How to Make Royal Milk Tea: The Crown Jewel of Tea Recipes

August 5, 2022

One of my favorite pastimes involves trying tea recipes from other cultures. And, when I gave royal milk tea a whirl, I fell in love.

Now, depending on where you live, it isn’t always easy to come by this beverage.

So, I realized that I was going to have to learn how to make royal milk tea if I wanted to enjoy it on a more regular basis.

If this is something that you have wanted to do as well, then you are in luck. Here, you can find all the tips, hints, and more to whip this drink up!

What is Royal Milk Tea?

First things first, though, you may be wondering what royal milk tea is. Or, rather, you may be trying to figure out how it is different from the regular milk tea.

Well, royal milk tea actually goes by a couple of different names including Japanese milk tea and Hokkaido milk tea.

This tea is quite unlike the milk tea you may be used to drinking.

For one thing, it is definitely more milk than tea. Depending on how you drink your tea, this beverage may be sweeter as well.

The process of making royal milk tea is very different as well. You certainly don’t steep and brew the tea in the typical manner.

Royal Milk Tea

What You Will Need for the Royal Milk Tea Recipe

The Japanese Milk Tea Recipe

Makes 2 Servings


  • 2 tsp. of black tea leaves or 1½ tsp.  Darjeeling and ½ tsp. Assam tea leaves
  • 1½ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of water
  • Sugar or honey to taste
The Japanese Milk Tea Recipe - Method


Here is your step-by-step guide on how to make Japanese milk tea.

Step 1: Boil the Water

Pour the water into a pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.

Step 2: Steep the Tea Leaves

Once the water begins to boil, add the tea leaves.

Lower the heat and allow the tea leaves to simmer. Depending on how strong you want your tea to be, you can let the leaves steep for 90 seconds to 2 minutes.

Step 3: Add the Milk

Once the leaves have steeped for an appropriate amount of time, add the milk, and mix.

Bring the mix to a simmer. When the tea is about to boil, turn off the heat.

Step 4: Pour the Tea

Place a sieve on a pot or jug. Pour the tea from the pan into this container. You can then easily pour the drink into smaller cups like this.

Step 5: Sweeten the Drink

Add as much sugar or honey as you like.

If you are adding sugar, make sure that the crystals have properly dissolved before drinking.

Japanese Milk Tea

Making Milk Tea with Royal Milk Tea Powder

You will be able to find royal milk tea powder. This is a pre-made mix that contains milk powder, sugar, black tea extract, and other ingredients.

Here, you just have to add hot water and the drink is ready to consume.

While this is a perfectly acceptable method, the drink may not be to everyone’s liking. For one thing, the taste of black tea may be more subtle.

Furthermore, there are often additives, flavorings, and preservatives included in such formulas. This can make the drink a lot less healthy.

If you do wish to purchase this mix, look for Japanese brands. These will often boast a more authentic flavor and may be tastier as well.

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So, there you have it – your very own guide to making royal milk tea. It’s pretty easy, isn’t it?

You can now enjoy your favorite treat within the comfort of your home and at a fraction of the cost. How great is that!

About the Author
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry.
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