How to Make Tea Lattes

See how to make delicious tea lattes at home. Get tips, tricks, and tea latte ideas from chai to chamomile.

How to make rooibos tea

What is a Tea Latte?

A tea latte is a drink made with tea and steamed milk. Tea lattes can be made hot or iced and with any kind of tea.

Chai and matcha green tea make really tasty tea lattes since they go so well with milk.

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Tea Latte Formula

The basic formula for a tea latte is:

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.

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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 once the milk is added.
  • The only tea I’ve found that doesn’t work as well as a tea latte are white teas since they’re a little too subtle in flavor.

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Rooibos latte

What I Use to Make Tea Lattes

Vanilla rooibos tea latte

How to Make a Tea Latte

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 STEP 7: Garnish with ground cinnamon.

How to Make a Tea Latte

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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