Bubble Tea is everyone’s favourite drink, especially during summertime. This special tea belongs to Taiwan, but bubble tea is loved all around the world.
The Tapioca balls also called boba are mixed with sweetened tea and milk and prepared in many other flavours, like jasmine tea, strawberry, honeydew and taro (a root vegetable). Once you will try you are going to be addicted to this tea. It’s chewy, the texture of tapioca ball and the creaminess of the tea, I must say people can not get enough of this BUBBLE TEA, which is also known as Boba tea.
Many of you might don’t like drinking bubble tea at teahouses. They might be adding too much sugar and the flavours they are offering are not be your favourite. But do not worry we are coming with the best recipe for bubble tea for you. But before that, we must know about this Tea.
Origin of Bubble Tea
Do you know the origin of this tea? This tea is everyone’s favourite across the world but has become a full sensation not only in its origin country Taiwan but in the United States as well. After its origin in the 1980s, today teahouses of boba tea are scattered all across the US. What a unique and strange idea to put tapioca balls in tea right?
Which Tea you can use?
Choose a tea that has strong flavours. A few of the options are black and jasmine tea. You can make the best out of it. The tea still holds its flavour after watering down the tea with milk and ice cubes. You can also use Chinese Numi tea to make this recipe as well, but you can choose any kind of tea of your choice but it must have a strong flavour.
Pro Tip: You can blend equal parts of Assam and Ceylon tea leaves to make this unique blend we recommend.
Which kind of Tapioca Balls are used?
You can use any Tapioca pearls but choose the ones which best suits your flavour and can be cooked in 5 minutes. You can look for texture as well because they are chewy and the texture should be best. Some pearls can take up to one hour to cook. You can easily find these tapioca pearls in online stores.
We do not recommend cooking tapioca pearls and leave overnight. A Big No. Because they stiffen as they cool down, so do not cook above quantity, just cook as many as you want. We do not want you to throw your tapioca pearls. But one thing you can do is that once cooked, you can leave the pearls in that hot water and don’t drain it. This way the pearls can retain the soft texture for a longer period of time. So, you can take a sieve spoon to remove the pearls from your cooker and leave the excess tapioca pearls in the cooker.
What kind of Milk I can use?
We recommend you use whole milk. It will make the tea more flavorful and tastier. You can also use heavy cream and the taste of this creamy tea can blow your mind. You can mix both whole milk and heavy cream in equal amounts well. Depends on which one do you like, if you want a creamy one, you can use heavy milk.
If you don’t like the dairy one, you can make the dairy-free tea with soy milk and nut milk. You can also go for canned coconut milk, but I had a very bad experience with coconut milk once, but also recommend trying once.
What kind of Sweetened I can use?
It really depends on your taste and the flavours you want. That means any kind of sweetener can work. Either it is honey or thick syrup. Mix the honey while the tea is hot so that the honey will mix properly. You can add sugar according to your taste but for honey, you need to add 2 tbsp of honey for every 2 cups of bubble tea.
We recommend preparing syrup first so that anyone can add the syrup with their preference and taste. Syrups are very easy to prepare. You just need water, sugar and boil them. Boil until the sugar dissolves in the water and turn off the heat. Once cooled down, fill it in a bottle for future use. For each drink, it is recommended to use 1 ½ tbsp of syrup, but again it’s up to your taste buds how much sugar they want.
Recipe for Bubble Tea
- Black tea (6-8 bags) or loose-leaf black tea (2-3 tbsp)
- Hot water (5 Cups)
- Tapioca Pearls(3/4 cup)
- Whole milk
- Syrup (your Choice)
- Water (1/2 Cup)
- Sugar (1/2 cup)
- For tea: Put the tea bags or leaves in 4 cups of boiled water. Let it cool down until the tea sits in.
- Prepare Syrup: Mix sugar in water and heat the mixture on medium heat. when water boils, sugar will completely dissolve. Now remove from heat and let the syrup cool down.
- Cook Tapioca Pearls: Take 4 cups of water and boil. Now add tapioca pearls. After some time the pearls will float on the top and you have to stir the pearls. Cook them for another 5-6 minutes, until they become soft. Cook if they aren’t soft enough. Now take the pearls out from hot water and rinse the pearls with water. Mix the pearls with syrup in another pan.
- Make drinks: Now Strain the tea into a Jar and divide the Tapioca Pearls into 4 large glasses and put ice cubes. Now pour the tea into each glass. Now add 1 1/2 tbsp of milk and 1 1/2 tbsp of simple syrup into each glass, stir and taste the milk tea. if required you can add more milk or syrup to your drink.
- If serving to guests, keep a jar of milk and syrup so that everyone could adjust the drinks to their taste. You can offer straws as well because it is also served with straws, if not available offer spoons that so simple.
Points to Remember:
- You can refrigerate the leftover syrup and save it for future drinks. You can save it for 3-4 weeks.
- If you dont want the bitterness of the tea, you can leave the tea bags of tea leaves for 5 minutes.
- If the pearls are made an hour ago, dont take the pearls out of the hot water. Water will keep the pearls soft.