How To Make Milk Tea For Bubble Tea (With Calorie Chart)

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Milk tea

This article will thoroughly cover how to make milk tea for boba drinks using actual tea and milk. We will cover many ways to do it with some of the ways being vegan, keto, low fat, no sugar, or low carb friendly. There will also be simple ways later that only takes a few seconds to make milk tea. It tastes and smells really good.

Milk tea is awesome because it is the base for making any really good milk tea with boba pearls. After the milk tea is made, any flavoring, whether it is fruits or veggies, can be added to make a large variety of bubble tea drinks, including combinations of many flavors at once.

First we will cover the most basic and popular way to make milk tea. This will be for making around a 16 ounce milk tea.

Equipment needed:

  • A cup (heat resistant if you are making the tea from scratch).
  • A pot for steeping the tea.
  • A tea strainer.
  • A container, cup, or bowl to strain your tea into.


  • Milk of your choice (7 ounces) (whole milk and low fat 2% milk works the best).
    • The milk you use will determine the diet you are following. You do not need to use whole milk. You can use soy milk for vegans, almond for low carb, or skim for low fat for example.
  • Tea of your choice (7 ounces of tea) (preferably black loose tea leaves).
  • Sugar (3 to 5 tablespoons of sugar) (leave out the sugar if you are doing a low/no sugar diet).
  • Ice (for cooling down the tea. not required.)

Step by step instructions for making milk tea:

  1. Steep your tea to make atleast 7 to 8 ounces of tea.
    • Put 16 ounces of fresh water into your pot and heat it up on your stove and make your tea. Don’t use water that has already been heated previously for tea.
    • If you are using loose tea leaves, then heat it up to a boil, put 1 tablespoon of the leaves into the pot, and let it steep for 1 to 8 minutes. The longer you steep the leaves, the stronger the tea flavor will be from the leaves you chose.
    • If you are using a tea in tea bags, then follow the instructions found on the box the tea bags came in for making the tea. If you don’t have the instructions, put the tea bag into the pot of boiling water and steep it for 1 to 8 minutes. Do it longer for more tea flavor, less time for a light flavor.
  2. Strain your tea.
    • If the tea leaves aren’t in a tea bag, then strain the tea to separate the tea leaves from the tea.
  3. Put 3 to 5 tablespoons of sugar into the cup that you will drink the milk tea from.
  4. Fill your cup with ice and pour 8 ounces of the tea into the cup, or until it is half way full with tea.
    • Use as much ice as you want or no ice at all. Just make sure that the cup is heat resistant, especially if you aren’t using ice. The ice is just for cooling the hot tea down; and use more ice if you want an iced milk tea.
    • Just remember that you will have to stir and mix your sugar into the milk tea once it has been fully made.
  5. Pour your milk into the cup, or fill up the rest of the half of the cup with milk.
  6. Stir the sugar into the milk tea.

You can use these same instructions for creating larger cups of milk tea too. Here are the ingredients for different sizes:

20 Ounce Milk Tea

  • 1 cup of tea
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons of sugar

24 Ounce Milk Tea

  • 1 1/4 cup of tea
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons of sugar

32 Ounce Milk Tea

  • 1 3/4 cups of tea
  • 1 3/4 cups of milk
  • 6 to 10 tablespoons of sugar

The amount of sugar added will be left up to you, since it isn’t that hard to adjust. I recommend starting out with the lesser recommended amount and working your way up from their when adding more sugar. That way you don’t over-sweeten the milk tea.

You can make the milk tea without sugar too. Here is the calories for the milk tea without any sugar added.

Milk Tea Calorie Chart
Calories For Different Cup Sizes For Milk Tea

For every tablespoon of sugar added to milk tea, the calories go up by about 50 calories.

This milk tea is basically half tea and half milk with sugar, but the cool thing is experimenting with different flavored tea and milk with the sugar to get what you like best. You can steep your teas longer to get more richer flavors from your milk tea.

This is all that is needed for making the base of a milk tea without pearls, but you can also learn to cook tapioca pearls to perfection to put into your milk tea.

Milk And Teas To Try For Milk Tea

Here is a list of milks and teas that you should try out in your milk tea when you make it.


  • Whole milk
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2% Milk
  • Soy milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Skim milk

The almond, soy, coconut and oat milk are great vegan choices for making milk tea. The almond milk is great for a low carb keto diet. The skim milk is the best for a low fat diet. Whole milk is the healthiest milk next to the soy milk for making milk tea. Whole milk, 2% milk, and coconut milk are the most commonly used for making milk tea for boba drinks.


  • Black tea
  • Assam black tea
  • Green tea
  • Golden milk tea
  • Oolong tea
  • Thai tea
  • Butterfly pea flower tea
  • Chai tea
  • Jasmine tea

Of these the most common tea that is used for making milk tea is the black tea. It is used to make the most popular bubble tea drink, the black pearl milk tea. Whole milk is the best option for making milk tea because of its wholesome full flavor compared to other milks.

Simple Ways To Make Milk Tea Fast

  1. The easiest way to make milk tea really fast is to just use a milk tea powder mix and add it into your favorite milk, black tea, or even water to drink.
    • Use 4 to 6 tablespoons of the mix and mix it together in a 16 ounce tea base, milk base, or water base. It already has the black tea and the milk in it, and it tastes as good as or better than making it yourself to be honest.
    • The amount of powder you use can be adjusted to your liking for whatever it is mix in, and it really tastes good even without adding boba. It is probably the best milk tea with or without boba.
  2. Use tea packets and steep the tea packs inside of the milk you want to use instead of water.
    • The same way you would prepare tea with tea bags in a pot with water can be used with milk instead of water. Once the tea is done steeping, the milk tea is already ready to go. Just add sugar and ice.
  3. Use your favorite bottled tea or tea from a restaurant and mix it with your favorite milk.
    • You might find a really good tea at one of the local places you shop that they already have brewed. You can use that tea with your milk and a little bit of added sugar to make your own milk tea flavor.
  4. Use sweetened condensed milk.
    • With sweetened condensed milk added to brewed tea, you will be able to make an amazing milk tea.
    • Use around 4 to 6 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk with around 16 ounces of your favorite unsweetened brewed tea to make it. Mix it together and you will have a sweetened milk tea. No sugar needed.
    • Some individuals already use sweetened condensed milk as their preferred milk for making bubble tea.

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