Nothing tastes quite like a ginger milk tea, especially during the holiday or winter season. Even though it can be served cold (which it usually is) you still feel the warmth that the ginger provides within the milk tea. Don’t be too quick to judge, ginger milk tea is very delicious. The subtlety of the ginger in a traditional milk tea that you’re presumably used too is quite delicious!
We’re going to dive right into how to make a ginger milk tea right at home. If you haven’t tried a flavor like this outside of your home in your local boba shop, you might have to give it a try soon. In fact, check out some of the best boba places near you while you’re at it. Otherwise, stick around and you’ll learn the exact recipe for how to make ginger milk tea at home.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Ingredients you'll need
Ginger Milk Tea
How to Make Ginger Milk Tea
Like many of our recipes here at Talk Boba, we like to make it very easy for us and for everyone reading here. To start, we’re going to use our favorite electric kettle and boil some hot water with ginger root. If you’re interested in finding a kettle for yourself, feel free to take a look at our ultimate guide for finding the best electric kettle. We’ve helped many kettles find a new home, maybe you can too!
Before you begin the process to boil your water in the electric kettle, we’ll grab our fresh ginger root and begin to slice it up! We’ll need to chop it into fine pieces in order to allow the fragrances and taste to come out of it during the boiling phase.
Once you’ve chopped up your ginger root into small pieces, place them into your electric kettle and press that button to begin the boiling process. Once the water is boiled, let it sit for about 1-2 minutes and allow the ginger root flavor to really come out. (Sometimes we’ll wait a few minutes after the boil and then boil the water again in order to get more of the flavor out).
Whether you want a stronger ginger flavor or not is up to you, choose your preference!
Once your water is boiled you’re ready to begin steeping your authentic loose leaf black tea leaves. For 1 cup of ginger milk tea, all you’ll need is 2 tablespoons of black tea leaves. With that said, scoop 2 tablespoons of your favorite black tea leaves and pour the hot water in your steeper or cup to begin the cooking process for your tea. If you want to keep things easy (like we always like too) here’s a few different tea infusers you can try out. They’re super easy to use and clean!
Depending on how deep a flavor you want your tea will determine the amount of time you steep the tea. See how long you should steep your tea for here. We usually like to steep our black tea for our ginger milk tea for about 4 minutes on the dot. Anything more or less is too subtle or too acidic for our liking.
Once you’re done steeping your tea, be sure to strain the black tea leaves so that all you have left is the hot tea. Like we mentioned before, using a tea infuser makes this step super easy!
Now, all we have to do is add our sweetener and milk or creamer. We typically will simply use 1.5 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk here. We’ve found that this will add the consistency we’re looking for and the sweetness level that we desire most. That’s the best part about sweetened condensed milk, it has both the sweetener and milk/creamer aspect.
If you’d like to have it separate, other alternatives can be 1-1.5 tablespoons of honey and your preference of milk. Typically milk with higher fat content will be better, this gives the ginger milk tea a silkier and smoother texture. Milk with a lower fat content like no-fat dairy milk, oat milk or almond milk is perfectly fine though.
Now that you’ve added everything, stir it all up and enjoy it! Go ahead, take a sip, and let us know what you think. If you want to spice it up a bit, you can even add a dash of cinnamon too! Don’t go overboard on cinnamon though, the ginger already gives it that “spice” element.
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