From a cozy London Fog to a glowing mugful of turmeric golden milk – is there anything better than curling up with a frothy tea latte? Big in flavour but not in calories, this creamy and comforting beverage is our favourite way to warm up on a chilly day. The best part? Lattes are both delicious and easy to whip up at home – especially when you use this foolproof recipe. Here’s everything you need to know to make the tea latte of your dreams.
What is a tea latte?
A tea latte in its simplest form is tea with frothed or steamed milk. This cozy drink is a play on the classic café latte, only instead of espresso, it contains tea. The best part? It’s super versatile. You can have it hot, iced and with almost any type of tea or topping (hello, whipped cream!) Plus, you can control the amount of caffeine you want which is dependent on the type of tea you choose. How cool is that?
What’s in a tea latte?
Tea lattes are made up of three basic ingredients:
Virtually any tea (loose leaf or teabag) can be made into a tea latte – from premium matcha green tea to caffeine-free rooibos to classic Earl Grey. We’re suckers for bold black teas and vibrant matchas because they hold up amazingly to milk. But almost any strong-flavoured tea will do the trick. Looking for a good place to start? Here are a few of our favourites:
Matcha Matsu: This antioxidant-rich powdered green tea froths beautifully and packs a serious caffeine punch. Learn how to make an iced green tea latte here.
Forever Nuts: Our signature pink caffeine-free latte is deliciously nutty, with hint of sweet cinnamon.
Cream of Earl Grey: Notes of bergamot and creamy vanilla bring this mouthwatering London Fog latte to life.
Saigon Chai: This rich premium black tea is packed with all the classic, digestion-loving spices, making it the perfect chai tea latte.
Calming Chamomile: Take this honey-scented herb to the next level by whipping it up into a relaxing chamomile tea latte. Just add a splash of agave for a deliciously soothing caffeine-free nightcap.
Pro-Tip: Word to the wise – hibiscus-based teas tend to curdle milk, so you’ll probably want to avoid drinking those as lattes.
We love adding organic agave to our tea lattes because a little goes a long way. Never heard of agave? This golden syrup is a deliciously all-natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant. It also dissolves quickly in hot or cold beverages making ideal for tea lattes.
But of course you can sweeten your latte any way you like: Maple syrup, honey, brown or white sugar, coconut palm sugar… the possibilities are endless. Our suggestion? Go with your fave! The key is to sweeten your latte to your liking – so add as much or as little as you want.
Want to learn more about agave? Click hereto find out everything there is to know about this all-natural sweetener.
The beauty of tea lattes? They taste delicious with all types of milk, whether you’re using whole, lactose-free or plant-based. For a richer, creamier latte, use 2% milk – especially if you’re going to steam and froth it. 1% and skim make great low-fat lattes, while silky coconut milk is perfect for vegan and dairy-free lattes.
Tea Latte Recipe
Here’s how to make a classic tea latte.
- Add 4 Perfect Spoonfuls of loose leaf tea (or 2 sachets) and 1 tbsp of sweetener to a Steeper, and fill with 1-1¼ cup of hot water.
- Steep according to tea instructions.
- Froth 1 cup of milk in a frother or heat in a saucepan and whisk until frothy.
- Dispense tea into a 16 oz mug and top with frothed milk.
Now that you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to take your tea barista skills to the next level with our gamechanging sweet and decadent tea latte recipes.
Video: How to make a tea latte at home
Watch our step-by-step tutorial on how to make the ultimate tea-infused latte at home.