Jasmine Milk Tea

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 01/05/2022 Updated: 30/11/2023
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 3 minutes
Total 38 minutes
Nourish your soul with this jasmine milk tea recipe! This floral jasmine green milk tea is made with milk, simple syrup, and of course brown sugar boba.
Jasmine Milk Tea

Nourish your soul with this jasmine milk tea recipe! This floral jasmine green milk tea is made with milk, simple syrup, and of course brown sugar boba.

Someone pouring milk to make a jasmine milk tea with boba.

Welcome to another refreshing and addicting popular boba shop recipe. You need to make this jasmine boba tea to instantly brighten your day. The floral notes from the jasmine flowers blend beautifully with the sweet creaminess from the milk and simple syrup making it an absolute delight to drink.

This Jasmine milk tea recipe is a classic recipe that only uses four pantry staple ingredients and four easy-to-follow steps. The hardest part about making this recipe is boiling water! There are no excuses as to why you cannot make this jasmine milk tea boba at home. If you are looking for more boba shop inspiration, check out my taro milk tea, brown sugar milk tea, mango green tea, and Thai tea recipes.

A glass of jasmine milk tea with boba.

What is Jasmine Green Tea?

Jasmine tea became popular during the Ming Dynasty in China. Jasmine green tea is made by infusing green tea leaves with jasmine flowers. It is packed with antioxidants that have been linked to many health benefits such as losing weight and lowering the risk of heart disease, mental decline, and certain cancers. It has mild caffeine content.

Two glasses of jasmine milk tea with boba.

Kitchen Equipment

For this Jasmine green milk tea, you will need a few kitchen basic equipment to heat up your water and steep your boba.

  • Kettle or Saucepan: you will need an electric kettle or a saucepan with a thermometer to heat the water.
  • Mixing Bowl: you will use a mixing bowl to steep the boba in the brown sugar syrup.
  • Spider strainer: you will need a small spider strainer to scoop up all the boba pearls.

Ingredients

Making this Jasmine milk tea recipe requires only a few simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.

  • Hot water: you will need hot water for both the tea and the brown sugar syrup that you steep your boba pearls in. For best results, you will need a kettle that can measure the heat of the water or a thermometer.
  • Jasmine green tea: Jasmine green tea is the star of this jasmine milk tea. So I recommend buying a good quality Jasmine green tea. My favorite brand is Rishi Jasmine green tea. It has beautiful floral notes and is very smooth.
  • Milk: for authentic milk tea, use whole or 2% milk. If you are lactose intolerant like me, I always reach for Lactaid whole milk. For alternatives see below.
  • Simple syrup: simple syrup is very simple to make hence the name. You will need to cook 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Boba pearls: you can find dried boba pearls online or at your local Asian grocery store. I recommend either making your boba from scratch or using boba that is not instant for the best tasting results.
  • Granulated sugar: used to sweeten the boba pearls
  • Dark brown sugar: used to create the brown sugar flavor for the brown sugar boba.
Two types of dark brown sugar used for sweetening milk tea.

Substitutions and Additions

This is your Jasmine green milk tea. That means you can substitute some of the ingredients based on your dietary preferences.

  • Milk: you can substitute whole milk for your milk of choice such as oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc. This may alter the flavor of the milk tea so you may need to adjust the sweetness accordingly.
  • Simple syrup: you can substitute simple syrup for a sweetener of your choice such as honey, agave, or simply sugar.
  • Brown Sugar: for the boldest brown sugar flavor, I recommend using dark brown sugar or dark brown muscovado sugar which has a rich molasses taste.

How to Make Jasmine Milk Tea

You can make this Jasmine milk tea recipe with four simple steps.

  1. Brew the Jasmine green tea. Steep the Jasmine green tea in the hot 175°F or 79°C water for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until cooled.
Steeping jasmine tea in a spouted glass measuring cup.
  1. Prepare the boba. Prepare your boba based on your boba packaging. If using non-instant boba, simmer the boba for 25 min. covered. Then, remove from heat and let the boba sit in the saucepan covered for another 25 min and then drain.
  1. Steep the boba. In a heat-proof bowl, mix 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and carefully steep in boiled boba for 30 min.
  1. Assemble. In a tall glass, add the boba pearls and ice. Pour in 1 cup of jasmine green tea and 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup and stir. Then pour in the milk, stir and enjoy! You can adjust the sweetness by adding more simple syrup for a sweeter drink.
Up close of someone pouring milk to make a jasmine milk tea.

Tips for the Best Jasmine Milk Tea

  • Use cold ingredients. Nobody loves a lukewarm drink that is meant to be refreshing. Make sure to have all the ingredients chilled in the refrigerator before making this recipe.
  • Steep the jasmine tea in 175°F or 79°C water. This is the optimal temperature for jasmine tea which brings out its flavors without burning the tea leaves creating overly bitter results.
  • This recipe makes 2 cups. You can double or triple the recipe if you want to make this for larger groups of people.
  • You can change the sugar level. When it comes to drinks, I always err on the side of something that is not too dense and overly sweet. However, the sugar level is entirely up to you and you can alter the amount based on your sugar preference!
  • Add your favorite toppings. You can add in homemade boba pearls, grass jelly, pudding, lychee jelly, etc. to make this recipe a full treat!

Storage Instructions

You can store this Jasmine milk tea in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Frequently Asked Q’s & A’s

What does jasmine milk tea taste like?

Jasmine milk tea has a sweet and creamy flavor with hints of floral undertones from the Jasmine green tea.

What are the health benefits of Jasmine tea?

Jasmine tea uses green tea leaves which are filled with antioxidants. Jasmine milk tea can aid in weight loss, oral health and stimulates brain activity.

Does Jasmine milk tea have caffeine?

Jasmine green milk tea contains about 25 mg of caffeine per cup.

What is the ideal temperature to steep Jasmine green tea?

The ideal temperature to steep Jasmine green tea is 175°F or 79°C.

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Recipe

Up close of someone pouring milk to make a jasmine milk tea.

Jasmine Milk Tea

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Steep Time for Brown Sugar Boba 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Nourish your soul with this jasmine milk tea recipe! This floral jasmine green milk tea is made with milk, simple syrup, and of course brown sugar boba.
Servings: 2 cups
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Ingredients

  • 2 cup hot water 175°F or 79°C
  • 2 tablespoon Jasmine green tea or 2 tea bags
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 3-4 tablespoons simple syrup to taste

Boba Pearls

  • ½ cup boba pearls
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup hot boiling water

Instructions

  • Brew the Jasmine green tea. Steep the Jasmine green tea in the hot 175°F or 79°C water for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until cooled.
  • Prepare the boba. Prepare your boba based on your boba packaging. If using non-instant boba, simmer the boba for 25 min. covered. Then, remove from heat and let the boba sit in the saucepan covered for another 25 min and then drain.
  • Steep the boba. In a heat proof bowl, mix 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar and carefully steep in boiled boba for 30 min.
  • Assemble. In a tall glass, add the boba pearls and ice. Pour in 1 cup of jasmine green tea and 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup and stir. Then pour in the milk, stir and enjoy! You can adjust the sweetness by adding more simple syrup for a sweeter drink.

Notes

  • Use cold ingredients. Nobody loves a lukewarm drink that is meant to be refreshing. Make sure to have all the ingredients chilled in the refrigerator before making this recipe.
  • Steep the jasmine tea in 175°F or 79°C water. This is the optimal temperature for jasmine tea which brings out its flavors without burning the tea leaves creating overly bitter results.
  • This recipe makes 2 cups. You can double or triple the recipe if you want to make this for larger groups of people.
  • You can change the sugar level. When it comes to drinks, I always err on the side of something that is not too dense and overly sweet. However, the sugar level is entirely up to you and you can alter the amount based on your sugar preference!
  • Add your favoring toppings. You can add in homemade boba pearls, grass jelly, pudding, lychee jelly, etc. to make this recipe a full treat!

Nutrition:

Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 171g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 136g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg

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