferred tool in making coffee, a mesh strainer, and three tall glasses.
- 3 cups of hot water
- 6 tsp sugar
- 3 tbsp Thai Tea Mix
- 3 shots of espresso or any kind of strong coffee
- 6 tbsp of cream (you can also use half & half)
- 3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- some ice
Steps To Follow:
Prepare The Coffee And Tea
First, make the tea for the beverage. To do this, allow the water to boil. As soon as it's boiling, turn off the heat.
Add the Thai tea mix and sugar. Cover the mixture and let steep for a few minutes, occasionally stirring
Using your preferred method of making coffee, prepare one shot of espresso. You can also use any strong coffee.
Through a mesh strainer or a paper towel, filter the tea. Do this so you'll end up with a liquid that's free of particles.
Bring The Drink Together
- Fill three tall glasses with ice about three-quarters of the way.
- Add a tablespoon of condensed milk in each glass.
- Pour in one shot of coffee in each glass then pour in the tea.
- Top each glass with two tablespoons of cream.
- Stir well then serve right away!
Variations Of Black Tie Coffee
There are so many ways to make this beverage interesting. That's why Black Tie coffee invites a lot of experimentation and innovation. Thai tea is the base ingredient of this drink and by itself can already stand as a refreshing drink. Prepare your tea early and keep it in the fridge.
When you do this, you can cool yourself anytime with a glass of Black Tie Coffee. Just pour the prepared tea into a glass of ice before adding your espresso. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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I am a 27 yr. old self-proclaimed food enthusiast with a penchant for cooking (and eating) virtually all forms and shapes of food. My inner foodie led to the creation of Mamatestataqueria.com . This blog chronicles my food adventures, original recipes, and reviews of awesome cookwares and similar products. I aim to provide answers to food-related questions and inspire readers to channel their inner chefs.