The Top Tips for How to Make Oolong Milk Tea

how to make oolong milk tea

Oolong tea can be a bit of a novel experience for new tea drinkers.

This is especially true if the flavor profile tends towards grassy or green.

In this case, you may feel than you need to mask the more vegetal flavors of the brew.

Thus, you may want to learn how to make oolong milk tea.

Well, there are actually several ways that you can make this popular drink.

Before you get to the recipe, though, there are a few things you need to know first…

Milk Oolong vs. Oolong Milk Tea

OK, the first that you need to clear up is the difference between milk oolong and oolong milk tea.

Milk oolong is actually a type of oolong tea.

Here, the leaves have a natural sweet and creamy taste to them.

Oolong milk tea, on the other hand, refers to the standard oolong tea.

However, once it is brewed, you add milk – and sometimes sugar – to it.

So, there are entirely two different beverages!

Woman Adding Milk To Tea

What You Should Know About Adding Milk to Oolong

Traditionally, oolong tea is drunk without milk.

This is because this tea has a complex flavor profile.

When you add milk to it, this profile is disrupted.

Nevertheless, many people will add milk to oolong tea in an attempt to discover how to make oolong tea taste better.

If you still want to let the natural flavors of the tea shine through, though, simply add less milk to your drink.

As for what kind of milk you want to add, this decision is entirely up to you.

Dairy is a popular option, but you can feel free to choose a non-dairy milk as well.

Almond can add a hint of nuttiness and is lower in calories.

Soy milk works well with all teas, particularly those with a bit more grassiness to them.

Oat milk adds a wonderful creaminess to any drink that it is added to.

Now, oolong tea does have weight loss properties.

However, if you are drinking this tea to shed some pounds, you would be far better off choosing the best oolong tea for weight loss and drinking it plain.

What Kind of Oolong Tea Should You Use?

Well, as you may be aware, oolong tea – like most other teas – is available in different grades.

So, which kind of tea should you be selecting for your oolong milk tea?

As mentioned, much of the flavor profile of oolong tea is going to be masked by the milk.

Due to this, it doesn’t really make too much sense to use a high-quality oolong tea.

A more affordable option will work just fine here.

Just make sure to brew the oolong for longer than you typically would.

The tea needs to have a stronger flavor to balance out the milk.

Milk Tea Poured To A Blue Ceramic Cup

Oolong Milk Tea Recipes

Here are the top oolong tea recipes that you can select from.

Hot Oolong Milk Tea

Serves 1

  • 2 tsp. of loose leave oolong or 1 tea bag
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • Sugar to taste

Step 1: Brew the Tea

Heat the water until just before it begins to boil.

Pour water into a pot. Add the tea leaves or the tea bag.

Let the tea steep for 2 to 3 minutes or until desired taste.

Step 2: Add Milk and Sugar

Remove the tea bag or strain the tea leaves.

Add milk and sugar.

Stir vigorously to combine.

Iced Oolong Milk Tea

Serves 2

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1.5 tbs. of loose leaf oolong or 2 tea bags
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. of water
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • Ice

Step 1: Brew the Tea

Heat the water until just before it begins to boil.

Pour the water in a pot and add the tea leaves or tea bag.

Let the tea steep for around 5 minutes.

Discard the tea bag and tea leaves.

Allow the tea to cool.

Step 2: Make the Sugar Syrup

Add the 2 tablespoons of water and sugar into a pan.

Over low heat, allow the sugar to melt, stirring frequently.

Once the mix is completely liquid, take it off the heat and let cool.

Step 3: Combine the Ingredients 

Add ice to two cups.

Pour in the tea to the halfway point for each cup.

Top up with milk.

Add sugar syrup to sweeten.

Stir until combined.

Oolong Bubble Tea

Serves 4


For the Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of water

For the Tea

  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 – 4 tbs. of loose leaf tea
  • 4 cups of milk

For the Boba

  • 1⅓ cups of tapioca pearls
  • 4 cups of water

Step 1: Make the Simple Syrup

Pour water into a pan and add the brown sugar.

On a low flame, heat until the sugar has melted.

Remove from heat and cool.

Step 2: Brew the Tea

Heat the water until it just before it comes to boil.

Pour into a pot and add the tea leaves.

Steep for five minutes.

Strain the tea leaves and let cool.

Step 3: Prepare the Boba 

Bring the water to a boil.

Add the boba.

Stir until the pearls begin to float.

Cook as instructed.

Drain and add to a bowl.

Pour the simple syrup over the boba and allow it to rest.

Step 4: Assemble the Drink

Divide the tapioca pearls – with the syrup – between the glasses.

Top up each cup with one cup of tea, followed with one cup of milk.

Stir and enjoy.

These are all the different ways that you can make oolong milk tea. From hot to cold, there are plenty of delicious options for you.

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Dheena Sadik

Dr. Dheena Sadik

Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician

Author Bio

Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. However, her love for tea began long before she understood the health benefits of tea. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Dheena had the privilege of being surrounded by the world-famous Ceylon tea. This is what got her started on her exploration of the various types of tea. She has now extensively tasted and examined teas from all over the world.

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