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 it’s most basic form, it’s tea with milk. That’s it.
Milk tea comes in a lot of different forms:
- Milk in Earl Grey (also known as a London Fog) or English Breakfast is milk tea.
- A 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.
And finally, we have my version which is made with half & half and brown sugar. Smooth, sweet and creamy, just as milk tea should be.This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
Tips for Making the Best Milk Tea
TIP #1: Use Black Tea
I’ve tried making milk tea with oolong but it’s never as good as when it’s made with black tea. Black teas like Assam and Ceylon work best. Milk tea isn’t generally made with green or white tea. (Unless it’s matcha.)
TIP #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: Warm Your Teapot
It’s a good idea to warm up your teapots with hot water before brewing any kind of tea to keep the water hot during the steeping process.
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What I Use to Make Milk Tea
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.
Pour in a cup of hot water and 2 teaspoons of black tea to brew a strong cup.
I’m using loose tea but you can use tea bags instead. I’m using 2 teaspoons of loose tea which is the same amount as using 2 tea bags.
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.
Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar right after you pour in your tea so that it can dissolve quickly in the hot tea.
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.
Half & half is part whole milk and part light cream. It’s great for when I want something richer than milk but lighter than cream.
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.
Look at the swirls in my milk tea! Stir a bit and it’s ready to drink!
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- 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. (Filtered water is best.)
- Warm up teapot.
Pour 1/2 cup of boiled water into your teapot and swirl the water around to warm up the teapot. Discard the water.
- Into the teapot, pour in hot water and stir in tea.
Pour in the remaining cup of hot water and the tea.
- 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.
Adjust as needed.