What is Okinawa Milk tea?

In this brief blog, we will answer the query,”What is okinawa milk tea?” We will explain what Okinawa Milk Tea tastes like. We will also explain what okinawa brown sugar is and how different it is from normal brown sugar. We will finally briefly discuss how to make Okinawa Milk Tea.

What is Okinawa Milk tea?

Okinawa milk tea is a well liked traditional drink that is native to Okinawa which is Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Okinawa milk tea is usually brewed using loose-leaf black tea leaves, particularly Assam leaf, whole milk from local cows and Kokuto sugar (Okinawa brown sugar) which assists in infusing into the milk a unique flavor and distinctive taste.

What does Okinawa milk tea taste like?

Okinawa milk tea tastes pretty much like the kokuta sugar that is used to brew it which is a distinct rich, toasty and malty like roasted caramel flavor. One of the greatest things about this type of tea is that it is not too sweet because kokuto has a less sweet taste than regular plain brown sugar.

Much of the flavor in okinawa milk tea is from the black sugar used to make it. The original okinawa milk tea as previously mentioned is made using Assam tea which possesses this deep and malty flavor. When blended with kokuto it brings out an uber rich velvety taste. 

Okinawa Milk Tea also tends to be milky and smooth because it has milk in it. When making it is recommended that you go for some full-fat variety or add in a splash of cream to give it a smooth and creamy flavor.

What Is Okinawa Brown Sugar?

Okinawa brown sugar is also referred to as kokuto sugar. Having originated from Okinawa it is a regional speciality and is widely and frequently offered in huge lumps. Okinawa brown sugar is occasionally used to produce Shochu which is a Japanese traditional hard liquor.

Okinawa brown sugar is often labeled as ‘black sugar’ because it possesses this darker color unlike other varieties of sugar that are not processed. However, the color of okinawa sugar usually lights when it is broken up into smaller pieces.

Okinawa brown sugar is a good source of minerals such as calcium, potassium and also iron. It can help in good tooth health by aiding in the prevention of tooth decay and also aids in lowering stress levels and also reducing cholesterol. It can also help in alleviating anemia.

In countries such as China, there are people that take melted brown sugar so as to recover after giving birth. 

How do you make Okinawa Milk Tea?

In order to make Okinawa milk tea you require the following ingredients:

Then follow the below instructions;

  • Place your loose-leaves of Assam tea in a large teapot so that they have enough space to expand and steep.
  • Pour in some water in a kettle and bring it to a rapid boil.
  • Proceed and pour the boiling water over your tea leaves and allow them to steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. If you need a stronger flavor, allow them to steep longer. If you require to derive all the flavor from the Assam tea leaves then steep the leaves more than once, twice is sufficient.
  • Add a teaspoon of kokuto into a large mug.
  • Once your tea has sufficiently steeped, pour it into the large mug and leave some space at the top so as to pour in your whole milk.
  • Then add in your whole milk as per your preferred amount and give it a stir. If you do not find it to be sweet enough as per your liking, you can add in more sweetener.


In this brief blog, we have answered the query,”What is okinawa milk tea?” We have explained what Okinawa Milk Tea tastes like. We have explained what okinawa brown sugar is and how different it is from normal brown sugar. We have finally briefly discussed how to make Okinawa Milk Tea.

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