Introduction: Milk Tea

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Milk tea is a very sweet tea that is often used in Boba. Boba is a drink consisting of tea and balls of tapioca and honey. This instructable, however, will only tell you how to make the tea. I will hopefully update it as soon as I can procure adequate tapioca balls to make the boba.

You can find some supplies such as flavor powders and tapioca balls at the Bubble Tea Supply website.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this instructable you will need the following:
-3/4 Black Tea
-5 Tablespoons of Sugar Syrup (More or less to taste)
-A Little Less than 2 Cups of Ice Cubes
-1/2 Cup of Milk (More or less to taste)
-A blender
-Various Measuring Utensils

For the sugar syrup you will need 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Do not worry, I will tell you how to make the sugar syrup.

Step 2: Make the Sugar Syrup

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Sugar syrup is what sets milk tea apart from black tea with milk. This step should be done first, as it will take a long time to complete.

-Boil 1 cup of water in a pan (yes, a pan).
-Add 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown sugar (You can experiment with ratios).
-Turn the temperature to low and allow it to cook until all the sugar crystals have dissolved, gently stirring every few minutes. It should take about 25 minutes until the sugar has fully dissolved.
-Put the sugar syrup into a cup and put it in the fridge for later.

I suggest doubling the recipe, as this will only make about 4 servings of tea.

Step 3: Make the Black Tea

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This step is pretty easy, just make some tea.

-Boil 3/4 cup of water in a kettle.
-Put two bags of black tea into the cup (you can put one if you don't want too much tea flavour).
-Steep the tea for about 2 minutes.

Step 4: Mix the Ingredients

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This is the second to last step (kinda).

-Mix the milk and ice into the blender.
-Pour in the black tea from the previous step.
-Put in 5 tablespoons of sugar syrup (experiment with this, you may think it is too sweet, or vice versa).
-Blend until it is a smooth texture, with few pieces of ice left.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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You have successfully made a delicious beverage! Unless you failed.... then you didn't successfully make a delicious beverage. You may now drink and enjoy this light brown and oh-so-delicious beverage.


Serenitea Milk Tea (author)2016-07-25

Tasty milk tea recipe! You can try out different milk tea flavors at

Newell_Jalynn (author)2014-01-29

so milk and tea

Whaleman (author)Newell_Jalynn2014-03-15

very sugar

josieisacoolcat (author)2013-04-10

Nice recipe, I just tried it with a couple of variations. Instead of the sugar syrup, I used honey. Then, I only used one tea bag, which I found out was a mistake; there wasn't enough tea flavor (it's good but, it's too subtle for what I want). I'll try two tea bags next time :)
I whipped a ton of air into the mixture, which produces a lot of foam -- I wasn't expecting that at all. I think it's 'cause I used a regular tall blender. The foam is nice though, a happy accident

HeavenBlueRose (author)2012-12-09

Hmm....would it be okay to use rice milk..?

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2012-02-17

Oo magic bullet=)

PotatoCoffee (author)2011-12-08

It's called ''Milky Brew''.

halberdear (author)2010-04-03

Mmm...This is good!

Hey, where'd it all go? 

Whaleman (author)halberdear2010-04-06
Oh no! Did the Easter bunny steal it?
halberdear (author)2010-04-03

 Black tea is just the plain, regular kind of tea, right?

Whaleman (author)halberdear2010-04-03
Yes, similar to English Breakfast Tea.
Darren. (author)2009-10-25


JohnJY (author)2009-10-16

This is a very good Instructable, and is something I plan on making. (And can...)

Whaleman (author)JohnJY2009-10-16
Thanks. Poe is one of the best poets, isn't he?
fake_faux (author)2008-06-09

I LOVE drinking taro bubble tea at Jen Cafe on Newport place, China Town , London. I make a mango version at home and the brand of tapioca pearls I use is manufactured by WuFuYuan ( Hope this is of some help.

SageMinto (author)fake_faux2009-08-04

That sounds delicious! I've tried a mango boba slush at the Lollicup in my town. I've been having difficulty finding a recipe for the regular tea. Would you mind posting the recipe for your mango boba tea?

Whaleman (author)fake_faux2008-06-09

I like taro, too! I found a place, bubble tea supply, that sells powder and tapioca. The tapioca is about $4 per pound. (author)2009-07-27

How much milk?!

'For this instructable you will need the following:
-3/4 Black Tea
-5 Tablespoons of Sugar Syrup (More or less to taste)
-A Little Less than 2 Cups of Ice Cubes
-1/2 Cup of Milk (More or less to taste)
-A blender
-Various Measuring Utensils'

ILIKEPIE333 (author)2009-07-07

looks good, I'll have to make it sometime

ILIKEPIE333 (author)2009-07-07

you have a magic bullet too?

Whaleman (author)ILIKEPIE3332009-07-07

Sorta. It's starting to wear out. We use it a lot.

ILIKEPIE333 (author)Whaleman2009-07-07

We havent used ours very much, at all... it seemed like a good idea to get it at the time...

porcupinemamma (author)2009-06-27

I found this link for supplies <a rel="nofollow" href=""></a><br/>

Whaleman (author)porcupinemamma2009-06-28

I found that site almost exactly a year ago, though it'd probably be a good idea to put a link in there somewhere.

Pandatracks (author)2009-01-19

Mmmm this recipe is delicious, I just made some! Thanks!

Kaiven (author)2008-08-21

hmm... nice and the syrup might be useful in other drinks too. is there a way to flavor the syrup?

Whaleman (author)Kaiven2008-08-21

Maybe by boiling something else with the sugar and more sugar, but it has a pretty strong flavor, being a 1 to 1 ratio of sugar to water.

Kaiven (author)Whaleman2008-08-22

boiling something... like boil 1/3 grapes, 1/3 sugar, 1/3 water? the grapes might make it watery, and i was thinking that it would be SOOOOOO easy if i just put flavor in corn syrup. after all, corn syrup is mostly sugar water (i think) one sec, lemme go check... well, i just checked trhe label. it is very NOT helpful. it said light cornsyrup is made with light cornsyrup,highfructose cornsyrup, sugar, and real vanilla. well i guess i could use it to get the syrup consistancy...

Whaleman (author)Kaiven2008-08-22

I wouldn't do a third, and boiling stuff doesn't usually give flavor. I was thinking just adding a packet of a kind of tea or something, but I don't know how well that would work. Like I said, the flavor of sugar is pretty strong, especially in such quantities as to make the water a syrupy consistency.

Kaiven (author)Whaleman2008-11-26

Kool-Aid powder and corn syrup! Or my Mango Iced Tea powder and corn syrup!

Kaiven (author)Whaleman2008-08-23

hmmm........ well i dont know what to say. try again later (brain fried)

popomaster (author)2008-08-15

my aunt works in a place that sells bubble tea only! It taste so awesome! :D Also, I have tried this before, it tastes really good

kaerius (author)2008-07-30

is sugar syrup the same thing as maple syrup?

Whaleman (author)kaerius2008-08-05

No. It has no maple flavouring. It consists of, as the instructable says, 1/4 white sugar, 1/4 brown sugar, and 1/2 water that has been cooked in a pan for awhile.

apples!!!!! (author)2008-07-14

i like boba :)

you know me (author)2008-07-14

NICE FIND i love this drink! thanks

bobo_the_clown (author)2008-06-10

Mmmmm.... Kirkland Signature milk. I love Costco.

Whaleman (author)bobo_the_clown2008-06-10

The best kind there is!

Sergeant Crayon (author)2008-06-07

It's Bubble Tea!!! (Without the bubbles, of course) Man, I've only ever bought the stuff, but it's nectar of the gods.

Whaleman (author)Sergeant Crayon2008-06-07

Indeed it is nectar of the gods! I need to find some of the 1/4" tapioca balls for the boba; I have recipes for lots of weird stuff, but I don't have the ingredients : (

ikoda (author)2008-06-06

Magic Bullet rocks! ;P

Whaleman (author)ikoda2008-06-06

Yes, especially ones that are on sale for 1/3 the original price! +P

conankun (author)Whaleman2008-06-07

Nice! How/Where did you got it on sale for 1/3 of the original price?

Whaleman (author)conankun2008-06-07

My mum had a 20% off coupon, and it was already on sale (I don't know why they let us use the coupon...).

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