Creamy, smooth and with a delicious touch of brown sugar, this iced milk tea will improve your mornings. Simple to make and totally addicting, you’ll never drink iced tea in any different way!
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My milk tea can transform even the worst rainy Monday into a beautiful warm (Satur)day. It’s so ridiculously easy to put together your kids can help you do it! You only need milk, brown sugar and strong black tea. A bit of heavy cream is totally optional and you can save it for when having an extra awful day.
My milk tea is made without tapioca pearls, so if you’re looking for a bobba milk tea, I have 3 great recipes for you here.
If you’re looking for a recipe without the tapioca pearls, keep reading.
What Tea Should I Use?
I always use black tea for this recipe, although you can try this with oolong and green tea. I love having my milk with green tea, hot or cold, but for this specific recipe my choice is always black tea.
If you still don’t know, black tea is quite healthy: it has a lot of antioxidants, and some studies even said it can reduce stress and give you an energy boost!
Just remember: black tea has caffeine on it, so my milk tea can make you stay awake till longer than you need to if you drink it at night.
For my iced milk tea, I always use Assam black tea, or a blend that has mostly Assam on it, as it makes a stronger taste black tea.
Brown Sugar and Milk Substitutions
Brown Sugar. I use brown sugar for this recipe. This is one of the ingredients responsible for the final taste. You can substitute it for a low-calorie sweetener, but you’ll lose on the taste.
Milk. You can make a dairy-free version of this recipe by using cashew milk, almond milk, or any vegan milk but coconut. Coconut milk competes too much with the taste of black tea.
How To Make It
This is such an easy recipe I can’t really think of many things that can go wrong: you just need a strong black tea, brown sugar, milk and heavy cream if desired. Ice to make it extra chilled.
Brew black tea. Boil the water. Pour the boiling water over the tea or tea bags, and steep for 5 minutes. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Add brown sugar. Remove the tea bags/tea leaves and stir in the brown sugar. You can use dark brown sugar or light brown sugar.
Add milk and heavy cream. If using dairy, prefer using whole milk for this recipe. It’s smoother and makes the black tea even more delicious, as it hides its bitter notes along with the brown sugar. If using plant milk, almond and cashew milk are great matches for this recipe. Skip the heavy cream if making a vegan/dairy-free version.
Whip remaining heavy cream. It’s the perfect topping for your milk tea. Stop whipping it before you get peaks: you don’t want it to sit on top of your tea, you want it to blend with your delicious black tea milk.
Tips For Making The Best Drink
- Make sure to brew a strong black tea for the best taste;
- If making a non-dairy version, omit the heavy cream and use almond milk;
- There are some low-carb options for substituting the brown sugar. Swerve has a brown sugar version of its zero calorie sweetener that is very close to the real thing.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead?
Yes, you can! Jus remember to store in a jar or any container with a lit on and inside your fridge!
If making ahead, add the whipped cream (if you’re using it) just before you drink your milk tea.
Is There Caffeine In Milk Tea?
Yes, there’s caffeine in black tea, unless you buy a decaf one.
Can I Make It Without Heavy Cream/Whipping Cream?
You can, and will still taste great. I like to add heavy cream to make it even smoother, and I find the frothed heavy cream makes a great addition for this drink.
But you can have a great milk tea with milk only: just remember to use whole milk for a smoother result.
Store your leftovers inside the fridge, in a jar/glass with a lid. Milk tea keeps for up to 3 days if stored correctly.
Although you can make it ahead, I recommend doing it as soon as you pretend to drink it.
More Tea Recipes
Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino
Black Iced Tea Recipes
Caffeine-Free Iced Tea Recipes
Brown Sugar Milk Tea
Creamy and smooth, this brown sugar milk tea will improve your mornings. Simple to make and totally addicting, you’ll never drink iced tea in any different way!
- ⅔ cup (160 ml) water
- 3 black tea bags (1 tablespoon loose black tea)
- 1 ⅓ cups (315 ml) whole milk, cold
- ¼ cup (60 ml) plus 2 tablespoon (36 ml) heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- Using a stove or electric kettle, boil the water.
- In a cup, place the black tea bags and pour the hot water over it. Let steep for 5 minutes. Don’t rush it, or you’ll end up with a weak black tea, and that’s not good for milk tea.
- Gently press all the liquid out of the tea bags and remove them from the cup. Stir the brown sugar until dissolved and wait for the mixture to cool to room temperature. If using black tea leaves, remove the leaves.
- In a small bowl, pour ¼ cup of heavy cream plus 1 teaspoon of the black tea and whip it until frothed. Whip only until frothed, or the whipped cream won’t mix with your drink properly.
- In a jar, pour the milk and the remaining 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Add the already sweetened and cooled black tea and mix until well combined.
- Fill half a glass with ice. Pour enough milk tea to fill the glass, top with frothed cream and enjoy.
If you want your milk tea extra strong, use black tea ice. Brew a cup of strong black tea and pour it on an ice tray.
If you’re in a hurry, place you black tea into the fridge (cover the cup or use a recipient with a lid) for it to cool down faster. You can use it warm, but your drink might be less strong as it will cool down more rapidly the ice.
You can substitute dairy milk for a plant-based milk, and heavy cream for an equivalent vegan version.
This is not a very sweet milk tea. If you like your milk tea extra sweet, add 1 to 2 tbsps more of brown sugar.
Amount Per Serving Calories 458Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 93mgSodium 192mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 0gSugar 23gProtein 13g
Nutrition information is an estimate only and will vary depending on the substitutions made and/or brands used.
If I want to make 2 large cups, I'm assuming I just use double the ingredients? I just want to make sure having 6 teabags won't make the tea flavor too strong. Other than that, this taste great!
Milk and Pop
I would just double the ingredients in that case.
I love milk tea without the boba and I’ve been searching for a recipe or trying to make it up as I go (didn’t turn out well). I saw your recipe and have tried it. I think I found the milk tea I’ve been looking for! It’s very good and close to what I have had in the boba shops. The only problem I have is it’s too sweet for me, I’ll just cut back on the sugar. Thank you for the yummy milk tea recipe. 🙂
Milk and Pop
Glad you found it here, Liann! Milk tea is one of my favorite beverages for breakfast in Summer
(And I have to confess that when making milk tea only for me, I cut the amount of sugar by halve!)
Is the tea part of the boba suposto be hot or cold ?
Milk and Pop
Hi Crysti, this is a cold drink, but you can drink it hot if you prefer.
To Whom It May Concern,
Silk brand does sell a Soy Based Whipping Cream. Would that work as a substitute for Heavy Cream?
Milk and Pop
Hi Kelly! I never tried it, but that would probably work great, thank you so much for the suggestion!
Trying to make this now and the recipe has a lot of issues. Step 4 doesn't say what to use a fourth cup of. I'm assuming the whipping cream.
Then the recipe never says what to do with the whipped product from step 4. Does it just go on top? Do I stir it in?
Very confused and hopefully this recipe can be updated to be more clear.
Milk and Pop
Hi Shawn! Thank you for pointing that out, I've just updated with the instruction it was missing. Yes, it's 1/4 cup of whipping cream, and the frothed cream is to top the milk tea. I have recently updated the recipe, but totally forgot to update the recipe card. It's fixed now!
Can you link to a specific black tea for purchase? Can't wait to try this!
Milk and Pop
Hi Mel, any Assam black tea will be perfect for this recipe!
Hello! In our country we have cold brew tea, so is that suitable for this recipe or should I still be using normal tea?
Milk and Pop
Hi Miyo, I never tried making this with cold brew tea. I suppose it's suitable as long as the tea is strong, or you'll lose some flavor. Cheers! =)