Homemade Milk Tea

Dive into the world of Homemade Milk Tea with my delightful recipe! If you’re a fan of this beloved Asian classic, you won’t want to miss making it yourself. Crafted with real loose leaf teas, this recipe allows you to customize your sweetness level, delivering a perfectly refreshing beverage right at home!

Homemade milk tea served in a cup with ice.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Homemade Milk Tea an easy-to-make, Asian-inspired drink that combines the rich flavors of your preferred tea with the creamy goodness of milk using real loose leaf tea leaves! Whether you choose Jasmine Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, or Oolong Tea, the result is a soothing and slightly sweet beverage that’s perfect for any time of day. This recipe is for anyone who appreciates the comforting taste of real Milk Tea and wants to enjoy it in the comfort of their own home, not to mention saving money at the same time!

Just like my Iced Matcha Latte and Iced Vanilla Chai Latte, it follows the same easy method of brewing tea, adding your sweetener, and cream for a delightful treat. It’s a delightful beverage that’s both satisfying and customizable, making it suitable for anyone seeking a refreshing and customizable tea experience. Don’t miss out on the chance to create this delightful drink yourself and savor the authentic flavors of Milk Tea!



  • Tea Jasmine Tea and Green Tea works best for this recipe, but can also use black tea or Oolong Tea if preferred.
  • Water – boiling water is used to steep tea.
  • Milk – can also use your choice of milk or milk alternative. Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, soy milk, oat milk etc. Can also use half n half.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Boba (optional) – boba pearls are fairly easy to make and can be made in under 5 minutes. Purchase raw tapioca balls from an Asian supermarket and boil them in a saucepan over medium heat.

🧋 Boba Note

If opting for Boba , follow the boiling instructions on the packaging and add them to the Bottom of the Glass before pouring in milk tea.

🍵 Tea Note

For the best results, consider using loose leaf tea when preparing your homemade milk tea. Loose leaf tea, such as Black Tea, Jasmine Tea, Green Tea, or Oolong Tea, is recommended for its ability to provide a stronger and higher-quality tea flavor compared to tea bags. While using tea bags is an option, it will yield a different taste profile compared to loose leaf tea.

Loose leave oolong tea on the counter top used to make a homemade milk tea recipe.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Brew your chosen tea using your preferred brewing method.

Tea being brewed in a dispenser.

Step 2 After brewing, blend in your preferred sweetener, and pour the tea over ice.

Tea in a cup.

🥄 Sweetness Adjustment

Customize the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less sweetener to achieve your preferred taste.

Step 3 Add milk at the end and stir before drinking.

Milk tea in a cup.

Paring Recommendations

Consider complementing the drink flavors with a light dessert. Something like Japanese Custard Pudding, with its creamy and delicate texture, makes for a perfect pairing. Alternatively, you can indulge in the sweet and satisfying notes of White Chocolate Almond Clusters, which blends wonderfully with the tea’s richness. For a touch of elegance, try a Matcha Panna Cotta that blends the earthy allure of matcha with the smoothness of a classic dessert.

Bottom loose leave tea dispenser used to make brew of loose leave teas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ideal steeping time for the tea leaves?

Steeping for 3-5 minutes is recommended, but the longer you steep, the stronger the tea flavor will be. Be cautious not to oversteep, as it may result in bitterness.

Where can I find boba pearls for this recipe?

You can purchase raw tapioca balls from an Asian supermarket to make your own boba pearls. Follow the boiling instructions on the packaging for best results.

Is there a dairy-free option for this recipe?

Certainly! You have the option to substitute regular milk with a dairy-free alternative like Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or Oat Milk. However, keep in mind that this substitution may slightly alter the taste of the Milk Tea.


Milk being poured into jasmine tea to make milk tea at home.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, simply cover the glass with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. It’s best to consume it within 3 hours for optimal flavor and texture. If you’ve added boba, know that its quality will diminish over time.

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Homemade milk tea served in a cup with ice.

Homemade Milk Tea

Enjoy homemade milk tea, a healthy and refreshing beverage that's simple to make. Choose your tea base and sweetener for a delightful treat.
4.50 from 20 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: healthy milk tea, homemade milk tea, how to make milk tea
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
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Calories: 39kcal


  • 2 tsp Loose Leaf Tea Green, Black, Jasmine or Oolong
  • 10 oz Water hot
  • 2 tbsp Milk can sub with half n half
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 Cup Ice


  • Gather all ingredients.
    Ingredients for homemade milk tea.
  • Put Tea Leaves in the teapot, and pour in the boiling water. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. The longer you steep the stronger and bolder the tea will be. Note - don't over steep, otherwise the tea will become bitter.
    Tea being brewed in a dispenser.
  • Add sweetener and mix well.
    Tea in a cup.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
    Iced tea in a cup.
  • Pour in heavy cream and mix well.
    Milk tea in a cup.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 39mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Calcium: 32mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Christine G Kwak

    Thank you for sharing! I haven’t been able to make a good enough milk tea for myself at home yet to avoid buying milk tea often (I think I always try to make it too healthy and dairy-free, haha!), so I’m really excited to try this with half and half!

  2. Thank you for the recommendation of good tea leaves. Missed the rich & sweet taste of milk tea, so thank you for sharing.

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