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How to Make Bubble Tea

Learn how to make bubble tea at home that is fruity and milky perfection – just like your favorite boba milk tea shop!

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Ingredients

If you’re making homemade bubble tea:

If you’re using a bubble tea powder mix:

Instructions

** For homemade bubble tea

To make the tea:

Steep 2 tea bags in 1 cup of boiling-hot water for about 15 minutes. Remove the tea bag and let cool to room temperature.

Tapioca Pearls:

For regular tapioca pearls

Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the tapioca pearls. Stir and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until pearls float to the top. Drain and rinse the pearls under cold water. Transfer to a large glass (the one you will be drinking from) and set aside.

For quick 5-minute tapioca pearls

Bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the tapioca pearls. Stir and wait until the tapioca pearls float to the surface. Cover and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes. Drain and soak in cold water for 20 seconds. Transfer to a large glass (the one you will be drinking from) and set aside.

Simple Syrup:

Bring ½ cup water to a boil and turn the heat off. Add ½ cup granulated sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Putting the bubble tea together:

Add a few ice cubes to top of the tapioca pearls in your glass, and pour the tea over. Stir in the soy milk and 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup (or more, depending on how sweet you like your bubble tea) and serve.

** For bubble tea powder mix 

  1. Cook the tapioca pearls by following the steps above.
  2. Mix 3 tablespoons bubble tea powder mix with water.
  3. Add tapioca pearls to a tall glass along with a few ice cubes and pour in the tea mixture. Stir and serve.

Note: add more bubble tea powder mix if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Notes

Tapioca pearls are definitely the best on the day you first boil them. While you can refrigerate them for later use in a pinch, they will get super hard pretty fast.

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