Perfect Tea Latte

Here’s how to make a tea latte just like your favorite coffee shop…in 5 minutes! It’s got the best creamy flavor and frothy foam topping.

Tea latte

Love tea lattes? Did you know you can make them at home? Yes, you can make a cup of creamy tea with a beautiful foamy, frothy topping: and it’s just as good as your local coffee shop (or better). Want a chai latte instead? We’ve got a recipe for that too. Tea lattes are the perfect cozy warm drink for fall and winter: but they work for anytime, too! Here are all the tricks to making a tea latte at home.

What is a tea latte?

A tea latte is a drink that’s equal parts tea and steamed milk. It’s a variation on a cafe latte, which is made with espresso. Just like a cafe latte, a tea latte has a foamy topping of frothed milk. A popular type of tea latte is a chai latte: it has the spices of Indian masala chai. To make make a chai latte, go to Chai Latte or Vanilla Chai Latte.

How to make a tea latte

The best tea to use

You can use any type of strong tea for a tea latte. Typically they’re are made with black tea. There are lots of types of black tea, like English breakfast tea, Darjeeling, Assam or Earl Gray. Use your favorite! Use 1 bag of black tea, or 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea in a tea strainer. You can also make this drink with green tea or matcha.

The best milk for a tea latte

The best type of milk to a tea latte? Whole milk. Why? The milk fat is what helps to make the frothiest foam. The rich, creamy flavor is what you’d expect from the flavor of a coffeehouse tea latte. Don’t want to use whole milk? It’s our first choice here, but there are a few alternative milks.

  • Whole milk (top choice). This makes the best frothy foam and has the richest flavor.
  • 2% milk. 2% also works! Go to the frothing instructions in Chai Latte (but use black tea for the base).
  • Oat milk. Want a vegan variation? Go to the frothing instructions in Vegan Chai Latte.
How to make a tea latte

How to make a tea latte (basic steps!)

Making a tea latte is easy! The part that requires the most technique is frothing the milk. Here are few tips for how to make a tea latte at home and make the best froth:

  • Make the tea. Simply boil the water and seep the tea bag.
  • Use fresh milk! To get the best froth, use fresh milk. If the milk you use has been in the fridge for a while, it’s possible it might not froth.
  • Heat the milk to 150 degrees (scalding). It’s important to heat the milk to just scalding, but not boiling. It’s easiest to measure temperature with a food thermometer, but you can also measure with your finger: it’s ready when it’s hot to the touch and tiny bubbles are starting to form at the edges.
  • Use a French press, hand frother, or whisk. We used our French press to froth the milk and it worked great. You can also use a hand frother (it works great!), or simply vigorously whisk the milk. For the French press, pump for 20 seconds until small, even bubbles form. Go to How to Froth Milk for tips.
  • Pour the tea and milk into the cup. When you pour in the milk, the beautiful, creamy and frothy foam follows!
Tea latte

More tea lattes

This tea latte is straightforward and delicious, topped with fluffy, frothed milk just like at your favorite coffeeshop (or let’s be honest…Starbucks!). It’s a perfect fall drink or winter drink that’s warming and cozy. Once you’ve made this one, here are a few more recipes to try:

  • Chai Latte This latte uses the spices of masala chai! It’s creamy and cozy spiced with the perfect fluffy foam topping.
  • Vanilla Chai Latte Vanilla-scented! This fancy drink tastes like it’s from a coffee shop.
  • Vegan Chai Latte This latte uses oat milk to make a delicious non dairy version of a latte.
  • Dirty Chai Latte The “dirty chai” mixes espresso with tea and has the best warm-spiced flavor.
  • Iced Chai Latte This sweetly refreshing tea latte is made with black tea, cozy spices and milk.

This tea latte recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Tea latte

Perfect Tea Latte (in 5 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make a tea latte just like your favorite coffee shop…in 5 minutes! It’s got the best creamy flavor and frothy foam topping. 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) strong black tea (1 tea bag and 1/2 cup water)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) whole milk*
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Make the tea using 1 black tea bag and 1/2 cup water. Allow to steep for several minutes.
  2. Add the milk and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Heat the milk to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (measure using a thermometer): this is hot with some small bubbles forming around the outside, but not simmering. The exact temperature is helpful for getting the perfect foam (if you don’t have a thermometer you can approximate).
  3. Use a hand frother, whisk, or French press to foam the milk into small, even bubbles. (The French press is our favorite method: Add the scalding milk to the French press and pump using quick, short plunges for 20 seconds until small foamy bubbles occur. Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles. You’ll get best results with 1 cup of milk for two drinks.) Go to How to Froth Milk if it’s your first time frothing.
  4. Pour the tea into a cup. Gently pour the milk and foam into the center of tea.

Notes

*If you’re using the French press frothing method, note that you’ll get best results using 1 cup milk and making 2 drinks. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tea

Keywords: Tea latte, how to make a tea latte

More tea recipes

There are lots more tasty tea recipes! If you’re a tea fan, you’ve got to try:

  • Ginger Tea This soothing and invigorating drink has big flavor and potential health benefits, too.
  • Sweet Tea Classic! This recipe comes out with best refreshing flavor that’s sweetened just enough.
  • Iced Tea Recipe or Cold Brew Tea Here’s how to make iced tea: two ways! They’re both quick and easy with delicious smooth flavor.
  • Herbal Tea Recipes Make tea in 5 minutes with fresh herbs and boiling water! Try with all your favorite fresh herbs: rosemarythymeoreganolavender, and more.
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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