Get Your Milk Tea Fix Without Leaving Home: Homemade Milk Tea

By Mikka Wee/October 22, 2012

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Yesterday’s milk tea post must have gotten you craving for this sugar-loaded refreshment. And with milk tea spots being popular barkada hang outs, here’s a way to lure your friends into saving money and enjoying your favorite beverage at home.

Come to think of it, having “tea time” in your living room has a more sophisticated feel to it than sitting down at some linoleum-tiled cafe with shaky tables, right? Open a box of premium cookies, and you’ll be reliving scenes from those British movies wherein the cast enjoys a spot of tea with their pinkies up. Speaking of movies, you can also catch some of the latest  awesome flicks with your milk tea savings. See? It’s a win-win situation.

What’s great about this milk tea recipe is that it’s flexible: you can any tea you like (Oolong, Jasmine, English Breakfast, etc). If you’re watching your weight, the sugar is also adjustable. You can also enjoy it cold. Either way, you can be sure to satisfy your fix. Just don’t overdo it and drink it three times a day—unless you want to be shaped like a boba.

Homemade Milk Tea

Total Time: 30 minutes / Yield: 3-4 servings


  • 1 liter black tea, hot
  • 1/4 cup creamer
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Boba pearls, cook as directed on package


  1. While the black tea is hot, mix in creamer until diluted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Boil sugar and water together until they melts. Mix in to the black tea.
  3. Cool milk tea mixture and serve iced or hot.


  1. You can use other teas like English Breakfast and Oolong. Adjust sugar level to your preference.

Mikka Wee

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Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero. See More.

  • Althea Beatrix Ruiz

    Yay! Milk tea without having to go out! :) Excited to make this, and I’d mix it up a little bit by adding stuff I like. :) Thanks!

    • Mikka Wee

      What did you put in it! Share your brilliant idea plz!

      • Althea Beatrix Ruiz

        I did the “safe” ones first: vanilla, and fresh milk. Cinnamon and chocolate, too. I will try to find more stuff to put in it and be more creative. :)

  • Carl Tomacruz

    Too much sugar!!

    • Mikka Wee

      We like it sweet! But of course, you can adjust it according to your tastes.

  • Vincent Maldia

    why do you need to “Boil together sugar and water until it melts.” I usually just throw sugar and creamer/milk into a cup of hot tea

    • Weena S.

      milk tea au naturel.

    • Mikka Wee

      Sugar + Water = Syrup! It’s what most milk tea stores use. 😀

  • ems

    we like experimenting! we used green tea from japan and use honey as sweetener <3 we also use coffee mate caramel flavor and it taste like hokkaido milk tea :)

    • Mikka Wee

      Wowowowowoowwww let us know how that goes, Ems!

  • Keith Quisora

    I tired making sweet potato milk tea once, it tasted terrific, but the process was a bit messy though… Hehehe

  • Karina Biaga

    I did salted caramel in twinning’s breakfast tea, it was so mellow and roasty sweet.

  • Alianna715

    I’m 11. And i once made a homemade hot milk tea by myself,and it taste good!
    ( i use some hot water,some cream and some brown sugar. ) try it!!!

  • Alianna715

    (P.S. cream = coffee whitener)

  • DiannieIsCookie

    Homemade milk teaaaa!!! It’s super duper easy 😀

  • Katie

    Is the litre of hot tea supposed to be strong tea? If so, like how strong should it be made with teabags and how long should it steep?

    Thank you very much for the recipe!

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