Rose Milk Tea You Can Make At Home

Rose Milk Tea is very easy to make. For anyone trying to impress friends and family or maybe you’re looking for a new recipe to put on your café menu, why don’t you try this simple yet delicious beverage!

rose milk tea
Rose milk tea

Rose Milk Tea or also known as Rose Chai or Rose Tea Latte has been very popular these days. It originated in South East Asia.

After all, this is a new drink that combines the beauty of rose flowers with many health benefits and creamy milk. And it is a really comforting drink!

Flower tea drinks have been growing popular increasingly in many tea houses. Many tea lovers are seeking drinks from flowers that are unique and aromatic, especially rose tea.

Can You Make Rose Milk Tea AT Home?

Let me tell you one thing, rose milk tea is very easy to make, even if you’re just a beginner in the kitchen.

Another plus thing is that drinking rose tea regularly will help you stay young and fresh!

There are two options to get rose chai: a traditional method by brewing the rose buds and tea and the quick method with rose syrup.

If you want to avoid caffeine, there is also a caffeine-free version and I will also teach you how to make homemade rose syrup so you can make rose milk tea anytime you want.

It can even be more attractive if you put boba in it. White boba, black boba, red boba, or tapioca pearls. It will make the beverage even more irresistible. 

What Does Rose Milk Tea Taste Like?

The world is now crazed with bubble tea, there are so many boba tea creations we can see almost in every city. You can see the famous Assam milk tea, cheese tea, taro tea, brown sugar milk tea.

Now people are beginning to try rose milk tea. What does rose milk tea taste like?

Rose milk tea is a combination of brewed rose buds, tea, and milk. This gives creamy, floral, smooth taste in the mouth. You can feel the fragrance of the flowers while seeping it.

For those avoiding dairy products, you can just brew the rose petal leaf tea. Taylors has a nice product with black tea mixed in it.

Non-caffeine option is brewing rose petal only without other tea leaves, so choose only rose petal or rose bud tea. This is caffeine free.

rose tea
Rose tea

Origin Of Rose Petal Tea

Han Dynasty (141-87 BC) in China was believed to be the first to promote rose-infused tea. Firstly, it was promoted as medicine and used for trading. Rose is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to regulate qi or life energy.

Rose is then used as sweet-fragrant and homemade infusion tea and it has been used as cooling therapy besides its many health benefits.

Rose Tea Health Benefits

Rose buds are very high in phytonutrients, plant compounds with antioxidant properties. It is also rich with vitamin A, C,E, Iron, and Calcium. It is also caffeine free.

Rose tea has several health benefits, such as:

  • Helps with digestion problems
  • Helps reduce fatigue
  • Helps improve sleep
  • Helps reduce mood swings
  • Helps with menstrual cramps and menopause symtoms
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Helps promote healthy skin
  • Helps support immune system
  • Helps lower chronic disease risk
  • Helps lower inflammation

Types Of Rose Tea

There are several kinds or rose buds available in the market.

rose petals
Rose petals
rose buds
Rose buds

golden rim rose
Golden rim rose

rose buds
Golden-rim rose and French block rose

Is It Safe To Drink Rose Tea Everyday?

Tea and coffee contains some caffeine. Rose petal tea is caffeine free. Therefore, it can be a nice option to your regular caffeinated beverages. It can also help you detox toxin from your body.

If you are avoiding caffeine, rose petal tea can be a wonderful alternative.

Rose tea has its maximum health benefits when it is not combined with sugar or any dairy products. If you want to drink it daily, just brew rose petal as it is, without sugar or dairy products.

Rose Buds, Rose Petals, Hibiscus, Safflower, Saffron

What is the difference between rose buds, rose petals, hibiscus, and safflower? They are all flowers used for beverage and some for cooking.

Dried rose buds and dried rose petals are the ones you want to purchase if you want to make rose tea.

Rose petals are cheaper than rose buds and also easier to find. They both taste similar and have the same benefits. You can choose either one.

Hibiscus tea is different flower from rose tea. It has sour and fruity flavor and very red in color. It does not go well if you mix it with dairy products.

Safflower tea is another plant that looks like needle. It color is orange and yellow. It is used as medicines, tea, and spices. It contains fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties, helps with weight loss and prevents heart disease.

Saffron is an expensive spice used in French, Indian, and Spanish cuisine. It is famous for its aromatic flavor and has beautiful orange-yellow color. Famous rice dishes like paella, risotto, bouillabaisse use saffron.

Homemade Rose Syrup

If you like the taste of rose tea, here is homemade rose syrup you can make yourself.

  • 250 ml water
  • 6 tbsp rose buds
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Put rose buds and water into a pan. Let it boil.
  2. Allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Put in the sugar in parts to test the sweetness. If you want the rose to taste stronger, add more rose buds or rose powder.
  4. Turn off the heat if you have reached the right consistency. It should be thick enough.

You can keep the homemade syrup in a jar and put in a fridge for up to 2 months. You can make lots of things with the homemade syrup: cheesecake, rose milk tea, puddings, and many more.

Rose Latte / Rose Milk Tea

I always like using whipping cream for any latte I make. This time I combine it with milk and I always use full cream milk.

  • 3 tbsp dried rose buds
  • 300 ml hot water
  • 25 ml milk (you can use almond milk or oat milk)
  • 25 ml whipping cream (choose non-dairy if you are allergic to dairy products)
  • 1 tbsp boba or tapioca pearls (optional)
  • 1-3 tsp rose syrup

rose milk tea

Boil water, put the rose buds in the tea pot with strainer and pour the hot water in it. Let it brew for 3-5 minutes.

Afterwards, let it cool and set aside.

Cook tapioca pearls in hot water for 5 minutes or until it becomes transparent. Drain the water, soak the pearls in sugar water.

Put the tapioca pearls at the bottom of the glass and then pour the rose tea.

Add both milk and whipping cream. Stir well.

Add rose syrup if you like and some rose buds on top for decoration.


Rose Tea Variations

There are other variations you can make with rose tea. I have tried several of them and here are the ones I recommend.

  • Add green tea or oolong tea or Assam tea. For stronger flavor tea like these, brew them separately because it tends to get bitter if it is brewed too long. Rose tea will take longer time to brew.
  • Add cranberry or strawberry juice to give tangy flavor.
  • Mixing with hibiscus tea to add more brilliant color. Add sparingly as it is quite sour.
  • Adding chia seeds to make rose chia seeds pudding.
  • Add grass jelly or lychee jelly or strawberry jelly for unique variations.
  • Your rose tea can also be mixed with gelatine powder and rose water to make rose pudding.

Cranberry Rose Milk Tea

Cranberry juice mixes well with rose tea and also it is caffein-free. You do not need to put in any more sugar. Get the unsweetened cranberry juice. It has a little bit of sourness in it.

Boil 6-8 dried rose buds and 200 ml water for 5 minutes. Add 300 ml cranberry juice, 100 ml whipping cream and 2 tablespoon of tapioca pearls.

Meanwhile, cook tapioca pearls in hot boiling water until it is transparent. Drain the water and soak the cooked tapioca pearls in a sugar water.

Boil the rose buds with hot water for 5 minutes. Blend with the cranberry juice. Add 1-2 teaspoons of sugar if needed. Mix well.

Pour the cream or milk into the cranberry rose tea blend. Mix well.

Put the tapioca pearls at the bottom of the glass. Pour in the cranberry rose milk blend.

Finally, you can use whipped cream and rose petals as garnish on top.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What are the alternative options for rose infusion if fresh roses are not available?

A: If fresh roses are not available in your area, you can use dried rose petals, which are commonly found in herbal or specialty tea shops. Or, you can use rose syrup, which is usually available in many grocery stores or online. I think rose syrup is the most convenient method to have rose tea instantly.

Q: Can I use dairy-free milk substitutes for rose milk tea?

A: Sure! You can use other dairy-free milk substitutes such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Choose the milk alternative that suits your dietary preferences. Make sure the milk substitute can be frothed or heated.

Q: Is rose milk tea safe for pregnant women and children?

A: Generally, rose milk tea is safe for pregnant women and children. However, I would recommend you consult with your doctor or pediatrician first. Please pay attention to the caffeine content if you do use tea as additional ingredient.

Q: Can I use store-bought rose syrup instead of making a rose infusion?

A: Yes, store-bought rose syrup can be used as a convenient option to making a rose infusion from scratch. Just be careful of the sugar content in a store-bought rose syrup.


Q: How long can the rose milk tea be stored, and how to best store it?

A: I would highly recommend enjoying rose milk tea fresh. However, if you have some leftover rose milk tea, you can store it in a bottle in the chiller for up to 2 days. Keep in mind that the flavors may be different from the fresh one.


Q: Can I use other sweetener other than sugar or condensed milk?

A: Absolutely! You can use sweetener such as erythritol or stevia to substitute sugar or condensed milk.


Rose Tea has a lot of health benefits. Nowadays this kind of tea is trending for its attractive appearance and also the flavor.

Make yourself a good rose milk tea at home with the best rose tea selection!

Other recipes for milk tea: Oolong Milk Tea, Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, Blue Latte, Assam Milk Tea.

rose milk tea


Yield: 1-2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Rose milk tea is a wonderful choice for caffeine-free beverage. It is pretty and so fragrant! Try making it on your own.


  • 3 tbsp dried rose buds
  • 300 ml hot water
  • 25 ml milk
  • 25 ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp tapioca pearls
  • 1-3 tsp rose syrup


  1. Boil 300 ml water
  2. Put the rose buds in a pot with strainer.
  3. Pour the hot water into the pot.
  4. Let it steep for 5 minutes at least. The color should be dark brownish red.
  5. Boil some water to cook the tapioca pearls. Cook until transparent. Drain the water and put it into sugary water.
  6. Or you can put the tapioca pearls straight into the bottom of the glass.
  7. Pour the rose tea in the glass. Add the milk and whipping cream.
  8. Stir well. Add some rose syrup if you like.
  9. Top with rose petals or rose buds for decoration.
  10. Enjoy!


Do not throw away the brewed rose buds. You can brew it again for the second time longer to get the same taste of tea.

Leave a Comment

Skip to Recipe