Royal milk tea in a blue and white tea cup.

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!
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Ingredients

To make 1 cup:

  • ¾ cup water (for a regular teacup, 80% full)
  • 2 heaping tsp black tea leaves (about 8 g; To make dark-colored tea, use Assam tea and to make light-colored tea, use Darjeeling tea)
  • ½ cup milk (for a regular teacup, 50% full)
  • sugar (or honey, optional; If you know how much sugar you like to add already, let the sugar dissolve first before pouring into the cup)

To make 2 cups:

  • 1 cup warm water (for a regular teacup, 100% full; Please note that water is NOT doubled when you make 2 cups of royal milk tea because water won't be evaporated as much)
  • 3 heaping tsp black tea leaves (about 12 g; To make dark-colored tea, use Assam tea and to make light-colored tea, use Darjeeling tea)
  • 1 cup milk (for a regular teacup, 100% full)
  • sugar (or honey, optional; If you know how much sugar you like to add already, let the sugar dissolve first before pouring into the cup)

Instructions

  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 90 seconds to 2 minutes. 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.

    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.
    Royal Milk Tea 4
  6. Serve with sugar or honey and sweeten it to your liking.

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.