Homemade Bubble Tea Recipe
Drink Recipes

Homemade Bubble Tea Recipe

by Duane Tassinari on Jan 02, 2024

Calling all boba fanatics! Next Gen Boba is here to unleash your inner mixologist with a mouthwatering bubble tea recipe that's as easy as it is epic. Forget store-bought mediocrity – we're brewing up fresh, customizable bubble tea magic in your own kitchen. Let's get bubbling!

Here's what you'll need:

    • The Tea:
        • 2 Tbsp loose leaf black tea (or your favourite tea variety)
        • 1 cup boiling water
        • 1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
    • The Boba:
        • 1/4 cup tapioca pearls
        • Water for cooking
        • Brown sugar (optional, for topping)
    • The Milk & Extras:
        • 1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)
        • Ice cubes
        • Flavoured syrups, powders, or fresh fruit (optional)

Step 1: Brew the Tea Base

Steep your chosen tea leaves in the boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then stir in the simple syrup for a touch of sweetness.

Simple Syrup Recipe:

Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then let cool.

Step 2: Cook the Boba Pearls

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Gently add the tapioca pearls and cook according to package instructions (usually around 15-20 minutes). Drain and rinse the pearls under cold water. For extra chewiness, pulse them briefly in a food processor.

Step 3: Assemble Your Masterpiece

Fill a cup with ice. Add your brewed tea base, then top with the cooked boba pearls. Pour in your chosen milk and any additional flavorings like syrups, powders, or fresh fruit slices.

Optional: Brown Sugar Boba Boost!

For a caramelized treat, melt some brown sugar in a pan until liquid. Toss the cooked boba pearls in the warm sugar until coated, then add them to your bubble tea for a delightful textural and flavour twist.

Pro Tips:

    • Want it hot? Swap the ice cubes for warmed milk.
    • Feeling adventurous? Experiment with different tea bases like matcha, oolong, or even herbal blends.
    • Get creative with flavours! Mix and match syrups, powders, and fresh fruits to concoct your signature boba masterpiece.
    • Store leftover cooked boba pearls in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat briefly in hot water before using.

Share the Boba Love!

Tag us on social media with your bubble tea creations using #NextGenBobaDIY and inspire the boba community! We can't wait to see your tea-riffic masterpieces. Let's raise our cups (and reusable straws, of course) to the joy of homemade bubble tea!

So go forth, boba brewers, and let your creativity fizz! The world (and your taste buds) await your bubble tea magic.

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