What Type of Oolong Tea Is Best?
When making oolong milk tea, it makes a real difference if you use a high-quality oolong tea. For these recipes, we recommend using oolong tea leaves, not tea bags. This will ensure a richer and more flavorful drink. We also recommend using oolongs with floral or fruity notes, such as jasmine oolong or peach oolong.
Milk oolong will also work, but with real milk in the mix, the aroma won’t stand out as much. Now that you’ve chosen your oolong, let’s get started on our tasty recipes!
Basic Oolong Milk Tea Recipe
Before we discuss the variations, we want to show you the basic oolong milk tea recipe. This drink is simple, yet satisfying – and it only requires three ingredients! Prepare 2 tablespoons of oolong tea leaves, ⅓ cup of whole milk, and a sweetener of your choice. Then, follow these instructions:
- Boil water and let it cool to 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Steep the oolong tea in ⅔ cup of water for 2–3 minutes.
- Heat up your milk, being careful not to bring it to a boil.
- Add your sweetener to the milk when it’s very warm so that it dissolves.
- Mix the oolong tea and milk together, and enjoy hot or over ice.
That’s it! But if you thought of oolong milk tea as a kind of bubble tea, we’ll cover that too. Keep reading for more information and different variations of this inviting drink.
How to Make Oolong Milk Tea Creamier?
If you want a creamier oolong milk tea, try using condensed milk or half-and-half instead of whole milk. The drink will have a richer texture and a sweeter taste. You can also try adding some honey or vanilla extract for even more sweetness and depth of flavor.
Adding the Boba (+ 3 Variations on Oolong Bubble Tea)
Ready to turn your milk tea into bubble tea? If you have some ready-to-cook tapioca pearls on hand, follow these instructions for oolong milk boba tea.
- Boil your tapioca pearls according to the package instructions.
- Prepare oolong milk tea using the basic recipe above and adding 4 tablespoons of brown sugar (and a pinch of salt if you wish) to the milk.
- Put some ice cubes in your glass – filling it halfway with ice is enough.
- Add the boiled boba pearls, then pour oolong milk tea into the glass.
- Sprinkle more brown sugar on top and enjoy the drink with a wide straw!
Feeling more adventurous? Here are three variations on oolong bubble tea to try!
Variation #1: Oolong Milk Tea with Honeycomb Toffee
For a little bit of added texture and sweetness, try adding honeycomb toffee (or “sponge toffee”) to your oolong milk tea with boba. Simply prepare the oolong milk tea and boba according to the instructions above, then add crushed honeycomb toffee to the drink before serving.
Variation #2: Oolong Milk Tea with Coconut Jelly
For a refreshing twist, add some coconut jelly to your oolong boba milk tea. Simply prepare the oolong milk tea and boba according to the instructions above, then add a spoonful of coconut jelly before serving. You can also replace the milk with coconut milk for even more flavor.
Variation #3: Spiced Oolong Milk Tea
For a warm and cozy oolong milk tea experience, try adding some spices to your drink. In addition to the oolong leaves, steep a stick of cinnamon, a couple of cloves or a pinch of nutmeg.
Then, prepare oolong milk tea as usual and enjoy hot on a chilly day. You can also add some caramel or pumpkin spice syrup to make it sweeter.
Does Oolong Milk Tea Have Caffeine?
Yes, oolong milk tea does contain caffeine. However, the amount of caffeine will depend on how much oolong tea is used and the brewing time. Generally speaking, oolong tea has less caffeine than black tea but more caffeine than green tea. So if you’re avoiding caffeine, this beverage isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a little bit of a pick-me-up, oolong milk tea is a tasty choice.
What Is Zebra Oolong Milk Tea?
The zebra variety of oolong milk tea is made with black tapioca pearls and konjac jelly pearls, which are translucent to white. The combination of black and white is what gives this drink its name! What’s interesting is that konjac contains next to zero calories, which makes it a popular choice for those watching their weight.
No matter how you prepare it, oolong milk tea is a delicious and satisfying drink that’s perfect for any time of day. The variations above are just a starting point – feel free to experiment with different flavors and additions to create your own unique oolong milk tea experience. Happy sipping!
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