Boba milk tea is a popular drink in Taiwan and other countries. The Taiwanese call this drink “bubble milk tea,” while the Cantonese refer to it as “pearl milk tea.” Whatever you want to call it, people enjoy drinking boba milks because of its sweet taste. Boba is a ball-shaped tapioca dessert that has a chewy texture and comes in different colors such as red, green, black, yellow, or white. According to some sources, boba was invented by accident during the Ming Dynasty when cooks boiled down too much rice brew into balls instead of rice porridge.
Making your own boba at home may seem difficult but with these recipes, you can make this drink at home. Don’t forget to add some boba balls (or pearls) before serving.
12 ounces boiling water
6 tablespoons black tea leaves
6 tablespoons sugar
6 cups cold water
3/4 cup tapioca pearls
Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow it to steep for 5 minutes (so that it becomes strong).
Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
Allow the liquid to cool completely.
Once cooled, pour into a pitcher with the cold water and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly.
Meanwhile, cook or soak your boba in warm or hot water just like you would do for pasta cooking.
Drain carefully after they are cooked through but still chewy.
Once they are cool enough to touch, run your fingers on them to separate the pearls.
Assemble your boba milk tea by filling a serving glass with 1/3 cup of chewy tapioca pearls, then add in 1-2 teaspoons of boba sauce (or simple syrup.)
Pour some chilled tea over the boba and enjoy!
½ cup tea leaves
5 cups water + ¼ cup for boiling
10 teaspoons sugar
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
20 oz. whole milk
Boil 4 cups of water in a large pot.
Remove from heat and add tea leaves.
Cover and steep until dark green color develops, approximately 15 minutes.
Strain out leaves.
Add 1 cup of water to tea and pour the mixture into a clean pot. Bring to boil again, then add ½ cup of sugar.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat, cover, and let it cool completely without stirring or disturbing the syrup in any way (this is very important).
Once cooled, stir in condensed milk and vanilla extract or powder.
Transfer boba milk tea syrup to a pitcher with lid once ready for serving your boba milk tea.
simply transfer 6 tablespoons of bubbly boba milk tea syrup into each glass, then top off with about 2 ounces cold whole milk per glass (ice cubes optional.)
4 cups water
½ cup granulated sugar
12-oz. package of frozen blackberries, thawed
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons honey
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
Add sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before transferring to a pitcher with a lid.
In a blender or food processor, purée half of frozen blackberries with milk for 30 seconds on high speed or until smooth.
Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer placed over the same pan you used to make your simple syrup (discard seeds/pulp.)
Strain remaining boba purée into the other half of cooled simple syrup (discard seeds/pulp.)
Stir in honey then pour the mixture into a pitcher with a lid.
fill 8-12 oz. glass with ½ cup boba purée, then add about 6 tablespoons bubbly simple syrup to each glass, top off with 2 ounces whole milk, or ice cubes (optional).
The recipes of boba milk tea are popular because they offer a refreshing drink that is easy to make. These beverages have the perfect balance between sweet and salty flavors, making them ideal for any time of day or occasion! Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up during work, something cool to sip on after dinner with friends, or want to mix up your morning routine with something new–boba milk tea has got it all covered. We hope these recipes give you some ideas about how you can incorporate this tasty beverage into your life more often!