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Coconut Milk Tea Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups water
- 2 tea bags (black or green tea)
- 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
- 2 tbsp honey or sugar (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Special equipment needed:
- Medium saucepan
- Whisk
- Strainer
- Pitcher or teapot

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add 2 tea bags and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on desired strength.
3. Remove tea bags and whisk in 1 can of coconut milk.
4. Add 2 tbsp of honey or sugar, if desired, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
5. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a simmer.
6. Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher or teapot.
7. Serve hot or chilled over ice.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Medium heat
Serving size:
4 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 18g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Protein: 2g
Sodium: 20mg
Sugar: 6g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Use almond milk or soy milk instead of coconut milk for a different flavor.
- Use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey or sugar for a vegan option.

- Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm, spicy flavor.
- Use chai tea bags instead of black or green tea for a spiced version.
- Add a shot of espresso for a coconut milk latte.

Tips and tricks:
- Use full-fat coconut milk for a creamier texture.
- Whisk the mixture constantly to prevent the coconut milk from separating.
- Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less honey or sugar.

Storage instructions:
Refrigerate any leftover tea in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat the tea in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the tea in clear glass mugs or teacups to show off the creamy, white color.

- Sprinkle with shredded coconut or cinnamon on top.
- Add a cinnamon stick or mint sprig as a garnish.

- Serve with a slice of coconut cake or a coconut macaroon for a sweet treat.
- Pair with a savory snack like popcorn or crackers.

Suggested side dishes:
- Serve with a side of fresh fruit or a fruit salad for a light and refreshing snack.
- Pair with a sandwich or wrap for a satisfying lunch.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the coconut milk separates, whisk it vigorously to combine it again.
- If the tea is too strong, dilute it with more water or milk.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to use fresh tea bags and check the expiration date on the coconut milk.
- Refrigerate any leftover tea promptly to prevent spoilage.

Food history:
Coconut milk tea is a popular drink in many Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Vietnam.

Flavor profiles:
Coconut milk tea has a creamy, nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot or chilled over ice for a refreshing drink any time of day.

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Region: Thai

Taste: Sweet, Creamy, Coconutty, Milky, Tea, Tea-Flavored