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)

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What You’ll Need

How to Make Tea Lattes at Home

  1. Make tea
  2. Froth milk
  3. Assemble drink


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.


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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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

Sweet and spicy, this iced chai latte is one you’ll make over and over again.

Chai Latte from Scratch

A delicious chai latte made from scratch using a blend of tea and spices.

Matcha Latte

Make green tea lattes at home with this easy and delicious recipe.

Easy Iced Matcha Latte

This layered iced matcha latte is surprisingly easy to make less than 5 minutes!

Easy Chamomile Tea Latte

Take your herbal tea game to the next level with this easy chamomile tea latte recipe.

Rooibos Latte

Vanilla rooibos tea latte
Rooibos latte is a cozy hot drink perfect for evenings since there's no caffeine.

Easy London Fog Drink (Earl Grey Tea Latte)

Make London Fog at home with this easy and tasty recipe. 

Earl Grey Iced Tea with Cream Froth

Iced Earl Grey tea with a decadent creamy foam that's super easy to make.

Easy Iced Brown Sugar Tea Latte

A layered iced tea latte with black tea, milk, and brown sugar.

Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte

Gorgeous iced blue tea latte made with butterfly pea flowers.

Iced Matcha Rose Latte

Infused with rose water and colored with hibiscus tea, this Iced Matcha Rose Latte is easy to make and almost too pretty to drink.

Matcha Bubble Tea (Matcha Milk Tea with Boba)

Get my secrets to making the best matcha bubble tea at home.

Hojicha Tea with Vanilla Cream Froth

Luscious creamy topping adds a decadent touch to hojicha tea.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

A fall favorite, this warm drink is made from scratch.

Chocolate Mint Tea Latte

A sweet beverage made with cacao nibs and peppermint and black tea.

Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino

Easy-to-make matcha green tea frappuccino recipe.

Thai Tea Frappuccino

Brain freezing, ice cold Thai tea frappuccino drink recipe.

How to Make Tea Lattes + 17 Tea Latte Recipes

Author: Jee Choe
How to make a delicious tea latte.
4.9 from 30 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • ¾ cup water
  • 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.


Calories: 80 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Calcium: 92mg
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14 thoughts on “How to Make Tea Lattes + 17 Tea Latte Recipes”

  1. 5 stars
    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?

      • 5 stars
        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!

      • 5 stars
        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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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”!

  4. 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!


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