Anything-But-Basic Bubble Tea

We love bubble tea, or boba tea, but it can be challenging to make at home. Until now. We’ve come up with a basic recipe that’s deliciously easy and that you can change up to your liking. This version uses Organic Assam Breakfast tea and whole milk and simple syrup rather than condensed or evaporated milk. Hopefully it’ll save a few calories but hey, this isn’t kale. Indulge!! Organic Assam Breakfast Tea Leaf and LiquorOrganic Assam Breakfast Tea

Ingredients: 2 x 12-ounce drinks

  • 4 bags of Organic Assam Breakfast tea or 4 heaping teaspoons of loose-leaf tea
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ cup cooked Tapioca pearls (can be purchased an any Asian grocery store and follow preparation instructions)
  • Whole milk to top (we used 3%)
  • ¼ cup simple syrup or liquid honey to serve
Ingredients for the Simple Syrup (water or honey): Makes ¼ cup
  • ¼ cup water or honey
  • ¼ cup sugarAnything But Basic Boba Tea Close UpDelicious!

  • Steep the tea bags or loose-leaf tea with 4 cups of freshly boiled water. Let the tea sit in water until it cools completely.
  • Prepare sugar or honey simple syrup if using – add water and sugar or honey to small saucepan and heat. Stir until the sugar or honey is fully dissolved and allow syrup to cool.
  • Prepare tapioca pearls as per package instructions.
Assembling the Drinks:
  • Discard teabags or strain tea leaves into a pitcher.
  • Divide cooked tapioca pearls into two glasses, saving some for garnish.
  • Pour one cup of cooled black tea into each glass. Top with 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar or honey simple syrup into each glass. Add more milk or simple syrup to your taste.
  • Top the Bubble Tea drinks with remaining tapioca pearls to garnish.
Couple of Tips:
  • If you’re serving the bubble tea to guests have a small pitcher of milk and leftover simple syrup ready so that they can adjust the drinks to their taste.
  • Bubble tea is usually served with large boba straws that allow the tapioca pearls to go through. If you don’t have them, you can use spoons to scoop out the tapioca pearls.
Some Added Notes:
  • Leftover sugar or honey simple syrup can last for 3 to 4 weeks refrigerated. And you can use any type of sugar to make simple syrup, such as dark brown sugar or coconut sugar. You can also add a few slices of ginger or other flavouring to the pot as you’re creating the simple syrup – think orange, lemon or lime rind, maybe cinnamon. The possibilities are endless.
  • The tea is deliberately steeped strong to make up for dilution from the milk. You can steep the tea less if you like.
  • If you decide to use condensed or evaporated milk in place of whole milk, omit simple syrup.