A refreshing iced milk tea recipe made with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and half & half. It’s sweet, creamy, and hits the spot on hot summer days.
What’s Iced Milk Tea?
- When you add milk to any type of tea, it’s a milk tea. Add ice and you’ve got iced milk tea.
- This recipe is a Hong Kong-style milk tea in that it’s made with sweetened condensed milk.
- It’s full-bodied from the robust black tea.
- Quick and easy — made in just 8 minutes!
What else is a milk tea? Bubble Tea, Iced Matcha Latte, London Fog, and Chai Lattes are all milk teas.
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- Black teaAny black loose tea or black tea sachet will work.
- Filtered waterBetter tasting water makes better tasting tea, so use filtered water instead of tap.
- Half & halfI’m using this instead of evaporated milk, which is what’s usually in a Hong Kong milk tea.
- Sweetened condensed milkAside from the half & half, this is what makes it a Hong Kong milk tea.
- IceIf you want to see the swirls from the half & half, make sure to use smaller ice cubes.
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How to Make Iced Milk Tea
1. Make sweetened half & half
Stir together sweetened condensed milk and half & half.
2. Make iced tea
I use my electric kettle with temperature setting and set it to 190°F. If you don’t have an electric kettle, bring water to a simmer then turn off heat.
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I don’t like using boiling hot water (212°F) for making iced tea since I need to cool it down quickly and I find boiled water just too hot to work with.
Steep tea and discard tea sachets.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: When adding milk and sweetener to tea, make a nice strong brew so that the tea flavor comes through.
In a cocktail shaker combine ice and tea.
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Tightly close cocktail shaker and shake 10 times. Ice quickly cools down the tea and it’s ready to drink.
3. Assemble drink
Pour ice-chilled tea into 2 cups of ice. Leave a little room at the top for the sweetened half & half.
Pour in sweetened half & half. Make sure to stir before drinking.
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Notes & Tips
- To give it an extra twist, try dulce de leche instead of sweetened condensed milk.
- If you want to recreate the swirls, you must use half & half. Milk won’t work as well.
- You can use any black tea for this recipe from Earl Grey to English breakfast tea.
Questions You May Have
Variations on Milk Tea
- Bubble teaMilk tea with tapioca balls.
- Hong Kong-style milk teaBlack tea with evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.
- ChaiSpiced milk tea that originated in India.
- Thai iced teaA sweetened black tea with spices and milk from Thailand.
- Matcha latteMilk and matcha green tea.
- Iced matcha latteMatcha and milk, iced.
- London Fog (Earl Grey Tea Latte)Earl Grey tea with milk.