10+ Easy Bubble Tea (Boba Milk Tea) Recipes

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Refreshing, perfectly sweet, and so delicious, bubble tea is the perfect drink any day of the year. Skip a trip to the bubble tea shop and make these surprisingly easy boba milk tea recipes at home!

6 photos of 6 different bubble tea drinks.

Homemade Bubble Tea

From the classic made with black tea to layered with matcha and strawberry, bubble tea can easily be made at home!

The trick is to use store-bought tapioca balls (also known as boba) which are sold dried. All you need to do is boil water and cook them for a few minutes to plump them up. Yup, it’s that easy.

My secret to the best bubble tea is making the drink with warm tapioca balls, giving boba the perfect soft and chewy texture.

I learned this trick on a trip to South Korea where all bubble tea was served with very warm (almost hot) tapioca balls and it was amazingly good. And now, this is how I make all my bubble tea.

A lot of bubble tea shops use powdered tea and powdered milk, which doesn’t taste as fresh and delicious as using brewed tea and fresh milk products.

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea is an iced drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. Over the years, it gained popularity in the United States.

Bubble tea is also called boba, boba milk tea, and milk tea. The basic ingredients are tea, milk, ice, sugar, and tapioca balls. It’s not bubble tea without the tapioca balls.

What are Tapioca Balls?

Tapioca balls are made from tapioca starch taken from the cassava root. When cooked, they’re soft and chewy, almost like mochi.

The drink is served with a wide straw so that a few tapioca balls can be sipped with the tea. The tapioca balls should be chewed, not swallowed whole.

Boba Milk Tea Tips

  • Don’t use the highest quality tea for making bubble tea. Because the drink is made with sugar and milk, there’s no need to use the best quality tea.
  • Make the drink with warm tapioca balls. They should be quite warm, just not too hot that you’ll burn your mouth.
  • Half & half and whole milk will create a creamier bubble tea but you can use any kind of milk you like, including plant-based like oat milk.

Easy and Delicious Bubble Tea Recipes

Bubble Tea (Boba Milk Tea) in clear glass with wide straw.

Classic Bubble Tea

Bubble tea made with black tea, brown sugar, and milk.

Bubble Tea with Cold Foam

A decadent bubble tea with brown sugar and cold foam.

Brown Sugar Bubble Tea

Brown sugar syrup makes a classic bubble tea even better.

Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea

A layered bubble tea with strawberry syrup and matcha.

Taro Bubble Tea

A purple bubble tea drink is made with taro powder and sweetened condensed milk.

Thai Iced Tea with Boba

Chewy boba is added to a classic Thai Iced Tea. Make it delicious with my recipe.

Strawberry Bubble Tea

A refreshing and sweet strawberry and green tea drink with boba.

Jasmine Bubble Tea

Jasmine milk tea with boba makes this floral green tea so good!

Matcha Bubble Tea

A layered drink with boba, milk, and matcha.

Iced Coffee Boba

Delicious coffee made in a coffee machine with ice, brown sugar, half & half, and tapioca balls.

Iced Latte with Boba

A layered boba drink made with espresso instead of tea.

Rose Bubble Tea

A black tea with dried rose buds flavors this sweet, floral milk tea with boba. 

Lavender Bubble Tea

A floral drink with black tea and boba, lavender bubble tea is a refreshing beverage.

Oolong Bubble Tea

Replace the black tea with oolong tea to make this perfectly sweet bubble tea!

Black Sesame Bubble Tea (Black Sesame Boba Milk Tea) in a clear glass with wide straw.

Black Sesame Bubble Tea

Nutty black sesame is the star of this delicious bubble tea recipe.

Hong Kong Bubble Tea

A super caffeinated bubble tea made with black tea, sweetened condensed milk, and perfectly chewy boba.

Strawberry Butterfly Pea Flower Latte Bubble Tea

A layered red (strawberry syrup), white (milk), and blue (butterfly pea flower tea) drink with boba! 

Butterfly Pea Flower Bubble Tea

A pretty, caffeine-free blue colored bubble tea.

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in boba milk tea?

If the bubble tea is made with black, green, oolong, or white tea, then yes, there is caffeine in the drink.

Is bubble tea good for you?

Tea itself is good for you since it has antioxidants but bubble tea is made with sugar and milk, so it’s not really healthy.

Is boba the same thing as bubble tea?

Yup, bubble tea goes by a few names including boba, milk tea, boba milk tea, and pearl milk tea.


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