Here’s how to make your own bubble tea at home. There’s a basic recipe at the bottom of this post which you can endlessly customize. As for me, I like a lot of chewy boba and creamy milk tea. This is the boba I use, which you can find in an Asian grocery store. At home, I like making bubble tea in a mason jar because you can cap it and give it a good shake, as bubble tea baristas do in Asia. You’ll also need wide bubble tea straws to suck up the boba.
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- Make the boba first. Add a handful of tapioca pearls to a lot of boiling water and keep boiling on medium-low heat until the pearls have expanded and are squishy.
- At the same time, brew a doubly strong batch of tea. You're making it doubly strong because you'll be adding quite a bit of milk later.
- Drain your boba when they're cooked and quickly rinse under cold water. This will wash off the sticky tapioca starch. Add the boba to a jar and pour in enough tea so that all the pearls are submerged. Add several spoonfuls of sugar, cap the jar, shake it up to mix the contents, and keep it at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
- Sweeten the rest of the brewed tea to taste and chill it if you want a cold drink.
- When you're ready to have a bubble tea, add tea, boba, milk, and ice to a lidded jar, shake well and drink with a bubble tea straw.