If you want a treat that both quench your thirst, bubble tea is the way to go.
We'll go through a variety of bubble tea tastes for you today, so you'll have plenty to select from.
Are you thirsty yet? Me too! So, let's get started!
What exactly is Bubble Tea (Boba)?
Bubble tea (boba milk tea) is a cold drink made with sweetened milk, tea, and chewy tapioca pearls, also known as boba, that is served over ice. It first appeared in Taiwan in the 1980s. Its popularity has expanded over the years to neighboring Asian countries, and now almost globally.
In Asia, the drink is known as milk tea rather than bubble tea or boba.
I'm not sure when the bubble tea craze started in this town. All I know is that I was hooked from the first sip!
Aside from the milk-and-tea combination, what makes boba so delicious are the tapioca pearls.
They're a fantastic addition to the sweet refreshment, being perfectly soft and chewy.
Fortunately, both the drink and the tapioca pearls are simple to make at home!
How to prepare Bubble Tea?
To make the base, simply blend any type of milk and tea. That's it; you're halfway through.
You may create the pearls from scratch or use one of the boba tea kits available in grocery stores and online.
Then simply layer everything in a large glass over ice and serve!
Don't worry, you don't have to do it all by yourself. Allow this collection of bubble tea recipes to serve as your guide!
1. Traditional Bubble Tea
Traditional bubble tea is made out of simply four ingredients: milk, tea, boba, and a sweetener.
To say it's simple to make would be an understatement!
There is no special tea required to make milk tea. However, because it will be diluted with water and ice cubes, you should select a tea with a strong flavor.
However, jasmine and black tea work very well here.
I strongly advise you to use whole milk because it contains the majority of the flavor.
You can use either granulated sugar or honey as a sweetener. Just make sure you mix it with hot tea so it dissolves easily.
2. Mango Bubble Tea
This mango bubble tea is the perfect tropical beverage!
This bubble tea is a wonderful combination of mango juice, green tea, milk, sugar, and boba.
It's deliciously sweet and creamy, with a nutty bitterness from the green tea. It's so refreshing that you'll want another glass.
What's the best part? This bubble tea tastes exactly as wonderful as the ones from boba restaurants but is far less expensive.
3. Taro Milk Tea
Did you know taro can be used to make drinks? I didn't either.
In fact, I was taken aback the first time I saw taro bubble tea on a boba shop's menu.
As a fan of the odd, I had to give it a shot. It has now become my personal favorite boba!
First and foremost, the color is stunning. Its beautiful pastel purple color makes it even more appealing.
The flavor also outperforms expectations.
It's delicious and has a fantastically thick consistency. And it's all owing to taro root purée.
4. Thai Bubble Tea
If you prefer boba with strong flavors, try this fantastic Thai bubble tea recipe.
Thai bubble tea is noted for its deep nutty and flowery flavor, in addition to its trademark reddish tint.
Thai tea is one of the strong teas available, infused with star anise and cloves.
Thai tea, when combined with milk and tapioca pearls, produces a deliciously creamy and aromatic drink.
You can sweeten this bubble tea with granulated sugar, but I recommend sweetened condensed milk.
It's a traditional Thai ingredient that adds a terrific richness to the dish.
5. Cookies and Cream Bubble Tea
This bubble tea, like the tiger boba above, does not include tea. It's just ice cream with cookies and cream, milk, and fried tapioca pearls.
Think about how thick and creamy this boba is! Of course, you can modify the thickness by adding more milk.
You can also add tea to the mix if you want to stay true to the spirit of bubble tea.
I haven't tried it yet, but I believe it will work. Please let me know how it goes!
6. Honeydew Bubble Tea
The lovely pastel green should entice you to try this bubble tea recipe!
It's no surprise that this boba tea is delicious, as it's flavored with sweet and juicy honeydew.
Green tea is used in this recipe to give depth of flavor.
Make sure to remove all of the seeds from the honeydew! Nobody wants to eat a bitter seed.
7. Lychee Boba
Lychee, if you're unfamiliar, is a little round fruit from China with scaly red skin.
It can be consumed on its own, but it is also frequently used to flavor Asian pastries and beverages. It only takes a drink of this boba to understand why.
This boba has a great sweet and floral flavor thanks to the lychee.
Muscovado sugar adds another layer of sweetness to the boba, making it even more delectable.
Lychee is difficult to get in this area, but don't worry, you don't need the actual fruit to make this boba. You only need store-bought lychee powder to get started.
8. Strawberry Milk Tea
This boba tastes like a strawberry milkshake mixed with bubble tea. It's a tasty mash-up that will make your taste buds sing.
Green tea, milk, strawberry syrup, and tapioca balls are combined in this delectable beverage.
This summer refreshment is a well-balanced blend of bittersweet tea, creamy milk, and sweet-tart strawberry.
Because of the strawberry syrup, this drink is sweet, but the green tea helps to balance it out.
And there's no need to create your own tapioca balls here! Simply buy dry tapioca from the grocery store and soften it in boiling water.
9. Chai Boba Tea
If your favorite Starbucks beverage is a chai tea latte, you'll love this chai boba tea.
Both are essentially the same: chai tea, milk, and sugar. The only distinction is the boba!
Who doesn't enjoy those crunchy pearls?
Another distinction is that this boba tea is sweetened with honey for a more robust flavor. It's additionally fortified with coconut milk rather than ordinary milk.
You'll enjoy how the nuttiness of the milk blends with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of the chai. They complement each other beautifully without dominating each other.
10. Brown Sugar Milk Tea
Another famous boba taste that never disappoints is brown sugar milk tea. After all, how can you go wrong with brown sugar-sweetened milk tea?
To be clear, brown sugar tea contains no tea. It's simply milk, sugar, and boba.
Aside from sweetness, brown sugar gives the beverage a deep caramelized flavor.
To add taste, brown sugar is also mixed into the pearls at the bottom.
The glass is then turned sideways, resulting in brown sugar stripes on the sides. This is why this drink is also known as tiger boba!