How to Make Tea Lattes + 17 Tea Latte Recipes

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See how to make delicious tea lattes at home. Get the basic tea latte formula plus tips, tricks, and tea latte recipes from chai to chamomile.

Tea lattes

What is a Tea Latte?

  • A tea latte is a drink made with tea and steamed or frothed milk.
  • Any kind of tea can be used to make a tea latte.
  • It can be made hot or iced. 
  • Chai and matcha green tea make really tasty tea lattes since they go so well with milk.

Tea Latte Formula

This is my basic formula to make a tea latte:

2 teaspoons of tea + 3/4 cup water + 1/3 cup milk + sweetener (optional)

Frothing Milk at Home

To recreate that perfect, cafe-quality steamed milk at home, use an electric milk frother.

It heats milk and froths all at once. 

If you want to use the French press to froth milk, heat milk on low on the stovetop. Once little bubbles start forming along the sides, take off heat and pour milk into a French press.

Pump the plunger up and down a few times until milk has doubled in volume.

My Electric Milk Frother Pick:

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in a tea latte?
It depends on whether the tea you’re using has caffeine. Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea all have caffeine but herbal teas, like chamomile, don’t.

Can I make a tea latte with items from the pantry?
Yes! Instead of frothing hot milk, you can make a chilled cream froth using sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Combine 1/4 cup evaporated milk and 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk and freeze for 15 minutes. Use a handheld milk frother to whip until it doubles in volume. This makes cream froth for one tea latte.

I don’t have any loose tea, can I use tea sachets or tea bags?
I use loose tea since it’s the highest quality tea but you can swap it out with tea sachets or tea bags. For every 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of loose tea, use 1 tea sachet or 1-2 tea bags.

What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags?
The best quality tea is loose tea, followed by tea sachets. Tea bags contain the lowest quality tea. The highest quality tea is one that is made up of whole tea leaves. Tea sachets contain whole and broken tea leaves. Tea bags only contain tiny pieces of tea leaves. (See the difference between each.)

Can I use a handheld milk frother?
You can you a handheld milk frother, but they won’t create rich, velvety froth like an electric milk frother or a French press will. 

RELATED: 5 Easy Ways to Froth Milk at Home

Tea Latte Tips

  • You can use any milk from regular full-fat milk to almond milk, although some milk froths better than others.
  • The stronger the brew of the tea, the more tea flavor will come through once the milk is added.
  • The only tea I’ve found that doesn’t work well as a tea latte are white teas since they’re a little too subtle in flavor.

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What You’ll Need

rooibos tea latte in mug with ground cinnamon garnish

How to Make It

STEP 1: Boil water.

Bring water to a boil on the stovetop, or if you’re using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 208°F.

The quality of the water makes a difference — use filtered water if possible.

STEP 2: Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.

Use a teapot with an infuser so that it’s easy to strain out the tea.

STEP 3: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Strain tea leaves. Set aside.

STEP 5: Froth milk.

I’m using a electric milk frother which heats and froths milk at the same time. (I also love that it’s super easy to clean.)

STEP 6: In a teacup, pour in tea then top with frothed milk.

Optional: Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Delicious Tea Latte Recipes 

How to make rooibos tea

How to Make a Tea Latte

Yield: Makes 1 serving

How to make a tea latte.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons tea
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar or honey

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
    Bring water to a boil on the stovetop or if you're using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 208°F.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.
    Use a teapot with an infuser so that it's easy to strain out the tea.
  3. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain tea leaves. Set aside.
  5. Froth milk.
    An electric milk frother heats and froths milk at the same time.
  6. In a teacup, pour in tea then top with frothed milk.
  7. OPTIONAL: Garnish with ground cinnamon.

    Notes

    To froth milk using a French press:

    Heat milk on low on the stovetop. Once little bubbles start forming along the sides, take off heat and pour milk into a French press. Pump the plunger up and down a few times until milk has doubled in volume.

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