For many people drinking tea with milk (Lattes)  has been a great question, tea with milk is a mostly Western practice, in the East the tea is taken without it, and is the mixture of milk that is such a complex product, with the delicacy of the tea, for many people it is strange, for others it is a delight, which delivers more flavor, texture, softens their mornings and gives them a more restful sleep at night.

Making tea with milk  (Latte) is really easy, fast, and delicious, it is a unique combination, of the soft and semi-bitter taste of the tea, with the creamy richness of milk.

There are many hot and icy versions to take, with recipes that add more flavor and dimension to tea alone.

Latte tea is a combination of the semi-bitter taste of strong tea with the creamy intensity of milk.

Milk gives weight, texture, and creaminess to this subtle and delicate drink, creating an equally refreshing combination.

You can prepare the tea with cold or hot milk, but as winter approaches we will see how a good tea with hot milk is prepared for cold days.

Related Article: How to make iced matcha green tea latte.

The History of Tea Lattes.

Let us place ourselves in the nineteenth century when the British Empire decided to enhance the cultivation of tea in India, which at the time was not a great producer.

The Hindus were not great tea drinkers either, so the English decided to increase domestic demand for tea by taking a number of actions to introduce their consumption into Indian society.

At first, society, accustomed to drinking coffee, was not attracted to such an infusion, which the Hindus considered to be insulting.

In fact, legend has it that Gandhi referred to the habit of drinking tea as a colonial practice.

However, after World War II, tea began to be adopted as a drink after meals.

To enhance the taste of the tea and adapt it to the Hindu palate, those who drank it began to incorporate milk and large doses of sugar.

While there is no documented data on when and why spices were added to it, Chai tea is thought to have been born as a fusion of English tea and traditional Indian medicine that uses spices to treat different discomforts.

Some tea experts argue that the incorporation of milk and sugar was due to a working-class need to turn their teas (made with cheaper tea, i.e. Broken powder and leaves) into a more nutritious drink that masked hunger.

Is it Bad To Mix Tea With Milk?

Tea is a drink that brings endless benefits to our body, especially antioxidants (polyphenols and catechins) these same are what make tea one of the healthiest drinks in the world.

Many health experts have warned that drinking milk with tea is not as beneficial as expected and is that casein that is in milk, inhibits the effects of tea catechins, when mixed.

However, it does not produce any negative effects on our health, so if you are a fan of milk tea you can continue to enjoy it, the truth is that if you want to enjoy all the properties and benefits of the tea, it is better to drink it with a little milk.

In any case, for those who want to continue enjoying tea with milk without losing the riches of tea, you can substitute milk, almond, soy, or coconut milk, they are just as delicious, with the same texture and creaminess.

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6 Unique Tea Lattes.

Chai Tea.

This is a classic spiced tea, typical of India.

It usually has anise, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger based on black tea.

There are many varieties with different ingredients, some as different as nutmeg, pepper, etc.

English Breakfast.

This tea is the number one consumed with milk.

It is the tea that is usually used for breakfast because it is stronger than others.

It is usually made by mixing Assam Tea.

Depending on wanting a stronger or less strong tea, more or less milk is usually added.

It’s also classic to take it with sugar.

Matcha Tea.

Matcha is a green tea powder with a high concentration of antioxidants that is used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

This ingredient is also used to make green tea ice cream.

The famous matcha tea is combined with hot milk, as if it were a cappuccino or latte, resulting in a different, creamy, and healthy infusion.

Pu Erh Tea.

Pu Erh tea, popularly known as red tea, is another tea that mixes very well with milk.

Inside we also include the Pu Erh with cinnamon and milk, which for many lovers of tea made in Yunan province in China, is a real delight.

Earl Grey Tea.

Black tea flavored with bergamot.

Here the principle is broken that citrus and milk do not always go well, well: this is the exception.

A few drops of milk on the prepared Earl Grey make it the British afternoon tea.

Bubble Tea.

Bubble Tea is the name given to the large variety of fruit teas with refreshing flavors and milk and tea served hot or cold and accompanied by peculiar chewable balls.

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5 Tea Lattes Recipes.

Chai tea latte Starbucks. (Copycat)

For two cups.

350 ml of water.
1 tablespoon full of Assam black tea.
100 ml milk.
10 cardamom pods.
3 tablespoons sugar.
4 black peppercorns.
1 cinnamon stick.
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger coffee.
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds.
Cinnamon and nutmeg powder for garnish.


Swell cinnamon, peppercorns, fennel seeds, and cardamom into a mortar and grind until small pieces are obtained.

Put half the milk in a pot along with the water.

Add the ginger and spices you worked with the mortar into the pot, as well as the sugar.

Boil and cook for 7 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and when the temperature drops to 95oC, infuses the black tea.

Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your taste.

Whisk the milk with the help of a hand blender until you get a soft white foam.

Strain the tea and serve in a high cup of clear glass

Fill the cup with milk foam.

Garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg powder.

Matcha tea latte.

Ingredients  (1 person):

200ml water.
150ml milk or vegetable milk.
1 small spoon matcha.
1 small spoon of sweetener (sugar, honey, stevia…)

Preparation time: 10 min.

Heat the water and turn it off when it is about to boil.

Dilute the green tea in the hot water and separate it into a large glass or cup.

TIP: The best way to undo green tea without clumping is to use a bamboo whisk as the Japanese do.

Heat the milk in a pot and dilute the sugar or honey (or other product chosen to sweeten) and foam with a rod or milk whisk.

Add the foamed milk to the cup with the Matcha green tea.

Related article: What You Don’t Know About Bubble Tea.

Bubble tea.


Milk and bubble bubbles.

Black tea bags.

Chewable tapioca or Boba beads.

Almond cream or milk.

Honey or stevia (avoid refined sugar).


The black tea is prepared and left to rest, you add the cream or almond milk along with the honey or stevia, finally, add the pearls and you are ready to enjoy!

Green tea with Coconut milk.


Honey or stevia (avoid refined sugar).

Coconut milk or milk.

Lemon juice.

Fresh mint leaves.

Green tea bags (you can also use matcha green tea).


Prepare the tea and let stand for 5 minutes, then add the lemon, coconut milk, and honey or stevia to taste, let cool completely, and finally add the mint leaves.

If you want it creamy, put it in the freezer in a metal fountain, and when the edges have been frozen the blender is applied.

You can repeat this 3 to 4 times to serve creamy with fresh mint leaves.

Iced Matcha latte tea.

Ingredients  (1 person):

200ml water.
150ml milk or vegetable milk.
1 small spoon matcha.
1 small spoon of sweetener (sugar, honey, stevia…)


Mix it with 20 ml of water with the help of Chasen and when it is already diluted and sparkling wine, add 175 ml of natural or cold water and 3 large ice cubes and shake it all together.

To shake it, I do is mix it as it is always done in the Chawan or a bowl, but then I pour this into a typical jug of smoothie with its lid and hole for the straw.

Then I add the rest of the water and the cubes, cover with one finger the opening of the straw, and shake well.

When I want it very cold I leave the jug for 10-15 minutes in the freezer, then shake well and drink it.

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