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hokkaido milk tea with brown sugar

Hokkaido Milk Tea - Japanese Brown Sugar Milk Tea

This Hokkaido milk tea is delicious homemade Japanese style brown sugar milk tea made using milk, black tea and brown sugar!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword brown sugar milk tea, hokkaido milk tea
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 240kcal


  • 2 teaspoons black tea leaves or tea powder (or 2 black tea bags)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • In a saucepan, add the water.
  • Also add the milk and black tea powder or black tea leaves (if using tea bags, do not add now).
  • Also add the brown sugar, mix well and heat the mixture.
  • Make sure to stir the contents often, as you heat the milk tea mixture or the milk may burn at the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Once the mixture is heated well and about to boil, turn off the heat and filter the tea through a fine mesh strainer (be very careful as the tea is hot), to a mug or tea cup.
  • If necessary, you may filter the tea a couple times more (this may be needed if you are using tea powder).
  • (If you are using tea bags, place the tea bags in the heated milk and brown sugar mixture and let it steep for about 4 to 5 minutes and then discard the used tea bags. If needed you may reheat the tea again. As you know, filtering the tea is not needed if you are using tea bags)
  • If you used skim milk (which is not recommended) or if you think the cremy flavor is not enough, you can also add about two tablespoons of heavy cream and stir in to combine with the milk tea.
  • If you desire more sweetness, feel free to add more brown sugar and stir well to dissolve in the hot milk tea.
  • Serve hot and enjoy the delicious hokkaido milk tea sweetened with brown sugar!


Tips to make the best homemade Japanese Style Hokkaido Milk Tea
As you know, Hokkaido milk tea is traditionally made with fresh, locally available ingredients like milk from Hokkaido islands.
Since we may not have access to local ingredients, unless you live somewhere near to Hokkaido islands, we have to make the tea using the best ingredients available to us.
To make the best homemade Hokkaido milk tea, make sure to use the best quality, whole milk.
If the milk is not fresh, the tea will not taste good.
Also, if you use low fat or fat free skim milk, the tea won't be creamy like Hokkaido milk tea and it may not have enough flavor.
The best thing about Hokkaido milk tea is it's rich milky texture and caramel flavor from the brown sugar.
So make sure to also use enough brown sugar to sweeten the tea.
Once the tea is prepared, if you think it's not sweet enough, you may add more brown sugar but make sure to stir well so the brown sugar will dissolve easily in the hot tea.
Also, you can add a little fresh heavy cream (about 2 tablespoons) and stir in with the tea, in case you want the tea to have more creamy texture.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 358mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 299mg | Iron: 1mg