Make your tea time creamy and sweet with milk tea. Super simple and delicious, my milk tea recipe is made special with half-and-half and brown sugar.
What is milk tea? In its most basic form, it’s tea with milk. That’s it.
- Easy to make.
- Usually made with black tea but any type of tea can be used.
- Made decadent with half & half and brown sugar.
- Smooth, sweet, and creamy, just as milk tea should taste.
Milk Tea Variations
- London Fog, an Earl Grey-based drink.
- Tea latte is milk tea.
- Bubble tea is milk tea with boba.
- Chai is an Indian version of milk tea.
- Hong Kong-style milk tea is made with evaporated or condensed milk.
Tips for Making the Best Milk Tea
TIP #1: Brew a strong cup of tea
Since we’re adding half & half and sugar, you want to make sure the tea is strong and brewed properly with boiling water and steeped for the right amount of time. Weak tea isn’t great for milk tea.
TIP #2: Adjust sweetness
Everyone has a different level of sweet they like in their tea. Start with a teaspoon of sugar first and add more if needed.
TIP #3: Warm your teapot
It’s a good idea to warm up your teapot with hot water before brewing any kind of tea to keep the water hot during the steeping process.
Questions You May Have
Yes! See the step-by-step iced milk tea recipe.
It’s a dairy that’s half cream and half milk.
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What You’ll Need
- Assam black tea
- Half & half
- Brown sugar
- Filtered water
- Glass teapot with strainer
I use this one all the time too.
- Electric kettle with temperature setting
How to Make Milk Tea
STEP 1: Boil water.
Boil 1.5 cups of water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting, setting the water temperature to 208°F.
Use filtered water for the best tasting tea. The better the water tastes, the better your tea will taste.
STEP 2: Warm up teapot.
Pour half a cup of boiled water into your teapot and swirl the water around to warm up the teapot. Discard the water. Now, your teapot is nice and warm to steep tea in.
STEP 3: Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.
Brew a strong cup of tea with 2 teaspoons of black tea and a cup of hot water.
I’m using loose tea but you can use 1 tea sachet or 2 tea bags instead.
STEP 4: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
What we want is a strong cup of tea with a deep, dark color.
STEP 5: Strain tea leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.
I’m using this glass teapot which has a strainer built into the lid to filter out the tea leaves.
STEP 6: Stir in brown sugar.
STEP 7: Pour in half & half.
Now is the fun part. Pour in the half & half and watch it swirl around in the black tea.
I’m using a generous amount of half & half (1/4 cup) but feel free to add as little or as much as you like.
Stir a bit and it’s ready to drink!
- London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)
- Matcha Latte
- Easy Iced Milk Tea
- Homemade Chai from Scratch
- Iced Butterfly Pea Flower Tea Latte
- Boil water.Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting, setting the water temperature to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
- Warm up teapot.Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl the water around to warm up the teapot. Discard the water.
- Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.
- Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain tea leaves and pour hot tea into a teacup.
- Stir in brown sugar.
- Pour in half & half.I'm using a generous amount of half & half (1/4 cup) but feel free to add as little or as much as you like. Stir before drinking.