We’ve all seen bubble tea at the mall or the fair or some other place and it always looks intriguing. It looks cool, fruity, kind of cutting-edge. But really, what are those things floating around? And why doesn’t it look like any tea ever seen before? If you’ve had one, maybe you’re hooked.
Personally, I don’t care to pay those over-premium prices for something called ‘tea’ with little floaty things in it. I’m here to tell you how to make your own.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1 cup Strong brewed green tea
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Large Pearl Tapioca
- 1-2 Tbsp (to taste) sweetened condensed milk
Take a pot of water and cook the tapioca in at least 4 cups of water for 6 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.
While the tapioca is steeping (and in another pot) mix the sugar and water and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Congrats! You just made simple syrup!! Pour the syrup in a bowl until the tapioca is finished.
When the 30 minutes are over, drain the tapioca (they will be a bit sticky right now) and put them in the bowl with the sugar syrup. Stir to ‘unstick’ them from each other. Let them sit in the syrup for a bit.
When you are ready to have your bubble tea, put a couple of spoonfuls of tapioca in the bottom of a tall glass (you’ll be sweetening the tea with the milk, so I left the syrup behind and just used the ‘bubbles’).
If you have a cocktail shaker, take the green tea, crushed ice, and the sweetened condensed milk and shake the heck out of it. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker (or crushed ice) you can do what I did and take a pint glass, add ice cubes, tea, and milk and either stir or veeerrrryy carefully invert a smaller glass on top and shake – preferably over the sink. If you use this particular method, please find a glass that fits well inside the pint glass and shake fairly gently (at least until you know the liquid isn’t going to splash out).
If you are using the large cubes, you can choose to either strain the ice out or just dump the entire thing into the tall glass which has the tapioca.
Congratulations again!! You now have a beautiful glass of bubble tea!!!
Coconut – I like coconut so I steeped some coconut with the green tea and then strained before chilling it. This worked quite well if you can get over the slight amount of coconut oil that will surface when you chill the tea.
Honey – add a spoonful of honey to the tea.
Really, there are unlimited flavor combinations you can do to make whatever flavor bubble tea you want. Use black tea, green, flavored, spice, whatever suits your fancy … and let me know what you try and how it turns out.
Oh! And please don’t forget the straw!!
*I have to mention this because it was a rather glaring omission on my part when I went to drink the tea – oops!*