Easy Iced Milk Tea

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A refreshing iced milk tea made with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and half & half. It’s sweet, creamy, and hits the spot on hot summer days. 

Iced Milk Tea

I took my regular milk tea recipe and switched it up for the summer by making it iced.

There are a ton of different variations and methods to make milk tea, so for this iced milk tea recipe, I took inspiration from Hong Kong-style milk tea by using sweetened condensed milk. 

  • It’s sweet from the sweetened condensed milk.
  • It’s creamy from the half & half.
  • It’s full-bodied from the robust black tea brewed properly.
  • Quick and easy — made in just 8 minutes!

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My Black Tea Pick:

variations on Milk Tea

Milk tea is simply tea with milk. When you add milk to any type of tea, it’s a milk tea. 

There are a lot of different kinds of milk tea including:

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, milk tea is made with black tea which contains caffeine.

Why is my iced tea cloudy?
Cloudy tea can be an issue when ice chilling tea but I counter that by using a lower water temperature. When using higher temperature for tea, it releases a lot of tannins and that’s what can make the iced tea cloudy. 

How long can I keep my iced tea in the refrigerator?
No more than 4 days.

Can I use tea sachets or tea bags?
I like to use loose tea but if you want the ease of tea bags, get tea sachets instead, which usually contain 1.5 teaspoons of tea and are of better quality tea than tea bags.

What is half & half?
It’s half whole milk and half heavy cream. It’s perfect when heavy cream is too much and milk isn’t rich enough.

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Iced milk tea ingredients

What You’ll Need 

How to Make It 

There are two parts to this drink:

  • Sweetened condensed milk with half & half
  • Black tea

STEP 1: Mix sweetened condensed milk and half & half. Set aside.

Stir together sweetened condensed milk and half & half.

STEP 2: Boil water.

I use my electric kettle and set the water temperature to 180°F. If you don’t have an electric kettle, bring water to a simmer then turn off heat. 

I don’t like using boiling hot water for making iced tea since I need to cool it down quickly and I find boiled water just too hot to work with.

Use filtered water if possible.

STEP 3: Put loose tea into a pitcher and add hot water.

In a teapot, combine 1.5 cups of filtered water and 4 teaspoons of black tea. 

I’m making a nice strong brew using double the amount of tea.

STEP 4: Steep for 5 minutes.

Brewing it longer than 5 minutes will make your tea bitter.

STEP 5: Put 1/2 cup of ice in a cocktail shaker.

In a cocktail shaker or water bottle with a wide-mouth opening, pour in 1/2 cup of ice.

STEP 6: Add strained tea into the cocktail shaker.

STEP 7: Tightly close cocktail shaker lid and shake 10 times.

Ice quickly cools down the tea and it’s ready to drink.

STEP 8: Pour tea into 2 cups of ice.

Fill cups with ice and pour in the ice-chilled tea. The tea will melt the ice a bit, but not too much. It’ll be nice and cold when you drink it.

Leave a little room at the top for the sweetened half & half.

STEP 9: Pour in sweetened half & half.

The sweetened condensed milk will sink to the bottom of the drink. 

Make sure to stir before drinking.

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Easy Iced Milk Tea

Author: Jee Choe
A sweet, full-bodied iced tea made with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and half & half.
4.7 from 22 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 9 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk and half & half. Set aside.
  • Boil water.
    Bring water to a simmer (180°F if setting water in an electric kettle) and turn off heat. Filtered water is best for a better tasting cup of tea.
  • Put loose tea into a pitcher and add hot water.
  • Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Put 1/2 cup of ice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add strained tea into the cocktail shaker.
  • Tightly close cocktail shaker lid and shake 10 times.
  • Pour tea into 2 cups of ice.
    Leave a little room at the top for the sweetened half & half.
  • Pour in sweetened half & half.
    Stir before drinking.

NUTRITION

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Calcium: 53mg
Keyword hong kong style milk tea
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3 thoughts on “Easy Iced Milk Tea”

  1. Tried to make this for this first time, it looks so pretty when you pour down the mixed milk. And it is not as sweet as I thought it would be.

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