Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea

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This pretty hibiscus strawberry bubble tea is sweet, tart, and fruity! Get step-by-step instructions and tips for making the best bubble tea at home.

Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea in clear glass with wide straw.

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Homeade Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea

A combination of hibiscus tea and strawberry syrup gives this bubble tea its vibrant color and flavor.

Hibiscus has a tart, floral aroma that pairs nicely with strawberries. It’s naturally caffeine-free since the tea is made from the dried plant and not actual tea leaves.

The addition of tapioca pearls (or boba) makes this drink a bubble tea.

Dried tapioca balls can be purchased online or at some Asian grocery stores. To get them nice and bouncy, all you need is to cook them in hot water.

RELATED: 10+ Easy Bubble Tea Recipes

Recipe Highlights

  • Hibiscus strawberry bubble tea is an iced drink made with dried hibiscus, strawberry syrup, tapioca balls, oat milk, ice, and water.
  • This drink is caffeine-free because hibiscus is an herbal tea, but is still known as a bubble tea since it contains boba.
  • No additional sugar is needed since the strawberry syrup is already sweetened.
  • The recipe makes a 16 ounce (2 cup) drink.

RELATED: Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea measured in bowls and cups.
  • Hibiscus tea: Loose hibiscus tea is higher quality but hibiscus tea bags also work well for this recipe.
  • Tapioca balls: Store-bought tapioca balls are the easiest way to make bubble tea at home. They get soft and bouncy once boiled in water.
  • Strawberry syrup: Store-bought or homemade strawberry syrup can be used.
  • Oat milk: Oat milk tastes the best but you can use any milk you prefer.
  • Water: For the best tasting drink, use filtered water.
  • Ice: Use filtered water for the ice if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Dried hibiscus steeping in a teapot.

Step 1: Steep dried hibiscus in hot water. Strain out hibiscus leaves and let cool.

Spooning tapioca into a sauce pan.

Step 2: Cook tapioca balls. Follow the package directions to make the tapioca balls.

Pouring strawberry syrup into a cup with tapioca balls.

Step 3: Put tapioca balls and strawberry syrup into a cup.

Ice, strawberry syrup, and tapioca balls in a cup.

Step 4: Add ice.

Pouring milk into a cup with strawberry syrup, tapioca balls, and ice.

Step 5: Pour in oat milk.

Pouring hibiscus tea into a cup with milk, strawberry syrup, tapioca balls, and ice.

Step 6: Top with hibiscus tea. Serve immediately. Stir before drinking and use an extra wide straw.

How to Drink Bubble Tea

Bubble tea is always served with a wide straw so you can get some of the tea and tapioca pearls with each sip. Be sure to chew the boba and not swallow it whole.

Recipe Notes

Only use food-grade dried hibiscus.

Dried hibiscus at plant shops may be treated with pesticides and aren’t edible.

Make sure to buy hibiscus that’s meant for eating and drinking. It will be labeled as food-grade or sold as hibiscus tea.

Serve tapioca balls while they’re still warm.

For the best texture, use boba that is still quite warm, almost hot. Allow them to cool down just a bit before eating so they don’t burn your mouth.

Make the tapioca right before you prepare the drink.

Boba starts to harden as it cools so don’t make them ahead of time. The texture won’t be as good as fresh tapioca balls.

RELATED: Strawberry Bubble Tea

Expert Tips

  • Hibiscus tea can be steeped in advanced and stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Add the strawberry syrup, milk, and tapioca pearls when ready to serve.
  • Strawberry syrup can also be made ahead of time and is good for up to 2 weeks if refrigerated in an airtight bottle.
  • In addition to this bubble tea, you can use strawberry syrup to sweeten iced tea and lemonade.
  • Dried hibiscus can also be used in a variety of ways like in a simple syrup or cold foam.
  • Always drink bubble tea with a wide straw so you get a few tapioca balls with each sip.

RELATED: Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

Questions You May Have

What does hibiscus tea taste like?

Hibiscus tea has a tart, floral flavor that’s similar to cranberry.

Does hibiscus tea go well with milk?

Yes! While you can drink hibiscus tea on its own, it also pairs nicely with something sweet and milk. The sweetness balances out the flower’s tart notes.

What’s the difference between bubble tea and boba tea?

Both bubble tea and boba tea are names for the same drink. They can be used interchangeably.

Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea
5 from 1 vote

Hibiscus Strawberry Bubble Tea

By: Jee Choe
This caffeine-free bubble tea gets its sweet and tart flavor from hibiscus tea and strawberry syrup.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Hibiscus Strawberry Milk Tea

Tapioca Balls

Instructions 

MAKE TEA

  • Put hibiscus tea and ¼ cup of hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain tea and let cool.
    Herbal teas like hibiscus can be steeped for longer without getting bitter.

COOK TAPIOCA BALLS

  • Boil water and in a saucepan. Add tapioca balls.
    Bring ¾ cup of water to a boil in a saucepan. Once you see big bubbles (2-4 minutes), add tapioca balls. Keep boiling for 8 more minutes on medium-high heat. Cool slightly, until tapioca balls aren't too hot to eat. They should still be very warm.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Put the warm tapioca balls and strawberry syrup in a cup.
  • Add the ice, follow by the oat milk.
  • Pour the tea on top.
    Serve immediately. Use an extra wide straw to drink.

Notes

  • Loose hibiscus tea is higher quality but hibiscus tea bags also work for this recipe.
  • Store-bought tapioca balls are the easiest way to make bubble tea at home. They get soft and bouncy once boiled in water.
  • Store-bought or homemade strawberry syrup can be used.
  • Oat milk tastes the best but you can use any milk you prefer.
  • For the best tasting drink, use filtered water for steeping the tea and making the ice.
  • Dried hibiscus at plant shops may be treated with pesticides and aren’t edible. Make sure to buy hibiscus that’s meant for eating and drinking. It will be labeled as food-grade or sold as hibiscus tea.
  • For the best texture, use boba that is still quite warm, almost hot. Allow them to cool down just a bit before eating so they don’t burn your mouth.
  • Boba starts to harden as it cools so don’t make them ahead of time. The texture won’t be as good as fresh tapioca balls.
  • Hibiscus tea can be steeped in advanced and stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Add the strawberry syrup, milk, and tapioca pearls when ready to serve.
  • Strawberry syrup can also be made ahead of time and is good for up to 2 weeks if refrigerated in an airtight bottle.
  • Always drink bubble tea with a wide straw so you get a few tapioca balls with each sip.

Nutrition

Calories: 524Carbohydrates: 132gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSodium: 165mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 2gSugar: 96gVitamin A: 357IUCalcium: 267mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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