14 Best Teas To Drink Without Milk! a Helpful Guide


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If you’re looking for the best teas to drink without milk, then this is the list that will help you out. I’ve packed it with the most helpful information as to how to select the right morning tea for you.

Here’s a quick summary list to start you off, and then we’ll move on to the reasons for some of these teas being on the list and add some more…

Best teas to drink without Milk?

  • Oolong tea is a great option just about any time of day
  • White tea provides a smooth light choice
  • Yellow tea for an even milder taste
  • Green tea for a healthy option
  • Ripe Pu’erh for a darker richer choice
  • Earl grey for a zesty option
  • Fruit teas are always a good and often healthy go-to tea
  • Rooibos tea can provide something a little different
  • Chamomile for the evening when you have no milk left!

You might also want to check out my article on if you should have teas without milk for a definitive answer on this subject as a whole!

But now, to give you a good overview, let’s run through some of these teas and add some others in too…

tea selections
tea selections

My 14 best teas to drink without milk

Green tea

Green tea can suit most pallates, as they can offer a variety of tastes. A good quality green tea can range from bitter through to sweet, vegetal through to nutty or earthy or even grassy, and have floral or buttery, creamy tones too. Steamed green teas can offer a bittersweet or sweet taste too.

Green tea is acknowledged as having numerous health benefits. Among others, it’s believed to improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, help prevent heart issues such as high blood pressure, as well as aid in fighting cancer.

Check out my article on Green tea for more information on the numerous health benefits of green tea.

To make Green tea, use a tablespoon spoon size serving and add 10 ounces of hot water – steep for around 20 – 30 seconds. It should yield at least 5-7 infusions. Here’s my full article on making green tea.

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Oolong tea

Oolong tea would not normally be served with milk. Because of it’s variety in oxidization amounts, Oolong sits within a broad spectrum between green and black tea, so the flavors can be different and varied.

So flavors can range from very light to almost syrup like and full bodied, It can have early floral notes, combined with later earthy and even smokey notes.

Oolong tea without milk is believed to be good for teeth health – as does most teas, as well as heart health, lowering cholesterol, weight loss, energy boosting and help in combating the risks of cancer.

To brew Oolong tea, take a tablespoon spoon serving and add 10 ounces of hot water – steep for around 25 – 30 seconds. It should yield at least 6-7 infusions after this one too.

Here are the 6 best Oolong teas you definitely need to try!

Ginger Tea

This tea is the most heard of type of tea to have without milk after green tea.

As for flavor, Ginger tea gives out a strong spicy flavor that is neither sweet nor savory. Ginger tea without milk also allows the notes of the earthy flavor to show through, more like a grassy tea.

It’s one of the most perfect teas to drink without milk on cold days. 

Ginger tea has great health benefits, without milk for centuries has been consumed to fight against inflammation and to strengthen the immune system.

As well, ginger tea without milk is believed to help in addressing the affects of nausea, stomach ulcers, indigestion, and constipation. 

To brew ginger tea add a teaspoon size serving of crushed ginger pulp to 10 ounces of hot water – it should yield at least a couple of infusions after this one too.

Let it steep until preferred (10-20 minutes), the longer you steep the spicier your tea will be, add sweetener if necessary, and many also like a splash of lemon or lime juice to balance out the spice. 

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, also known as red tea, or red bush tea, is one of the ultimate teas you should have without milk.

You can have it with, of course, but the perfect flavor without is a blend of smoky, sweet, grassy, woody, floral, vanilla, honey, geranium, and caramel, and these flavors ooze out from a rooibos tea when drank without milk.

Plus, if you’re going to drink Rooibos tea then drinking it as it is something you shouldn’t be missing out on as a tea lover.

Rooibos tea without milk is a mere flavor explosion in your mouth.  For me, it’s not that far a lapsang souchong!

Rooibos is caffeine-free and it’s believed to be healthy for heart patients too. It also helps in preventing inflammation and treating diabetics, asthma, hypertension, and premature aging. 

To brew rooibos tea, add 1 teabag or half teaspoon of rooibos tea leaves for 10 ounces of hot water. Steep until preferred (5-8 minutes) and add sweetener if necessary.

rooibos tea
rooibos tea

Check out more in my article about the pros and cons of Rooibos Tea!

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea without milk gives out a fruity flavor with a blend of sweet and sour with some astringent notes.

The flavor profile of hibiscus tea is similar to cranberry juice, because of the sweet and tart flavor the tea gives out. 

Hibiscus tea without milk helps with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, indigestion, liver diseases, cancer, hypertension, and even anxiety. This tea without milk is rich in Vitamin C and minerals. 

To make a hibiscus tea, add 2- flowers of hibiscus (only the petals) or half a tablespoon of dried hibiscus leaves to 10 ounces of hot water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes as preferred and add any sweeteners if needed. You should certainly be able to get a few infusions.

Rose Hip Tea

Rosehip tea is made using the fruit from the rose plant, and the rose hips are found just below the rose petals.

Without milk, rosehip tea has a delicate floral flavor to it, with a mild sweetness and a tart-like aftertaste. 

Rosehip tea without milk is said to have numerous health benefits in curing minor stomach related problems and is used to treat diarrhea, constipation, kidney disorders, high cholesterol, weight loss, and treating gout.

This tea without milk can also help in preventing flu, and vitamin C deficiencies.

To make rosehip tea, add ¼ cups of rose hips or one heaping tablespoon of dried and crushed rose hips to 10 ounces of hot water. Let the tea steep for 10-15 minutes as preferred and add any sweetener if needed. You should be able to get at least a couple to a few infusions.

Peppermint Tea

The best teas to drink wiothout milk must surely include the famous peppermint tea, another amazing tea you should have without milk.

Coming from the mint family, peppermint tea gives out a minty (obviously!) and slightly sweet taste.

This tea without milk is light and refreshing and, of course, offers a cooling sensation in your mouth.

A peppermint tea without milk is said to help any problems associated with sleeping, headaches, menstrual cramps, digestion, sinus, and bacterial infections.

Without milk, peppermint tea contains a good mix of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins such as A & C. 

To make peppermint tea add 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves or two tablespoons of dried mint leaves to 10 ounces of boiling water. Steep until preferred (5-10 minutes) and add sweetener if necessary. Peppermint tea is naturally sweet, so make sure to taste test it before adding any sweeteners. You should be looking to get a few infusions from this tea.

peppermint tea and leaves
peppermint tea from peppermint leaves

Lemon Balm Tea 

Lemon balm tea without milk gives an amazing refreshing citrusy flavor with hints of mint.

It provides a combination of a lemony flavor that is brisk and tart-like. Again coming from the mint family, the lemon balm provides a refreshing and calming effect to a cup of tea without milk. 

An authentic lemon balm tea without milk could provide several benefits, from relieving anxiety disorders, reducing harmful viruses in the body, improving heart and skin health to increasing antioxidants in the body. 

To steep a lemon balm tea, add one tablespoon of dry lemon balm leaves or two tablespoons of fresh lemon balm leaves to 10 ounces of boiling water. Steep until preferred (5- 10 minutes) and add sweetener if necessary. You should be able to obtain a few infusions.

Passionflower Tea

Passionflower tea has a mild flavor with a grassy earthiness. This tea without milk is light and has a soothing after taste and also gives out a calming effect.

The calming effect for this tea comes from the chemical that is found in the passionflower.

Passionflower tea can again be helpful in curing anxiety disorders, sleep troubles, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and heart diseases.

To make passionflower tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried passionflowers or 1 teabag of passion flowers to 10 ounces of hot water. Steep as preferred (3-5 minutes) and add sweetener if necessary. The more you steep the more the tea is going to infuse the grassy flavor. You should be able to get a couple of infusions.

Chamomile Tea

As the meaning behind the origin of its name, chamomile offers a cup of tea with gentle notes of apple flavor along with a yellow honey-like flavor sweetening the tea.

Without milk, chamomile tea gives a silky mouthfeel, with a clean and soothing taste until the very last sip.

The flavor profile of chamomile tea without milk is a great substitute for black or green tea lovers, so I had to include it in my list of best teas to drink without milk!

Without milk chamomile tea can potentially help in reducing the risk of many heart diseases and cancer, helps with good sleep and digestion.

Chamomile tea without milk has been a daily-beverage for centuries. It’s consumed as a natural healing composition for many health conditions. 

To brew chamomile tea add 1 and a half teaspoon of dried flowers of Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) to 10 ounces of boiling water. Steep until preferred (10-15 minutes) and add sweeteners if necessary. You should at least be able to get a couple of infusions.

chamomile tea
chamomile tea

Sage Tea 

This tea has always been a famous herb in most kitchens, but it also makes an amazing tea without milk.

As for flavor profile, Sage tea has a delicate earthy flavor with some notes of astringent and sweetness. This tea without milk has a great aroma and offers a winter warming feeling. 

This tea without milk is believed to offer great medicinal properties, such as lowering anxiety levels, preventing cancer, detoxing the body, and weight loss. However,to obtain the best benefits from sage tea, it shouldn’t be consumed excessively. 

To steep sage tea, add 1 tablespoon of fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried sage leaves to 10 ounces of hot water. Steep until preferred (5-10 minutes) and add sweetener is necessary. You should be able to get a few infusions.

Echinacea Tea

This is another uncommon or perhaps unheard of tea one should have without milk. If you’re a curious person who likes to test different varieties of teas without milk, then this tea is a great one for trying out.

This is because the flavor profile of this tea without milk is tongue-tingling sensation, it’s a mix of refreshing with a boosting aftertaste.

Echinacea tea without milk has notes of herbs in its flavor profile.

This tea could help in reducing the common cold, boosting the immune system, and also fighting against viruses and infections in the body.

To make Echinacea tea, add 1 tablespoon of dried Echinacea or 2 tablespoons of fresh Echinacea for 10 ounces of hot water. Steep until preferred (5-10 minutes) and add sweeteners if necessary. Again, you should be able to get a few infusions.

Ripe Pu’erh

Not a taste for everyone, Pu’erh teas can vary in taste quite significantly. But, a dark ripe pu’erh has a milder flavor profile to it, most are earthy in aroma and this generally is too.

Ripe Pu’erh without milk is how you would normally expect to take this tea if you want to benefit from the full flavor palette it can offer.

Ripe Pu’erh is belived to promotes a healthy heart, It is also believed to help with cholesterol, and other related aspects that can cause obesity.

To brew Ripe Pu’erh tea, add hald to one tablespoon to 10 ounces of water. Steep until preferred (20-30 seconds) and add sweeteners if necessary. You should get mutiple infusions from one portion of Puerh.

Earl grey

In the list of best teas to drink without milk, you have to include Earl grey.

Earl grey tea flavor is one of fruit and citrus, Earl grey tea includes bergamot which is a type of citrus fruit not too dissimilar to meyer lemon but has a grapefruit-like flavor too. It can also contain floral tones and come across as somewhat herbal in nature.

Earl grey without milk is how most people would take this tea, however everyone is different and some do prefer it with a splash of milk.

Earl grey tea without milk has a number of health benefits, which can include among other things good teeth health, cancer prevention, weight loss, a healthy heart and stress relief. It can give you energy and help fight anxiety and depression too.

To brew Earl grey tea, Add a tablespoon of Earl Grey tea into around 10 ounces of water. Steep until preferred, (4-5 minutes). Strain it and add milk if you prefer, and sugar or lemon as optional. You may get two infusions from this.

To close…

There is always a debate over adding milk to any teas. In truth, you can add whatever you want that suits your own individual tastes.

But, I’ve collated these as teas that, in general, you wouldn’t normally add milk to. If you did, then it might change the flavor profile considerably, or just be plain wrong on one or more levels!

I hope this has helped, but as always, take your tea as you like it!

There are plenty more I could add, such as Darjeeling and High Grown Ceylon. Did I miss anymore that you think should be on the list?

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