Delicious milk tea (aka boba tea, pearl milk tea, and bubble tea) is the perfect place to start your venture into the world of making tea.
Invented in Taiwan where milk boba tea was first made with tea, condensed milk and honey, this tasty tea has taken the world by storm. It now comes in a variety of flavors – made with fruit or milk.
Milk tea can be made with all kinds of tea, with black and green being the most common. My favorite is Jasmine Green tea.
You can even get milk tea made with chewy tapioca pearls. These pearls are where the term boba comes from (boba is Chinese slang for “large breasts”).
Milk tea is super easy to make at home. At a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in a shop, you can’t go wrong.
Milk Tea Recipe – Boba optional
This milk tea recipe can be made with or without boba pearls. You can also make it dairy-free and sugar-free.
I like my milk tea to only be lightly sweetened, so you may need to double or triple the amount of sweetener called for if you like yours sweeter.
- 1 cup brewed tea, any kind, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons milk or almond milk
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon honey or tiny pinch stevia
- 2 tablespoons prepared tapioca pearls (optional)
To make the milk tea…
Pour the tea into a large glass. Add milk or almond milk and your choice of sweetener. Stir well. Add tapioca pearls (if using) and ice. Serve immediately.
If you’re using tapioca pearls, you can make this even more authentic with bubble tea straws (found here).
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