I really enjoy drinking bubble tea while watching a movie or chatting with friends in the comfort of my own home.  Those are a few reasons why I like to make bubble tea on a regular basis. Throughout the years I have made countless cups of bubble tea and am happy to share my simple bubble tea recipe here. It is by no means intended to be an authentic bubble tea recipe, and I am in no way claiming to be a bubble tea expert, but it is my version of “bubble tea” and has been enjoyed by family and friends for quite a while now.

At one point I didn’t know where to buy the tapioca pearls or bubble tea pearls as some will call them, but I am glad I finally found some at a local Asian grocery store. They also happened to carry bubble tea straws too! At first, my mom suggested that I try to make my own, but I had no idea how to make tapioca pearls and was not about to try. Nowadays, they can be purchased from some grocery stores and online.  There are so many versions of them, from the traditional caramel colored tapioca pearls to colorful fruit flavored tapioca pearls. I keep it simply by always using the caramel colored ones and have yet to try the fruit flavored ones.

My sister used to always ask me how to make bubble tea and sometimes would even ask me to put together bubble tea kits for her friends.  There are so many bubble tea flavors which makes it difficult to choose which one to include in the kits.  My sister’s favorite is taro bubble tea so I usually keep that flavor on hand for when she comes to visit or for making bubble tea kits. My personal favorite is strawberry bubble tea, because I love strawberries!  The bubble tea kits would generally include, bubble tea straws, green tea bags, black tea bags, fruit syrup or bubble tea powder, brown sugar, tapioca pearls and instructions on how to make bubble tea. Therefore, many of her friends were able to enjoy this famous bubble drink at home too!

It is quite easy to make bubble tea if you have all of the ingredients and bubble tea straws (if you are adding tapioca pearls to yours). Other than the tapioca pearls, most of the ingredients are quite simple and you may even already have them right in your own kitchen. The bubble tea powder or fruit syrup may be a bit tricky to find, and that is why I sometimes use plain old fruit jam to flavor my bubble tea.

For each cup of bubble tea, you will need:

1 tea bag (green tea or black tea)

1.5 to 2 tbsp. of tapioca pearls (large ones, not the tiny ones)

1 tbsp. brown sugar

2 to 3 tbsp. of flavored bubble tea powder OR 1 heaping tbsp. of fruit jam OR 2 to 3 tbsp. of fruit syrup

To make bubble tea:

Make the green tea or black tea and allow it to cool (this can be done while the bubbles are boiling or ahead of time if possible)  I just make one cup per cup of bubble tea that I plan on making.        

Boil 1.5 to 2 tbsp. of bubbles (a.k.a. tapioca pearls) per cup of tea. Boil on medium heat for 20-25 minutes unless you are using 5 minute bubbles 

Drain and rinse cooked tapioca with cold water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Place cooked pearls back into the pot they were boiled in and add 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar per cup of tea

Stir until sugar is dissolved                             

Place one serving of the tapioca pearl and brown sugar mix with 2 to 3 tbsp of flavored powder OR 1 heaping tbsp. of fruit jam OR 2 to 3 tbsp. of fruit syrup, 1 cup of tea and ice into a martini shaker and shake it until mixed.  Strain into a cup and add a bubble tea straw, Enjoy!

*If I am using fruit syrup instead of the flavored powder, I generally just put everything into a cup and stir until it is completely mixed.

**If I am using jam instead of flavored powder, I stir it into the tea while it is warm so it will dissolve more easily.

I hope you enjoy this bubble tea recipe as much as I do! If you happen to try it out, please feel free to leave a comment to let me know whether or not it was enjoyable. I would love to hear from you!

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8 comments… add one
  • jollyjilly Jun 6, 2011

    hi Im a new follower from the uk and found your blog via the blog hop
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  • Jackie Jun 6, 2011

    I must say I have never heard of Bubble Tea, but you have piqued my interest. I have no idea what a tapioca pearl is either. I have some googling to do, that’s for sure. I do enjoy tea; peach is my favorite. I also love the idea of making Bubble Tea kits for friends. Well, I have something new to do this week–maybe this should be added to my bucket list. LOL

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  • Melissa Jun 9, 2011

    Stopping by from the Alexa hop. I had no idea what bubble tea was. This is going in my favorites, because I am intrigued. Have a good day!

  • Meryl Jun 9, 2011

    I never heard of bubble tea.. and I LOVE tea. This sounds so cool I can’t wait to try it. It also looks like you have so many other great ideas. After posting this I will click to follow for more great ideas. Thanks.

  • Jane Jun 11, 2011

    I have seen bubble tea, but never tried it. I think that’s mainly because I don’t really know what it is. Your post has encouraged me to try it next time I see it, I will do some googling first though.

  • Camden Jun 11, 2011

    I first heard about bubble tea in Vancouver last year. It was all the rage, so my kids and I had to try it. We’re just now starting to see it in Denver, but it’s not easy to find. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    Stopping by from 2 for Tuesday!

  • Belle May 30, 2012

    Yummy! I’d love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=4459 Thanks!

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