5 Recipes To Make Delicious Oolong Milk Tea
Oolong tea is a type of tea that traces its roots back to China. Today, it is commonly known as a Taiwanese tea as many of the best-tasting oolongs are cultivated in that nation. Brewing oolong tea is easy breezy and it's moderate flavor profile means it blends easily with other teas to elicit new flavors.
The flavor of oolong tea is somewhere in between green tea and black tea. This type of true tea is partially oxidized —anywhere from 8 to 80 percent oxidized — resulting in a wide range of flavor profiles. Some are airy and fruity while others are rich and nutty. The flavor options are endless, making oolong tea a great choice of experimenting in the kitchen. Here, we've put together our favorite oolong milk tea recipes from simple and basic to indulgent boba blends.
Basic Oolong Milk Tea Recipe
Basic oolong milk tea can be made using tea bags or loose leaf tea. Loose tea offers a better flavor as it contains the full tea leaves, which can expand to infuse flavor. Oolong tea bags typically contain ground-up fragments of tea leaves and don't offer as much flavor or as many quality health benefits. In this recipe, we've used Milk Oolong Tea, a tea blend that doesn't contain any milk but offers a rich, creamy body and luxurious flavor. It has a buttery flavor and creaminess that is perfect for a simple cup of tea.
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Milk Oolong Tea
- 8-10 ounces of water
- A splash of almond milk
- Bring water to 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the loose tea leaves to a tea infuser and set in your teacup. Pour the hot water on top and steep the leaves for 1 to 3 minutes. The longer the steeping time, the stronger the flavor.
- Remove the tea leaves and add a splash of milk. Enjoy!
Raspberry Oolong Bubble Tea
- 6 ounces of milk
- 6 ounces of water
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea or Jin Xuan Oolong loose tea
- 2 tablespoons tapioca pearls
- 2 tablespoons fresh raspberries
- Sweetener (optional)
- Bring water to 190 degrees Fahrenheit in a tea kettle.
- Add the tea leaves and steep for 3 minutes.
- In a separate pan, combine 2 cups of water and tapioca pearls. Cook on high heat until the tapioca pearls begin to float.
- Add the raspberries to a tall glass and use a wooden spoon to gently crush the berries. Add the tapioca pearls and ice and pour the tea concentrate on top.
- Finish by adding the milk and stir well.
Formosa Oolong & Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino
- 14 ounces of water
- 3 teaspoons Cup & Leaf Formosa Oolong Tea
- 1 tablespoon Cup & Leaf Ceremonial Matcha Tea
- 1/4 cup condensed milk
- 2 cups ice
- Bring water to 195 degrees Fahrenheit and add the Formosa Oolong tea leaves to an infuser. Steep until the water cools to room temperature.
- Put ice, matcha green tea powder, and condensed milk in a blender.
- When the tea concentrate has cooled, pour it into the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Lavender Earl Grey & Jasmine Oolong Cream Tea Latte
- 8 ounces water
- 6 ounces milk (almond milk, dairy milk, or coconut milk)
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Jasmine Oolong Tea
- 1 teaspoon Cup & Leaf Lavender Earl Grey Tea
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Bring water and brown sugar to 195 degrees Fahrenheit in a pot on the stove.
- Add the tea leaves to a tea infuser and steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea leaves and pour the tea into a cup when the steeping time is finished.
- In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Using a milk frother or whisk, whip the milk into a thick foam.
- Add the thick foam on top of the tea concentrate and enjoy!
Oolong Milk Chai Iced Tea
Tea drinkers will find that this chai iced tea is easy to brew thanks to a pre-mixed chai tea blend. If you want to make this tea from scratch, you can use chai spices such as black pepper, ground ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom instead of the chai black tea. Just make sure to also include an Indian black tea such as Darjeeling or Assam to maintain the proper flavor.
- 6 cups water
- 2 teaspoons Cup & Leaf Se Chung Oolong Tea
- 2 teaspoons Cup & Leaf Indian Spiced Chai Black Tea
- 4 tablespoons condensed milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- Ice cubes
- Start by mixing the condensed milk and evaporated milk in a large glass pitcher and set it in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, bring water to a simmering boil in a large pan.
- Place the tea leaves in the hot water using a fine mesh tea strainer.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Remove the tea leaves and discard them.
- Remove the condensed and evaporated milk and use a milk frother to whip them into a thick foam. The milk should just about double in size.
- Pour the tea concentrate on top of the milk and stir well. Enjoy!
Get Creamy, Buttery Flavor With These Oolong Milk Tea Recipes
Whether it's your first time trying oolong milk tea or you're simply looking for new ways to brew it, these tasty recipes are sure to help you get the job done. For the best results, make sure to use a good oolong tea. Most oolongs from the Fujian Province, high-mountain oolongs, and Formosa oolongs are usually a great place to start. Once you've found your favorite oolong, use it in these recipes to draw out new tea flavors and keep things exciting.