The Best Bubble Tea step by step Recipe

The Best Bubble Tea Recipe

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Vadim Rachok
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I am sure you have tried this popular drink – bubble tea. It is also known as boba. It is a tasty and creamy drink made of tea, milk, and tapioca pearls. Bubble tea is popular because of its interesting taste and chewy texture. Moreover, you can find this drink in different colors and flavors. 

Bubble tea, or boba, is undeniably a delightful and whimsical creation that has won hearts worldwide. This recipe beautifully captures the essence of this beloved beverage, allowing you to savor its unique taste and chewy pearls in the comfort of your home. The combination of brewed black tea, milk, and sweet pearls creates a symphony of flavors and textures that makes bubble tea a true indulgence.

The perfect news is that you can make bubble tea at home. So you can enjoy this delicious drink whenever you want. The bubble tea recipe is easy to make and requires only two simple steps.

The Best Bubble Tea Recipe

What is Bubble Tea Made Of?

  • White sugar: It sweetens the tea. You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your preferred level of sweetness.
  • Pearl tapioca: It is essential for the “bubbles” in bubble tea, it gives the tea a chewy texture and a unique flavor.
  • Brewed black tea: Tea forms the base of the tea and gives it its typical flavor. It is better to use simple black tea. 
  • Milk: You can use whole milk or half-and-half. It adds a creamy texture and richness to the tea.
  • Ice cubes: It is used to chill the tea, which makes it a refreshing and cold drink.

How to make Bubble Tea

How to Make the Best Bubble Tea?

  1. First, in a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Then, stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar until it dissolves. Toss in the pearl tapioca. Cook for about 20 minutes. Rinse, drain, and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Next, pour the tea, milk, and 4 teaspoons of sugar into a cocktail shaker. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely and the milk blends in well. Add the ice cubes, and shake, so the whole drink can get cold. Pour into a glass, and add tapioca.

Bubble Tea step by step Recipe

Recipe tips

  • Serve your boba tea with a long spoon. This will allow you to scoop out the tapioca easily.
  • Bubble tea tastes the best fresh. So drink it as soon as it is made or as soon as possible.
  • You can also make bubble tea with grin tea or matcha.

Tapioca pearls are a quite beneficial component in this drink - they contain a range of vitamins and micronutrients (zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium), as well as tapioca starch, the benefits of which are hard to overestimate, as it supports the immune system, improves the functioning of the nervous, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. However, the enormous amount of sugar in this recipe negates all potential benefits. Tapioca starch is a pure carbohydrate (albeit a beneficial one, providing the body with a lot of energy), and by adding a large amount of simple carbohydrates from sugar to it, we get a carbohydrate bomb that will cause a sharp spike in insulin. Therefore, instead of quality energy, we will only gain weight and accelerate cell aging. For a healthier alternative to this recipe, choose non-caloric sugar substitutes (erythritol, stevia). If you are lactose intolerant, you can use lactose-free or any plant-based milk (without sugar in the composition), and it will be just as delicious!

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
Nutrition Editor
Health score:
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The Best Bubble Tea Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
Bubble tea: popular yummy drink with milk, tea, and tapioca.
The Best Bubble Tea step by step Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
1 serving
The ingredients you need:
1 teaspoon white sugar
⅓ cup pearl tapioca
1 cup brewed black tea
2 tablespoons milk
4 teaspoons white sugar
1 cup ice cubes
Let’s start !

1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar until dissolved. Toss in the pearl tapioca. Cook about 20 minutes. Rinse, drain, and refrigerate until cold.


2. Pour tea, milk, and 4 teaspoons of sugar into a cocktail shaker. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, and the milk is well mixed. Add ice cubes and shake to chill the entire drink. Pour into a glass and add the tapioca.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Calories: 280
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g1%
Saturated Fat 0g2%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 20mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 68g25%
Dietary Fiber 1g2%
Total Sugars 24g 
Protein 1g 
Vitamin C 0mg1%
Calcium 46mg4%
Iron 1mg5%
Potassium 139mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra layer of indulgence, consider experimenting with different tea bases like green tea or matcha. These variations bring distinct flavor profiles to your bubble tea, offering a delightful twist to the classic recipe. Remember, the key to a perfect bubble tea lies not just in the ingredients but also in enjoying it fresh. So, embrace your creativity, explore new tea options, and relish the magical experience of homemade bubble tea!

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