Lately I’ve become obsessed with Boba Milk Tea. I’ve always loved it but lately there seems to be a crop of new cafes opening up and I can’t seem to get enough. When the craving hits sometimes it’s late at night when I can’t venture out to get my fix so I figured out a way to make it at home!
You can find Tapioca Black Pearls at asian markets or online. This is a great recreation of teahouse boba drinks but the key is the giant straw. You must have the giant bubble tea straws to get the full effect! I promise you these steps are worth it!
simple syrup ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups water
1/4 cup tapioca pearls
Milk Tea ingredients:
16 ounces whole milk
2 Tablespoons loose leaf tea
First make a simple syrup for the boba to ‘sit’ in. In a saucepan over high heat, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of sugar until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
To make the boba, in a pot bring 3 cups of water to a full boil. Stir the water and pour in the tapioca pearls. Boil for 10-12 minutes then take the pot off the heat. Cover with a lid and let sit for another 10-12 minutes. Drain the boba and place into the simple syrup. Set aside or keep in the fridge until ready to use.
In a pan over medium, heat the milk along with the loose tea for 15-20 minutes to infuse the full flavor. Don’t let the milk curdle or bubble over, stirring now and again.
Sieve and discard the tea leaves.
Scoop the boba (not the syrup) into a glass. Add 1/2 cup of ice, pour the milk tea over and serve!