See how to make delicious tea lattes at home. Get the basic tea latte formula plus tips, tricks, and tea latte recipes from chai to chamomile.
What is a Tea Latte?
- A tea latte is a drink made with tea and steamed or frothed milk.
- Any kind of tea can be used to make a tea latte.
- It can be made hot or iced.
- Chai and matcha green tea make really tasty tea lattes since they go so well with milk.
Tea Latte Formula
This is my basic formula to make a tea latte:
2 teaspoons of tea + 3/4 cup water + 1/3 cup milk + sweetener (optional)
What You’ll Need
- Loose Tea or tea sachetsYou can use any you like.
- MilkAny kind you like.
- SweetenerAny kind: sugar, brown sugar, honey, or date syrup.
- Filtered water
- Milk frother
How to Make Tea Lattes at Home
- Make tea
- Froth milk
- Assemble drink
1. MAKE TEA
Bring water to a boil on the stovetop, or if you’re using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 208°F. The quality of the water makes a difference — use filtered water if possible.
Put tea and hot water into a teapot and steep. Strain tea leaves. Stir in sugar.
2. FROTH MILK
To recreate that perfect, cafe-quality steamed milk at home, use an electric milk frother. It heats milk and froths all at once, beautifully.
You can also froth milk using a French press. Heat milk on low on the stovetop and once little bubbles start forming along the sides, take off heat and pour milk into a French press. Pump the French press plunger up and down a few times until milk has doubled in volume.
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3. ASSEMBLE DRINK
Into a teacup, pour in the tea then top with the frothed milk.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: A bold, strong tea like English breakfast and matcha are delicious as tea lattes since the tea flavor will come through even after adding milk and sugar.