How to make your own milk tea (and make it cheap)

A few years ago, the idea of a tea party was a big deal.

I was living in London, and it was only a matter of time before the UK’s largest tea-making chain decided to bring tea back to the UK.

The idea of people enjoying a cup of tea together on a warm day at the local coffee shop was so much more appealing than, say, a tea-and-chocolates gathering at a fancy café.

And the idea seemed to appeal to me even more, since I live in the UK and my friends have always used milk tea in some way. 

It was only later that I realized that milk tea is actually quite simple to make, and you don’t need a lot of equipment to make one.

In fact, you can easily buy a cup at a local supermarket for under £3, and a whole cup of it costs just a few pence.

I had been thinking about this for quite some time, but I wasn’t sure if I could actually make a batch of tea, let alone one that would taste good.

After a bit of research, I realised that the only thing that needed to be done to make a tea that people could enjoy together would be to brew it in a large pot of water and then add a little milk.

The results?

A delicious, healthy cup of delicious tea that tastes delicious, and the best part is that the tea lasts up to a year, so you don´t have to worry about it breaking.

Here’s how to make tea in a tea kettle using just a pot of milk, and then making your own cup of milk tea.


Find a good, sturdy, clean water kettle I bought a £10 plastic water kettle from a local hardware store, which I used to boil water to about 65°C (140°F) for the tea. 

The instructions on the bottle said that you should boil water for at least 15 minutes before adding the tea to it.

I followed that advice, and after about five minutes I noticed that my kettle was very hot and boiling water isn’t ideal for this purpose.

The kettle itself was perfectly fine, so I left it running in the garden for a bit longer and started brewing tea.

I added a little more milk to the kettle and let it boil for another 20 minutes, and by the time I finished, the water was about 70°C / 130°F (21°C and 24°C respectively).

I was left with a tea pot that was boiling at 60°C.

The tea pot is about 8cm tall, and about 5cm wide, so it can fit into the back of the kettle, but you’ll need a fairly large pot to hold it all. 

If you want to keep a large mug, you should buy a larger one, but this is just for practical purposes. 


Add the milk and cook it for 10 minutes I was initially a bit worried that the milk would start boiling too fast, and my kettle wasn’t very big.

I quickly discovered that the coffee grounds were also boiling, so that meant the water would be at a much slower boil rate. 

When the tea was ready, I drained off the water from the pot and set the pot on a cooling rack to keep it at a nice simmer. 

After 10 minutes, the tea pot was completely cool, and I had added a few more tablespoons of milk to it, and when I poured out the tea, it was still quite hot, so the tea had to be boiled again. 


Add a few cups of milk and stir the tea As soon as the tea started to cool, I poured the tea into the milk pot, stirred it in, and poured it out. 


Stir the tea in for a minute or two When it was all poured out, I put it back on the cooling rack and let the tea cook for a few minutes longer.

I let the milk cook for around 20 minutes more, and once the milk was all done, I stirred it all in, stirring the tea for a couple of minutes. 


Put the tea cup in the fridge for another couple of hours After I finished stirring the milk, I stored the tea inside my tea kettle for about an hour.

I didn’t have any milk tea leftover to serve, so after that, I simply poured the milk into a small glass of cold milk tea, poured it into a mug, and stirred it for a little while. 


Serve tea and milk tea Finally, I served the tea with some hot milk, which was delicious, so now I had some tea to enjoy. 


Serve the tea and the milk tea I left my tea pot in the kitchen for another hour, and while I was cooking the tea again, I wanted to get the temperature down.

I took the tea out and poured a cupful of cold water into it,