Make an Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte just like Starbucks. A simple blend of brewed full-bodied English breakfast tea, milk, and simple syrup creates a sophisticated, lightly caffeinated, and refreshing iced drink.
English breakfast tea blends vary by maker, but they’re typically a mix of black tea leaves with a pleasant earthy flavor. The Royal Engish Breakfast Tea Latte from Starbucks showcases a premium English breakfast tea blend made from Indian and Sri Lankan black tea. It’s sweetened with cane sugar and tastes delicious served hot or iced.
This DIY Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte is made with simple ingredients and is the perfect cool and refreshing afternoon pick-me-up. Ready to make this iced tea latte? Let’s do it.
🍵Why You Should Make this Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
- Budget-friendly. Homemade tea lattes are less expensive than customary coffee shop runs.
- Refreshing. This is a delightful way to sip on tea in the summer.
- It’s delicious! The milk and simple syrup town down the earthy and bitter tea, creating a smooth and creamy sip.
- It’s versatile and easy to customize.
- English Breakfast Tea – This tea is favored for its rich, earthy, and full-bodied flavor that tastes even better paired with milk and sugar. It has slightly more caffeine (perfect for breakfast)!
- Milk – Starbucks uses 2% milk, but you can use any creamy dairy or milk alternative here.
- Simple Syrup – Plain simple syrup or upgrade your latte with sweetened vanilla syrup.
- Filtered Water – Use filtered or distilled water for the best lattes. It doesn’t have any weird tastes like tap water sometimes have.
- Recommended equipment – If you’re using loose-leaf English breakfast tea leaves, you’ll need a tea infuser but other than that, this specialty sip doesn’t require any special equipment.
🧋How To Make Iced English Breakfast Tea Latte
1️⃣ Step One: steep tea.
Bring filtered water to a boil, submerge the tea, and let steep until it reaches the strength you enjoy (steep for at least 5 minutes).
2️⃣ Step Two: let the tea cool.
Then, let the tea cool completely or transfer it to the fridge to chill. If you’re short on time, shake the tea with ice in a cocktail shaker until chilled
3️⃣ Step Three: pour.
Pour the chilled tea into a tall glass of fresh ice
4️⃣ Step Four: add milk and sugar.
Add the milk and simple syrup, and stir well to combine. Enjoy!
💭 Recipe Tips
- Modify the tea flavor intensity. The longer you steep the tea leaves or bags, the stronger the flavor will be.
- Plan ahead and steep the tea night before. The flavors wake up and become more vibrant when they’ve had time to chill in the fridge overnight.
- If you’re short on time, pour the tea into a cocktail shaker with a scoop of ice and shake until cold. Immediately strain over a fresh glass of ice, add milk and simple syrup and serve.
- Simple syrup works best as a sweetener as it dissolves much better in cold liquid than granulated sugar.
- If in a pinch, you can sweeten the tea with granulated sugar, but it must be added while the tea is still hot enough to dissolve the granules completely.
Check out the list below for ways to modify your iced breakfast tea latte:
- Sugar-free & keto – Use a sugar-free sweetening syrup or keto simple syrup.
- Naturally sweetened – Use dd honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or date syrup.
- Dairy-free – Oat milk, cashew milk, and a plant-based barista blend are great vegan options.
- Flavored syrup – Add cozy flavor with gingerbread simple syrup or refine the tastes with tea-infused simple syrups like green tea simple syrup, chai tea simple syrup, or earl grey simple syrup.
- If you don’t have English breakfast tea, try making this latte with Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, or any full-leaf black tea.
- Top with a creamy layer of cold foam.
🧊 How To Store
- Refrigerator storage – Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. Reheating depletes the lavender flavor, so over ice is the best way to enjoy your drink the second time around.
- Freezer storage – Freeze in an ice cube tray, and use the cubes to chill your next iced chai tea latte.
It’s robust, pleasantly bitter tea with subtle notes of sweet, earthy flavor.
There is 40 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce serving.
When made with whole milk, there are about 150 calories in a 12-ounce serving. Using dairy-free milk and natural sweeteners will reduce the calories a bit.
🧋More Specialty Sips
Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
- 2 tablespoons loose leaf English breakfast tea or 2 tea bags
- 2 ounces milk 2% to make a Starbucks copycat or any milk
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup plain or vanilla
- 12 ounces filtered water
- Bring filtered water to a boil, submerge the tea leaves, and let steep until the tea reaches the strength you enjoy (steep for at least 5 minutes).
- Let the tea cool completely or transfer to the fridge to chill. If you're short on time, shake the tea with ice in a cocktail shaker until chilled
- Pour the chilled tea into a tall glass of fresh ice.
- Add the milk and simple syrup, and stir well to combine. Enjoy!