Disclaimer: I’ve never actually had “official” royal milk tea, since Japan (and the surrounding countries) is one of the few places in the world you can drink and buy it. And since Uva tea leaves and Hokkaido milk are not exactly common grocery items here in the US, I’m doing my best to come up with an American-ized version of royal milk tea until I can go over and have the real thing. 🙂
So what is it?
Royal milk tea is the creation of Lipton Japan. It is a blend of tea, milk, and sweetener that is typically served cold, but can also be enjoyed warm. Vending machines and cafes all over Japan serve it, and one of the most popular brands is Tea KADEN Royal milk tea, which I’ve heard is absolutely oishii おいしい (delicious).
Royal Milk Tea ロイヤルミルクティー
3 cups boiling water
1.5 cups milk (whole)
2 T honey (or sugar, if you prefer)
2 Black tea bags (I use Newman’s Royal Black Organic)
2 Darjeeling tea bags
Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Turn off the water, but leave the pot and the burner, and steep the tea bags for six minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey and milk. Pour into large mason jar and chill fully before drinking (unless you’d like it warm).
We all really enjoyed the tea, and will definitely make it often. It’s good both warm and cold, but we all prefer it super chilled. It sort of reminds me of a tea-based iced coffee.
If you didn’t care for my version, Nami of Just One Cookbook has another version you can try.
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