Jasmine Bubble Tea (Jasmine Boba Milk Tea)

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See how easy it is to make jasmine green milk tea, including the tapioca balls (boba), at home. Plus, get my secret to making the best bubble tea!

Jasmine Green Bubble Tea in a clear glass with a wide straw.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Jasmine bubble tea is a green tea drink with tapioca balls, milk, and sugar. This drink is also called jasmine milk tea or jasmine green bubble tea.
  • If you can boil water, you can make this! The “hardest” part of this recipe is cooking the store-bought tapioca balls in water for a few minutes until they are nice and chewy.
  • The secret to making amazing bubble tea is using warm tapioca balls.
  • Jasmine bubble tea has a light floral taste. Jasmine green tea is a scented tea usually made by combining jasmine petals with green tea leaves.

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What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea is an iced drink that was created in Taiwan in the 1980s. The most basic recipe is tea, milk, sugar, and tapioca balls.

The tapioca balls, which are known as boba, are why the drink is called bubble tea.

Any kind of tea can be used to make bubble tea but black tea is the most popular.

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Ingredient Notes

Jasmine Green Bubble Tea ingredients in measuring cups and bowls.
  • Jasmine green tea: Jasmine tea gives the drink a light floral scent and flavor. Tea sachets were used, but you can also use loose tea or tea bags.
  • Tapioca balls: They’re sold dried so you just need to cook them to make them plump and soft.
  • Sugar: Granulated white sugar was used but you can use any kind of sugar you have.
  • Whole milk: Any kind of milk can be used, but whole milk will make the drink creamier.
  • Water: Use filtered water if possible for a better tasting bubble tea.
  • Ice: Make ice using filtered water if you can.

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

Tea steeping in a tea pot.

Step 1: Steep tea in hot water.

Discard tea sachets. Stir sugar into the hot tea, and set aside to cool.

Tapioca balls in a sauce pot.

Step 2: Make tapioca balls. Follow directions on package but all that’s involved is cooking tapioca balls in hot water for a few minutes.

Assembling jasmine tea in a glass.

Step 3: Put tapioca balls into a cup. Add ice, tea, and milk. Assemble drink starting with the tapioca balls. Use an extra wide straw to drink.

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Expert Tips

  • The jasmine green tea can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Bubble tea is best when it’s made and served immediately when the tapioca balls are still quite warm. Once the tapioca balls start to cool down, they’ll harden.
  • Assemble the drink in the cup while the tapioca balls are still warm but not too hot that you’ll burn your mouth.
  • If you prefer weaker tea, use 1 tea sachet instead of two.
  • Bubble tea is served with a big straw so that each sip you’ll get tapioca balls and the tea.

Questions You May Have

What does jasmine tea taste like?

Jasmine adds a fresh and lightly floral taste and adds a touch of sweetness to the green tea.

Is there caffeine in this drink?

There is caffeine in green tea, so there is caffeine in this drink.

How long will tapioca balls last?

Making your own tapioca balls for a bubble tea recipe is all about the timing. They will taste best, and have the ideal texture, if you make them just before assembling the drink, while the tapioca balls are still warm. After 4 hours, they’ll start to harden.

Jasmine Green Bubble Tea in a large clear glass.

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Jasmine Bubble Tea (Jasmine Boba Milk Tea)

By: Jee Choe
Easily prepare this jasmine bubble tea at home in less time than you might think!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Jasmine Green Milk Tea

Tapioca Balls

Instructions 

MAKE TEA

  • Boil 1 cup of water.
    If using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set the water to 175°F. Use filtered water if possible.
  • Steep tea sachets in hot water for 4 minutes.
  • Discard tea sachets and stir in sugar. Let tea cool.

MAKE TAPIOCA BALLS

  • Boil water and add tapioca balls.
    Boil water in a saucepan on the stovetop then add tapioca balls. Cook on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Tapioca balls should be soft all the way through.
    (Follow directions on your tapioca ball packaging if you're using a different brand than the one I’m using.)
  • Strain tapioca balls.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Put tapioca balls into a cup. Add ice, tea, and milk.
    Use an extra wide straw to drink.

Notes

  • The jasmine green tea can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Bubble tea is best when it’s made and served immediately when the tapioca balls are still quite warm. Once the tapioca balls start to cool down, they’ll harden.
  • Assemble the drink in the cup while the tapioca balls are still warm but not too hot that you’ll burn your mouth.
  • If you prefer weaker tea, use 1 tea sachet instead of two.
  • Bubble tea is served with a wide straw so that each sip you’ll get tapioca balls and the tea.

Nutrition

Calories: 279Carbohydrates: 62gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 132IUCalcium: 128mgIron: 1mg

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

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