Jasmine milk tea is a delicious bubble tea flavor that has long been a favorite menu item for boba connoisseurs.
This was one of the first flower teas to circulate as an alternative flavor to the classic beverage snack. In fact, Jasmine Green Milk Tea is one of the most ordered flavors from Chatime, a popular bubble tea chain. Due to its delicate aroma and creamy profile, this wonderful drink soon began to garner fans.
Read on for the benefits of this beverage as well as a few easy jasmine milk tea recipes using loose leaves or powder to try at home! For the more advanced boba connoisseurs have a go at our jasmine green milk tea recipe. You won't regret trying it.
What Is Jasmine Tea?
Jasmine tea itself has a strong place in history. The Chinese Ming Dynasty enjoyed the taste and shape of the flower. This led to the use of jasmine as a hot beverage around 700 years ago. The tradition continued during the Qing Dynasty, with the addition of green tea leaves, lychee, and citrus flavors to enhance the flavor.
Have you ever been to an Asian restaurant and drank jasmine tea before a meal? It is no accident that Asian cultures continue to value jasmine tea. With a pleasant floral aroma and strong aroma, the fragrant drink is a favorite among tea drinkers.
Jasmine Milk Tea
Jasmine milk tea refers to the addition of milk or creamer e.g. condensed milk, to this traditional beverage. Occasionally, some stores will add sugar to the drink to increase sweetness.
In more recent years, the mass mostly consumes the drink with tapioca pearls. However, you can enjoy this beverage with just milk and without black boba. Oolong milk tea is another popular boba flavor.
How is it made?
With its well-balanced sweetness and texture, jasmine milk tea quickly became popular among fans when it became a flavor. Specialists like T4 in London strive to provide traditional drinks that can be consumed alone or as bubble tea flavor. The latter can enhance the flavor when enjoyed with milk.
Manufacturers offer consumers this delicate tea by mixing the leaves with the fragrant jasmine when they harvest the leaves. The farmers will leave the leaves out to dry in spring. They will store this until the jasmine flowers bloom in the summer.
The flowers are then harvested and dried, giving off a strong scent in the process to add jasmine milk tea flavor. The manufacturer blends tea leaves and flowers, enabling a touch that transfers the scent of jasmine flowers to the tea leaves.
This blending process diffuses the aroma, so you may not be able to see flower petals in your drink while brewing jasmine milk tea or other related drinks. Dried jasmine flowers only serve to enhance the visual properties of the beverage. Even without real flowers, the taste of the drink will be the same.
This process described above is the traditional way to produce jasmine tea. However, recently, some manufacturers use jasmine oil and natural flavors to mix with tea leaves. Through this way, it can significantly reduce production time.
Jasmine Milk Tea Taste
Similar to pure tea, the boba drink carries a light floral taste. However, jasmine milk tea has a rich and creamy texture because of the addition of condensed milk.
However, normal milk or a non-dairy creamer can be also be used in bubble tea drinks. Depending on the area you're in, this may be more common than the use of condensed milk which increases the sweetness of the beverage snack.
Nutritional and Health Benefits
Jasmine tea mainly uses green tea leaves as a base for the drink. Therefore, there are many health benefits to this delicious drink.
In general, the beverage is loaded with antioxidants that provide protection for the body from free radicals. Free radicals can cause faster aging and illness through cell damage.
In addition, this drink can also help to promote weight loss. The body will be able to burn fat faster because this drink helps to speed up the metabolism process.
Few drinks are very beneficial for oral health such as jasmine milk tea. The drink contains catechins, which are polyphenols for cavities. It is noted that polyphenols can reduce Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease risk rates.
This magical beverage contains around 15 to 60 mg of caffeine per cup, so it can stimulate brain activity. Caffeine can make the user feel more alert and energetic. The caffeine content may vary depending on the time of infusion and the base of the tea mixed with different loose leaves. For example, jasmine tea with green tea contains approximately 25 mg of caffeine per 240 ml.
On the other hand, this dose is much higher for the 47 mg of black tea, and the white tea base contains 30 mg of caffeine between the two options. However, this total is about 95 mg less than a cup of caffeine.
In general, jasmine milk tea does not have a lot of side effects.
It contains caffeine, therefore its excessive intake can lead to insomnia for some people. Pregnant women should also be careful about their caffeine intake so do drink in moderation.
The antioxidants in jasmine can slow down the absorption of iron from food. This slowdown can be a problem for people with iron deficiency.
Useful Tip On How to Make Jasmine Milk Tea
Here are some helpful tips for the following recipe to get the best jasmine milk tea taste.
First of all, you need to use filtered water when making the drink. Bring the water to a boil and let it cool a little. The required temperature is 90°C or 190°F when the water is not boiling. Rather, it takes about 3 minutes to boil to reach this temperature. Add one teaspoon of tea leaves or tea bag into one cup of water.
The flavor of jasmine tea should be light and clean in the recipe of milk tea. If the tea obtained is bitter or sour, there may be a problem with the brewing method. In this case, try raising the temperature, steeping for a short time, or buying another type of tea.
Flower or Flower Buds
If jasmine is in bud form, it is okay to use 6-8 small flower buds per cup. On the other hand, when brewing to make jasmine milk tea, 4-5 dried flowers are enough for a large cup or full pot.
Jasmine Milk Tea Powder
To save more time, jasmine milk tea powder can be used instead of loose leaves or bags. This is a great option to obtain a boba store quality drink without the price and time needed!
There are many options available but our favourite is to use Buddha Bubbles Boba. Their powder is not overly sweet, doesn't taste artificial, and most of all, it's cheap.
You can use soy, almond, oat, or even coconut milk for this recipe of milk tea. However, we recommend using either almond or oat milk because it mimics the creaminess of cow's milk best.
There are many recipes, but the classic 4 ingredients recipe is one of the best ways to make the perfect cup of jasmine milk tea. The following recipe does not contain many ingredients, so you can easily prepare and retain the delicate floral aromas by following this recipe of milk tea at home.
Jasmine Milk Tea Recipe
- 1 teaspoon jasmine tea leaves
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup tapioca pearls boiled
- Put jasmine tea leaves in boiling water and leave for 3-7 minutes
- Use a spoon or strainer to remove the leaves.
- Mix in your preferred milk or creamer, tea leaves, and sugar to make delicious jasmine milk tea.
- To make this into a bubble tea, boil the tapioca pearls for 3-5 minutes. Drain and add to the drink. Serve hot or cold.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
As you can see, the recipe is very simple and straightforward. However, there are some tips to consider while preparing a good jasmine milk tea flavor.
Firstly, to make this beverage more aesthetically pleasing, you can serve this drink in a clear glass to see the tapioca pearls. Secondly, decorate with fresh jasmine flower petals.
If you don't want to use sweeteners in your boba drink, skip this step. However, the combination of jasmine milk tea condensed milk can make this drink insanely moreish! It's our favorite combo!
For the honey boba connoisseurs, consider trying this recipe out.
Honey Green Milk Tea Recipe
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 4 teaspoons jasmine milk tea powder
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 orange pekoe tea bags
- First, to start the honey green milk tea recipe, you have to soak the tea bag for 3-5 minutes in hot water until its color turned into bright red color.
- Then, you have to discard the tea bag and let the tea cool down for some time.
- After that, you have to mix jasmine milk tea condensed milk, and honey in a blender. Pour the tea and mix well. You can add ice if the tea is still hot. Now, you can enjoy the delicious jasmine milk tea flavor that is ready to drink.
Rich-tasting jasmine tea leaves are the key to making delicious Jasmine milk tea flavor. If you have a milk frother, foam some milk and add it to the top of the drink for a pretty look!
What to serve this drink with?
Bubble tea is typically enjoyed alone as a beverage snack in between meals or after lunch. It is also ideal for delicious desserts in Asian cuisine. So don't be surprised that a cup of jasmine tea is available when ordering Dim Sum, or Vietnamese pho noodle soup!
However, fried foods such as Korean corn dog can go well with this drink.