Learn how to make bubble tea at home that is fruity and milky perfection – just like your favorite boba milk tea shop!
If you’re making homemade bubble tea:
If you’re using a bubble tea powder mix:
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.
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.
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.
Note: add more bubble tea powder mix if you prefer a sweeter taste.
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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