Homemade Milk Tea

Looking for the best milk tea recipe? Well skip the boba shops and learn how to make milk tea right in your own kitchen. This delicious and refreshing homemade milk tea is very simple to make and will have you enjoying it any time of the day!

With low carb and sugar-free options, this classic milk tea recipe has the same great taste while being fully customizable to fit your specific dietary needs.

Sugar-free jasmine milk tea served in a glass cup with straw.

What is homemade milk tea?

Milk tea is bold fragrant brewed tea complimented by a creamy sweet finish using half n half and sweetener. Originating from Taiwan, it is commonly paired with tapioca pearls and a giant straw to suck them all up. Other names for milk tea include bubble tea, boba tea,

This recipe takes into consideration specific dietary needs so there is the option to make it low carb, keto friendly and sugar-free.

What ingredients do I need and what are the instructions on how to make milk tea?

  • Tea – Use your choice of tea and brew it strong for up to 5 minutes. You can use tea bags but loose leaf is preferred.
  • Water – boiling water is used to steep tea.
  • Half n Half – half milk and half heavy cream.  You can also use heavy cream, dairy whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk or coconut milk.
  • Sweetener – to keep this recipe sugar-free, we use a monkfruit erythritol blend.  It is low carb, keto friendly and has 0 calories. Feel free to use your preferred sweetener such as regular cane sugar, dark brown sugar, honey or simple syrup.
  • Ice – used to cool the tea down and can be adjusted to your liking.
  • Boba (optional) – boba pearls are fairly easy to make and some types can be made in under 5 minutes.  Purchase raw tapioca balls from an Asian supermarket and boil them in a saucepan over medium heat.  For chewy boba, make sure not to overcook. You can also make your own brown sugar boba by adding in brown sugar to the tapioca pearls and making a brown sugar syrup to coat the sides of the glass.

Steep choice of tea in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.  Add sweetener and mix well. Fill the glass with ice cubes, pour in half and half and mix well.

If you’re interested in making boba milk tea, all you need to do is add tapioca balls.

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

What kind of tea is used for a milk tea recipe?

Loose leaf is preferred as it produces a stronger tea flavor.  Some popular tea choices include:

  • Black tea
  • Jasmine tea
  • Green tea
  • Assam tea
  • Earl Grey
  • Oolong tea
  • Ceylon

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

What are the step by steps to brew tea for milk tea?

  • Add tea leaves to tea pot.
  • Pour in boiling water.
  • Steep for 3-5 minutes.

What is the nutrition information for this milk tea recipe?

  • 39 Calories
  • 1g Carbohydrates
  • 0g Fiber
  • 1g Protein
  • 3g Fat
  • 11mg Cholesterol
  • 38mg Sodium
  • 39mg Potassium
  • 32mg Calcium
  • 0mg Iron
  • 106ui Vitamin A
  • 0mg Vitamin C

Half and half being poured into jasmine tea to make milk tea at home.

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Now, let’s get making the Best Milk Tea recipe!

  • Prepping Time 1M
  • Steep Time 5M
  • Total Time 6M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~1g
  • Servings 1

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all ingredients.

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2) Put Jasmine or Black Tea Leaves in the teapot, and pour in boiling water.  Let steep for 3-5 minutes.  The longer you steep the stronger and bolder the tea will be.

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3) Add sweetener and mix well.

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4) Fill glass with ice cubes.

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5) Pour in half and half and mix well.

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Hope you enjoy your homemade Milk Tea!

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Homemade Milk Tea

Looking for the best milk tea recipe? Well skip the boba shops and learn how to make milk tea right in your own kitchen. This delicious and refreshing homemade milk tea is very simple to make and will have you enjoying it any time of the day!
4.63 from 16 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: best milk tea recipe, homemade milk tea, how to make milk tea, milk tea recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
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Calories: 39kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Jasmine or Black Loose Leaf Tea
  • 10 oz Water boiling
  • 2 tbsp Half n Half
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 Cup Ice

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
    Keto Low Carb Milk Tea Recipe (1)
  • Put Jasmine or Black 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.
    Keto Low Carb Milk Tea Recipe (20)
  • Add sweetener and mix well.
    Keto Low Carb Milk Tea Recipe (6)
  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
    Keto Low Carb Milk Tea Recipe (7)
  • Pour in heavy cream and mix well.
    Keto Low Carb Milk Tea Recipe (8)

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Nutrition

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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4 Comments

  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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