How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea

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July 29, 2017 1 Comments

Every country has their own signature milk tea.

One of Japan’s most well known drinks is called Royal Milk Tea which is sold abundantly as bottled, canned, and freshly brewed drinks in Japan. It was originally invented by Lipton many years ago and it just caught on like wildfire. It was never a royalties-only drink, but judging from the rich taste, it may as well have been!

Typically I don’t recommend using fresh milk as the creamer in milk teas just because its fat content is a lot lower than powdered creamer, whipping cream, or condensed milk. As a result the drink often becomes diluted (ahem! Boba Guys! cough!). But this is a rare exception. This recipe calls for fresh milk, and it works because the method of brewing reduces the total liquid content and brings out a stronger tea flavor. A popular alternative to fresh milk is evaporated milk, which is milk with 60% liquid removed. This type of milk gives a slightly more intense flavor.

Similar to chai tea, royal milk tea is made on the stove top. You have a choice of either using an assam tea, which will give a darker, bolder flavor, or darjeeling tea, which will give a brighter, floral flavor. I made mine with a delicious First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea by The Tao of TeaIf you decide to make yours with assam, I recommend Taylors of Harrogate Pure Assam Tea.

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How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea

How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea


How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea
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How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea

How to Make Japanese Royal Milk Tea



  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil then reduce to low-medium heat.
  2. Add tea to the pan and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add milk and honey.
  4. Stir well, filter in a tea cup, and enjoy!

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Ly is a software engineer by day. By night she dreams of traveling the world, eating good food, and drinking boba.