How to Make Tea Lattes

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

How to make rooibos tea

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What is a Tea Latte?

A tea latte is a drink made from tea and milk. Yup, that’s it, all you need are those two essential ingredients.

It can be made hot (with warm, frothed milk) or iced (with cold milk) and with any kind of tea. Chai and matcha green tea make really tasty tea lattes since they go so well with milk.

Tea lattes are easy to make at home since they require so few ingredients and tools. 

Customizing a Tea Latte

I like to add a couple of extra ingredients to elevate my tea latte which takes it beyond just tea and milk.

Adding a little vanilla extract, brown sugar or honey, or cinnamon to a tea latte makes it taste so much better. It’s all in the details.

What Tea is Best for Tea Lattes? 

Since a tea latte is about combining tea and milk, a strong flavored tea that can hold up to the milk is the best tea to use.

To make a strong flavored tea, I like to brew for longer and use more tea than I would for regular tea with hot water.

This means I can use just about any kind of tea from chamomile herbal tea to an Earl Grey

The only tea I’ve found that doesn’t work as well are white teas since they’re a little too subtle in flavor.

What Milk is Best for Tea Lattes?

You can use any milk you like from regular full fat milk to almond milk. It all works!

In some recipes, when I want a more decadent touch, I’ll replace milk with half and half or cream that I’ve lightly whipped. (And yes, it’s as heavenly as it sounds.)

Rooibos latte

Tea Latte Ingredients

  • Tea
    Earl Grey, English Breakfast,
    and Chai all work well.
  • Milk 
    Can be any milk of your choice. I usually use soy milk.
  • Sweetener
    I like adding a little something sweet like brown sugar or honey to counteract any bitterness from the tea.

Vanilla rooibos tea latte

How to Make a Tea Latte

How to Make a Tea Latte

Yield: Makes 1 serving

Easy way to turn any tea into a tea latte.


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


  1. Steep two teaspoons of tea in hot water for about 5 minutes Discard tea leaves and stir in sugar or honey until dissolved.
  2. While tea is steeping, heat milk until warm in a small saucepan, making sure it doesn't come to a boil. 
  3. Froth milk using a French press or a handheld milk frother.
  4. Pour tea into a mug and top with frothed milk.

10 Tea Lattes to Make from Chamomile Herbal Tea to London Fog

homemade chai

[1] Chai Latte from Scratch

Perfect for cozying up on a cold winter’s day with a good book. My chai recipe is made from scratch using a blend of spices and black tea. It’s FREAKING AMAZING. 

iced chai tea latte

[2] Iced Chai Latte

Made using the same chai concentrate as the hot chai latte, this iced chai is sweet, and creamy with just a little kick of spice.

How to Make a Matcha Latte

[3] Matcha Latte

My matcha latte is way better than the too-sweet Starbucks version. I make this all the time and love it.

Iced matcha latte

[4] Iced Matcha Latte

I’ve perfected the layered iced drinks! Iced matcha drinks are MUCH easier to make than the hot version since it doesn’t require all those dang matcha tools.

This drink comes together in less than five minutes.

Chamomile Milk Tea Latte

[5] Chamomile Latte

Chamomile is an herbal tea so there isn’t any caffeine which makes it the perfect nighttime beverage. I made it special with some cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cloves. 

Rooibos tea latte

[6] Rooibos Latte

Is this the best rooibos latte? AHEM, YES. 

Rooibos is also an herbal tea so no caffeine in this drink either. I kicked it up a notch with vanilla extract, honey, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

London fog drink

[7] London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)

What’s in a London Fog? It’s Earl Grey tea, steamed milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. I added a touch of lavender, similar to the Starbucks version.

Earl Grey iced tea

[8] Earl Grey Iced Tea with Cream Froth

The layers of Earl Grey tea and the milky froth are separated at first, but give it a second and you’ll see the lightly whipped cream make its way down. 

Rose latte

[9] Iced Rose Latte

I took a shortcut with this tea latte with a rose hibiscus concentrate which made it really easy to whip it up in seconds. 

Butterfly pea tea latte

[10] Iced Butterfly Pea Tea Latte

This is a simple tea latte made with steeping a butterfly pea flower tea bag until it turns into a dark blue, stirring in honey, then cooling it down before adding ice and half and half.

I’m sorry to say this latte looks gorgeous but taste-wise, it’s not great. I much prefer to drink butterfly pea flower tea with lemonade.

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