Happy June everyone! It's officially summer which for me means bubble tea season. Who am I kidding? It's bubble tea season for me all year round. However, my consumption of this stuff probably triples during the summer. Some would say it is a bit of an addiction... but I say it is a way of life. Long story short, I am super excited to share this easy bubble tea recipe with you today!
And for even more excitement, I am sharing three different ways to make bubble tea:
- Plain Bubble Tea
- Milk Bubble Tea
- Fruity Bubble Tea
So why make bubble tea at home? For starters, it is super easy. Second, it is healthy! Especially for the fruity milk teas. Just think, real fruit vs. fruit syrup. It's really a no brainer. Third, it is much cheaper than paying someone to mix a couple ingredients together. And lastly, the comfort of whipping up a batch of this from your own home means you can relax at home and soak in the sun on your balcony without stepping a foot out of your house or into your car.
What is in Bubble Tea?
- tapioca pearls - you will need tapioca pearls (also called boba) for this recipe because obviously you can't make bubble tea without the "bubbles". Tapioca pearls can be purchased online or at any local Asian grocery store.
- honey - honey is stirred into the cooked pearls to add that sweet syrupy flavour.
- plain - tea or flavoured ice tea, lemon slices, and ice cubes.
- milky - unsweetened black tea or green tea, milk (or almond milk), and ice cubes.
- fruity - fresh fruit, milk (or almond milk), honey, and ice cubes.
How to Make the Best Homemade Bubble Tea (Three Ways)
- Make the boba. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil over high heat. Add the pearls (or boba) and stir gently until they begin to float to the top. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for another 20 minutes. Drain pearls and transfer to a small bowl. Mix in the honey and fully coat. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- Make the bubble tea. Divide the pearls into three tall glasses. Add in remaining ingredients:
- For plain bubble tea: Add tea (or iced tea), ice, and lemon slice.
- For milk bubble tea: Add tea, milk, and ice.
- For fruity bubble tea: Blend fruit, milk, honey, and ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into glass.
- Serve. Add a wide straw, and enjoy!
FAQ and Tips for Making Tapioca Pearls (Boba)
- Use tapioca pearls within a few hours. Tapioca pearls are best if used within a few hours of cooking (within 4 hours). They will get mushy. Make a smaller batch if you are worried about having extras.
- How to store cooked tapioca pearls. If you do have extra, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Cover and fully coat them in the honey syrup so that they don't stick to each other. But again, you need to consume them within 4 hours before they start to get mushy. Do not store in the refrigerator as they will harden.
- Why are my pearls too soft? This will happen if they are overcooked, or if they have been sitting out for over 4 hours.
- Why are my pearls too hard? This will happen if they are undercooked or if stored in the refrigerator.
More Refreshing Recipes
- Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
- Simple Homemade Peach Ice Tea
- Skinny Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
- Three-Ingredient Peach Sorbet
- No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberry Jam
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