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.
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)
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What You’ll Need
- Loose Tea or tea sachets
You can use any you like.
Any kind you like.
Any kind: sugar, brown sugar, honey, or date syrup.
- Filtered water
- Milk frother
How to Make Tea Lattes at Home
- Make tea
- Froth milk
- Assemble drink
1. MAKE TEA
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.
Put tea and hot water into a teapot and steep. Strain tea leaves. Stir in sugar.
2. FROTH MILK
To recreate that perfect, cafe-quality steamed milk at home, use an electric milk frother. It heats milk and froths all at once, beautifully.
You can also froth milk using a French press. Heat milk on low on the stovetop and once little bubbles start forming along the sides, take off heat and pour milk into a French press. Pump the French press plunger up and down a few times until milk has doubled in volume.
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3. ASSEMBLE DRINK
Into a teacup, pour in the tea then top with the frothed milk.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: A bold, strong tea like English breakfast and matcha are delicious as tea lattes since the tea flavor will come through even after adding milk and sugar.
17 Tea Latte Recipes
Iced Chai Latte
Chai Latte from Scratch
Easy Iced Matcha Latte
Easy Chamomile Tea Latte
Easy London Fog Drink (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
Earl Grey Iced Tea with Cream Froth
Easy Iced Brown Sugar Tea Latte
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
Iced Matcha Rose Latte
Matcha Bubble Tea (Matcha Milk Tea with Boba)
Hojicha Tea with Vanilla Cream Froth
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
Chocolate Mint Tea Latte
Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino
Thai Tea Frappuccino
How to Make Tea Lattes + 17 Tea Latte Recipes
- ¾ cup water
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 teaspoons tea (any kind)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar or honey
- ground cinnamon (optional garnish)
- 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. Use filtered water for a better tasting tea.
- Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.Use a teapot with an infuser so that it's easy to strain out the tea.
- Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain tea leaves. Stir in sugar.
- Make frothed milk using an electric milk frother. An electric milk frother heats and froths milk at the same time.To froth milk using a French press, heat milk on the stovetop until little bubbles start to form on the sides on the saucepan. Turn off heat and pour milk into a French press and move the plunger up and down until milk doubles in volume.
- In a teacup, pour in tea then top with frothed milk. Optional: Garnish with ground cinnamon.
14 thoughts on “How to Make Tea Lattes + 17 Tea Latte Recipes”
These lattes are oh so DELICIOUS!!
Recently, one of the most popular specialty tea companies started selling an Earl Grey Chai. The ingredients: cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bergamot extract and Assam tea.
Does an Earl Grey Chai sound appealing to you? Do you have a recipe for a homemade Earl Grey Chai Latte? Here’s hoping!
As always, thanks for the amazing recipes. If the flavors are “Approved by Jee” I know they’re good!
Hi Jess, Earl Grey Chai Latte sounds great! I would just make a strong tea then add in frothed milk with maybe something to sweeten it, like brown sugar?
Thanks SO much, Jee!!
One more thing:
I keep H&S Earl Grey Supreme on hand at all times. It’s time for a new bag – would you recommend “Supreme” – w/ it’s combination of teas – or another H & S Earl Grey? Feel free to email. H & Sons is my go-to to for black tea. Can’t thank you enough for liking the idea! Will get back w/ the results!
Hi Jess, I like the Supreme and it’s my go-to Earl Grey. The regular Earl Grey is good too though!
Thank you for the response! Just one more question: What earl grey do you recommend? There are numerous varieties… Whether Earl Grey w/ Ceylon, an Earl Grey w/ Oolong/Silver Needle/Assam, or Aged Assam Earl Grey… So many brands, so many types! I buy my tea loose leaf/1 lb. Help?!?
As always, thanks for your expert guidance!
I saved a pin to this post a while ago and just now noticed your whole blog is on tea, yay! I LOVE tea. Coffee stopped doing it for me a few years ago (except iced in the summer) and I switched to tea.
I’m excited about your ebook I just purchased!
Yay! Thanks, Nicole!
What’s different between Tea Latte and milk tea???
Hi Jennifer, it’s the same thing!
I am so excited to try this out! I think I am going to wait for a colder day, so I can make one of the hot drinks and not sweat to death (Because sweating to death isn’t exactly at the top of my bucket list). I might try to make an iced one, but I don’t have access to ice cubes (Its a long story), unless we buy them, but they take up a lot of freezer space. Anyway, thank you for the “Formula”!
Madeleine, hope you enjoy your tea lattes!
This is such a helpful tutorial! Also love that I can use my french press to froth milk instead of needing to buy a frother. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Brittany, glad you found it helpful!