Milk tea refers to several forms of beverage found in many cultures, First of all, sugar is added to the water along with tea leaves and milk is added after heating it. The term milk tea is used for both hot and cold drinks that can be combined with various kinds of milks and a variety of spices. This is a popular way to serve tea in many countries, and is the default type of tea in many South Asian countries. Beverages vary based on the amount of each of these key ingredients, the method of preparation, and the inclusion of other ingredients (varying from sugar or honey to salt or cardamom)[1] Milk tea is the default type of tea in India and Pakistan and referred to as chai.[2]

Milk tea served in India
A glass of milk tea in Nepal


Local variations include:

In Britain, when hot tea and cold milk are drunk together, the drink is simply known as tea due to the vast majority of tea being consumed in such a way. The term milk tea is unused, although one may specify tea with milk if context requires it. This may cause confusion for people from cultures that traditionally drink tea without milk.


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