I don’t know about you, but I love bubble tea: slushies, green tea, black tea and milk teas. A while ago, I tried making my own milk tea with grass jelly using Red Rose Orange Pekoe tea, but it didn’t have the right taste in my opinion. So I tried making milk tea with grass jelly using Dollar Tea Club’s Assam Organic Black Tea. I used carnation milk, but you can use soy milk, almond milk or any other milk of your choosing. I think almond milk would give it a nice nutty flavour, like the drink they offer at Chatime.
There’s no real recipe, it depends if you like your tea stronger or more milk, but here’s what I put in mine:
- Dollar Tea Club’s loose leaf Assam Organic Black Tea
- carnation milk/almond milk/soy milk (any milk of your choosing)
- grass jelly (from a can)
- brown sugar
Bring water to a boil and steep the black tea for at least 5 minutes (either add more than usual or steep it for a bit longer than usual so that it’s stronger). Add some brown sugar, I put a teaspoon, you can add more or less depending on how sweet you like it.
Once steeped, you can add ice to the tea, but I prefer to put my mug into an ice bath so that I don’t water down the tea more than I need to. If you’re going to do an ice bath, get a shallow bowl and put your mug of black tea into it. Then, carefully pour cold water and ice into the bowl. Let the tea sit until it’s cooled down. Add your carnation milk to the black tea (if you like your tea weak, add more). I had a 500mL mug of black tea, so I put about 1/4 cup (give or take) of carnation milk.
I poured my tea into a mason jar and chilled it overnight. If you add ice to your tea, you can drink it right away. For the grass jelly, open a can of grass jelly and rinse it with cold water. I put the grass jelly into a glass container so I could rinse it more easily and cut it up. Spoon out the grass jelly into a cup and pour the milk tea into the glass and VOILA! (To save myself from having to wash a cup, I just carefully spooned out the grass jelly into the mason jar cup that already had my milk tea in it). You’ve made milk tea!