how to make green milk tea at home

If you're a tea lover, then you know the importance of drinking green tea on a daily basis. However, if you don't have time to make your own green tea at home, or simply want to avoid the hassle of boiling water

Floral and fragrant Jasmine flowers permeate this light green tea, sweetened with honey. A little milk adds creaminess to a refreshing and uplifting drink.

Glass of jasmine milk tea with boba pearls and straw.

What is Jasmine tea?

Jasmine tea is (usually) a green tea that includes dried jasmine flowers layered with the tea leaves.

I talk a little more about how jasmine tea is made in my Jasmine Ice Cream post.

What does it taste like?

It has a pleasant fragrant and floral taste.

Where to find Jasmine tea?

You can find Jasmine tea in Asian grocery stores or specialty tea stores.

Ingredients you’ll need

This tea is really simple to make. The hardest part is letting the tea cool overnight.

You’ll need:

  • hot water: at about 180F degrees, for optimal brewing temperature
  • loose leaf jasmine green tea: if you can’t find jasmine green tea in particular, you can use any loose leaf green tea you have
  • honey: or sweetener to your taste
  • milk: you can use any milk or dairy-free alternative that you like, although I prefer a creamier milk such as macadamia nut milk rather than oat milk
  • jasmine flowers: dried jasmine flowers are beige-coloured flowers that will further reinforce the jasmine floral flavour in the tea (optional).

How to make the tea

Add the tea leaves to a tea pot.

Boil the water and cool to 180F.

Pour the water over the tea leaves and leave to steep for 2-3 minutes.

Add honey (or sweetener) to a heat-safe jar.

Pour the tea into the jar and give it a stir to dissolve the honey.

Add 1 C of milk to the tea and stir.

Add 1 tablespoon of dried jasmine flowers to the tea, give it another stir and let cool.

Cover with a lid and place in the fridge to cool overnight.

When ready to serve, strain out the jasmine flowers and give it a stir.

Add cooked tapioca boba pearls to a tall glass (optional).

Add crushed ice, pour in jasmine milk tea and serve.


How to store the tea?

Keep the jasmine milk tea in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Do I need to add milk to the tea?

No, you can omit the milk if you prefer a “cleaner” jasmine tea taste.

Why is the honey/sweetener added while the tea is hot?

This is so that the honey dissolves evenly in the hot tea.

Can I omit the tapioca pearls?

Sure. You can replace the tapioca pearls with grass jelly, coconut jelly, or omit them entirely.

Other drink recipes you may like

Iced Lavender Blueberry Jasmine Tea

No-Churn Jasmine Tea Ice Cream

HK Milk Tea Bubble Tea

Real Taro Milk Bubble Tea

Mango Jasmine and Butterfly Pea Pearl Bubble Tea

Floral, refreshing and delicious, this Jasmine Milk Tea will be your summer-time go to drink!

Let me know if you try it out – tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or leave me a comment/rating below.

Glass of jasmine milk boba tea with straw.

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