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How to Make Rose Milk Tea

With boba cafes or bubble teas always innovating, we beg the question do these new boba or bubble tea flavors taste better than the originals or classics like hong kong style milk tea… We can honestly answer with yes. These newer flavors may not be your typical or classic tastes but it’s a new spin on being unique in the boba industry. The rose milk tea is just that, unique and deliciously satisfying with every kiss to your taste buds. 

Rose milk tea’s unique floral notes of flavor perfectly balanced with the creamy texture of your choice of creamer, it leaves our taste buds wanting more. Mixed with a robust earthy tea like oolong tea, the rose milk tea becomes very memorable as a taste. Not overbearing in floral notes, the rose milk tea has its unique balance enticing you to order another one to go.

The rose milk tea is typically made with rose syrup, bought or freshly made (we’ll be making it from scratch), a tea base and creamer to bring the texture together. It’s not too difficult to make rose milk tea at home but it’s extremely easy to go overboard on the floral notes, which can be the opposite of great tasting.

Let’s continue below to see how we can make rose milk tea at home with the right balance of floral depths of flavor! 

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Prep Time

5 Minutes

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Cook Time

20 Minutes

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Total Time

25 Minutes

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1-2 Servings

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Rose Milk Tea

How to Make Rose Milk Tea

Step 1

Let’s start with the longest step first so that we can get this out of the way. Plus this allows us to multi task while we wait anyways! 

Let’s start by grabbing 2 of your best non-stick pots and filling each one up with water. We’ll bring the water in both pots to a boil. One-pot will be for our handful of rose petals to make delicious homemade rose syrup. The other pot will be used for steeping and brewing our fresh tea, we’ll be using oolong tea for this recipe. 

We like using oolong tea or its depth of flavor compared to regular black tea. Oolong tea tends to have an earthy tone to it with subtle sweetness for an after taste, a perfect balance with rose-infused milk teas like this one. 

Be sure to steep your tea for 6-8 minutes for a balanced flavor profile. We’d suggest using the timer on your phone or asking Alexa to set a timer for 6 minutes. 

For the rose syrup, once the water is boiling, turn it down to medium heat and add your rose petals along with 1/2 cup of sugar. Don’t forget to stir often, we don’t want the sugars to burn on the bottom. Once the rose mixture has a consistency of syrup or honey, that’s how you know it is done. Generally, it will take 5-8 minutes to get a consistency like so, but remember it’s really important to stir often! 

Step 2

Once the long process of waiting for the tea to steep and rose syrup to achieve its consistency you can set them aside when complete. In the meantime, we can prepare the rest of the ingredients into your favorite boba cup or mug. 

In your favorite boba cup, add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/4 cup of creamer. For this, we really like using soy milk or whole milk to get the creaminess and texture we want. But of course, any creamer will do just fine too! We know some of the team likes to use almond milk for a nutty underlying flavor, try it out if you haven’t! 

Step 3

After adding the above two ingredients we may add the rest, starting with the rose syrup. Don’t add too much of this as it can be very overpowering if done wrong. To be on the conservative side, we’ll be adding 1-1.5 tablespoons of the rose syrup. Trust us, a little goes a long way, you don’t want to feel like you’re drinking a flower. What you do want is that subtle floral note to have your palette questioning what it might be! 

Shortly after you may add your hot freshly brewed tea to the mix and stir thoroughly until everything is incorporated well. And of course, the last step. Take a sip, smack your lips a little and embrace the subtle earthy, floral, and sweet flavors combined. 

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1 thought on “How to Make Rose Milk Tea”

  1. Can’t wait to try this out…but I have to add I DO want to feel like I’m drinking a flower. I love strong floral flavors. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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