One of my new favorite drinks has to be bubble tea. But a few months ago, I had no idea what it was or why anyone would drink it. Let me break it down for you!
Hello, friends! It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve written about food or drinks, so I figured, why not share with you my new love for bubble tea! If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know I am a little bit obsessed with tea, so it should not be a surprise that I love bubble teas as well! Bubble tea, also called Boba tea, is an interesting drink for sure. At first glance, it was definitely not something I thought I would ever try, much less even like! My sister had been telling me how good it is, and there wasn’t anywhere nearby that sold them, so I kind of pushed it aside. Until one day I was traveling and spotted a bubble tea shop. And well, the rest, as they say, is history! It comes in a variety of flavors, and you can even make it yourself in the comfort of your own home! So, let’s talk about bubble tea!
So, what is bubble tea?
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Bubble tea is actually an Asian fad that has made its way across the world. There are two main types of bubble teas: regular and milk teas. Basically, you have your green teas, and your black teas with milk. What separates these from other teas is the boba pearls. These are little balls of tapioca, which I never thought I would like since I absolutely detest tapioca pudding. But I love boba! Weird, I know. You can buy tapioca pearls at many Asian groceries or online. The tapioca balls are cooked, cooled in a simple syrup, and popped into drinks.
If you are making them yourself, the pearls will keep in the fridge for up to a week, sometimes even longer. Boba pearls come in many flavors and colors, but the typical ones are the black and rainbow tapioca flavored ones. They also make white ones in the tapioca flavor as well, but they can be harder to find, mostly online or already in drinks at cafes.
Why drink bubble tea?
So, I don’t have any like crazy health benefits to spout at you to get you to try bubble tea or anything. I honestly think it’s just yummy and wonderful. If you want health benefits, hey you’re drinking them with tea, and tea is good! I have a post about why tea is good, and I also have one about matcha you can check out. Really, the only reason I think you should try boba tea is to try something new. I never thought I would like this because the thought of chewing while drinking tea just kind of put me off. But here I am, telling you how awesome bubble tea is. Slurping up the boba was not really all that weird after the first couple of sips, honest. It was kind of fun! So yeah, that’s why you should try boba pearl tea. It’s fun!
How can you make bubble tea at home?
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Making bubble tea at home is actually pretty simple. First, go find some boba. You can go with the traditional black tapioca pearls, or the rainbow (which I just love) or even one of the flavored ones. Order online if need be; I got all of mine on Amazon. Follow the cooking instructions for your particular boba. Be careful not to overcook them or they can get very gummy. Brew yourself a nice pot of tea. Make it strong so you can add lots of ice. Grab a glass, put a few spoonfuls of boba at the bottom, and add ice. Pour your tea in. And you have a nice glass of boba bubble tea!
If you want milk tea, you can add milk instead of ice, but you might need a few ice cubes to cool off the tea. If you want to use matcha instead (which I totally suggest you try at one point) mix your matcha up with milk, and pour over the pearls. Then, slurp up your boba! You are going to need thicker straws for this. I suggest these because I love stainless steel ones, but as long as your straws are about a half inch in diameter, they should work. Those boba balls will help fill you up too, so remember that when you go for a second glass!
What are some other ways to use boba?
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Smoothies: Remember my smoothie stacks post? Yep, this is the same smoothie. I just love it. It’s beautiful, it’s delicious, and it has boba pearls. You can find the recipe for this smoothie here. This is, of course, not the only smoothie you can make with boba. It just happens to be the prettiest boba drink I have seen, so I chose it. You can add boba to practically any smoothie you desire. I saw one that I’m going to try made with taro root (which you can get at grocers who sell traditional Asian foods and exotic fruits, veggies, and roots). But yeah. Smoothies with boba are kind of interesting and awesome. I can’t describe it. You just have to try it.
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Coffee: The first boba tea I ever tried was actually coffee bubble tea. I am a coffee junkie. I was on a long road trip and needed a good pick me up. I decided to stop by a bubble tea cafe (as per my sister’s request) and couldn’t decide on any flavor of tea. So, I ordered boba coffee. The rich cooled coffee paired with milk and boba was pretty fantastic. I keep meaning to recreate it at home, but I keep forgetting. This post definitely reminded me, and I’m going to have to make this later this week. All you need is a good cold brew coffee, some milk, and some boba. I prefer cold brew because it’s so much tastier when chilled than regular brewed coffee. Plus, it’s less acidic. A good how to on making cold brew coffee is here. I use this all the time!
Mixed Drinks: Did you know you can add boba to various mixed drinks and cocktails? Well, you do now! I saw this gin and tonic with bright green boba and I just want to say this would be a great drink for Halloween parties! You can even get different flavors and colors of boba to create the coolest bubble drink recipe for various holidays and occasions. Red, white, and blue boba for Fourth of July or Memorial Day, red and green for Christmas, pink and red for Valentine’s. I may have only mentioned the rainbow and black tapoica boba, but these are not the only flavors, or the only colors. There are literally dozens and dozens of flavors and colors. So, you can totally make the bubble drink that is right for you!
There you have it, folks! A look into what bubble tea and boba pearls are, and ways you can make them at home for any occasion! Have you had boba tea before? Which idea here is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this with your family and friends. Stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via Sprinkle with Salt