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!
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:
- Bubble tea
Milk tea with tapioca balls.
- Hong Kong-style milk tea
Black tea with evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.
- Masala chai
Spiced milk tea that originated in India.
- Thai iced tea
A sweetened black tea with spices and milk from Thailand.
- Matcha latte
Milk and matcha green tea.
- London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
Earl Grey tea with milk.
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.
Iced Milk Tea Tips
- To give it an extra twist, try dulce de leche instead of sweetened condensed milk.
- If you want to recreate the swirls, you must use half & half. Milk won’t work as well.
- You can use any black tea for this recipe from Earl Grey to Assam.
Iced Tea Cheat Sheet
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What You’ll Need
- Black tea
- Half & half
- Filtered water
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Ice cubes
- Glass teapot with strainer
My go-to teapot to make tea quick and without mess.
- Cocktail Shaker or water bottle
- Electric kettle with temperature setting
A must for all tea drinkers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Iced Chai Latte
- Easy Cold Brew Iced Tea
- Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Latte
- Iced Matcha Latte
- Iced Earl Grey Tea Latte
Easy Iced Milk Tea
- 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.