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Royal Milk Tea

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: black tea, milk tea
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 teacups (2 x 200 ml)
Author: Nami
A popular drink in Japan, Royal Milk Tea is made with Assam and Darjeeling tea leaves and milk. You can add sugar or honey to suit your taste. It's a delicious drink to serve when you have friends over for tea time. Enjoy with some homemade matcha cookies or mochi!


To make 1 cup:

  • 3/4 cup water (Regular tea cup 80% full)
  • 2 heaping tsp black tea leaves (about 8 g) (See Notes)
  • 1/2 cup milk (Regular tea cup 50% full)
  • sugar (or honey, optional)

To make 2 cups:

  • 1 cup warm water (Regular tea cup 100% full, see Notes)
  • 3 heaping tsp black tea leaves (about 12 g) (See Notes)
  • 1 cup milk (Regular tea cup 100% full)
  • sugar (or honey, optional)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Royal Milk Tea Ingredients
  2. In a milk pan or small saucepan, add warm water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    Royal Milk Tea 1
  3. When the water is boiling, add tea leaves and reduce the heat and simmer for 1 and half minute to 2 minutes.
    Royal Milk Tea 2
  4. Add milk and slowly bring just to simmer. Meanwhile keep your serving cup nice and hot with hot water (drain the water before you serve tea).
    Royal Milk Tea 3
  5. When the tea is about to boil, remove from the heat and pour the tea through a tea strainer or fine mesh strainer and into your serving cup.
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  6. Serve with sugar or honey and sweeten it to your liking.

Recipe Notes

Black tea leaves: To make dark colored tea, use Assam tea and to make light colored tea, use Darjeeling tea.


Water: Please note that the ratio for water is NOT double when you make 2 cups of royal milk tea. Water won't be evaporated as much, so 3/4 cup is the right amount.


Sugar: If you know how much sugar you like to add already, add sugar at the end before pouring into the cup so the sugar will be dissolved completely.


To make iced royal milk tea:  You can cook the tea leaves a slightly little longer so ice will not dilute the flavor as much.


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