Lavender Bubble Tea

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A floral drink with black tea and boba, lavender bubble tea is a refreshing beverage that’s easy to make at home.

Lavender Bubble Tea in clear glass with wide straw.

What Is Lavender Bubble Tea?

Lavender bubble tea is an iced milk tea with boba.

Dried lavender, the main ingredient in lavender tea, typically comes from English or French species of the plant.

Make sure to get food-safe lavender when using it in drinks and not the ones at plant stores, which contain pesticides.

The tapioca balls (boba) at the bottom of the glass make this drink a bubble tea. Otherwise, it’d simply be a lavender iced milk tea.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This lavender bubble tea is made with black tea, dried lavender, milk, sugar, tapioca balls, and ice.
  • It’s a caffeinated tea since it’s made with black tea.
  • Store-bought tapioca balls is key to making bubble tea at home. They’re packaged dry, but soften to chewy pearls in a few minutes when cooked in boiling water.

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Ingredient Notes

Lavender Bubble Tea  ingredients measured in cups and labeled on a table.
  • Black Tea
    Any black tea can be used and this drink was made with English Breakfast tea, which is a blend of black teas.
  • Dried lavender
    Use food-grade dried lavender.
  • Tapioca balls
    Store-bought tapioca balls is the way to go with making bubble tea at home in minutes.
  • Sugar
    Granulated white sugar adds a sweetness that doesn’t overpower the lavender.
  • Milk
    Whole milk makes a creamier drink, but you can also use plant-based options such as oat milk or almond milk.
  • Water
    Use filtered water for a better tasting bubble tea.
  • Ice
    Make ice from filtered water if possible.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

First two steps to make Lavender Bubble Tea.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Steep dried lavender and tea in hot water.
    Strain out lavender and tea bag, stir in sugar, and let cool.
  2. Cook tapioca balls.
    Follow directions on package but all that’s involved is boiling tapioca balls in water for a few minutes.
Final steps to make Lavender Bubble Tea.
  1. Put tapioca balls into a cup.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour in lavender tea.
  4. Top with milk.
    Serve immediately. Stir before drinking and use an extra wide straw.

Recipe Notes

Use tea bags instead of loose tea.
Since this drink contains sugar and milk, you don’t need to use more expensive loose tea and tea sachets. The subtle differences you find with high quality tea will be lost in the drink.

Boba should not be made ahead of time.
Cook the tapioca balls right before you make the drink as boba quickly starts to harden as they cool.

Warm tapioca balls will be soft and perfectly chewy.
For the ideal boba texture, serve tapioca balls when they’re very warm. Just make sure they’re not too hot or they’ll burn your mouth!

Milk being poured into Lavender Bubble Tea in clear glass.

Expert Tips

  • The dried lavender and black tea can be steeped and made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Hold off on adding the sugar and milk until you’re ready to make the bubble tea.
  • This drink is most delicious when the boba is still nice and warm.
  • Top this bubble tea with lavender cold foam for an extra decadent drink.
  • Always serve bubble tea with a wide straw. It allows you to sip the tea and get a few tapioca balls each time.
  • Make sure to chew the tapioca balls instead of swallowing them whole.
  • Make lavender syrup with dried lavender.

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Questions You May Have

What does lavender bubble tea taste like?

It tastes like a sweet, creamy black tea with floral notes from the lavender.

Does this drink contain caffeine?

Yes. There is black tea in this drink so it does have caffeine.

Can lavender make you sleepy?

Lavender is known for having calming properties that promote relaxation and improve sleep, but since this bubble tea contains caffeine, it’s unlikely make you sleepy.

Lavender Bubble Tea in clear glass with wide straw.

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Lavender Bubble Tea

Author: Jee Choe
This floral bubble milk tea gets its lovely flavor from black tea that's steeped with dried lavender. Learn how you can make it easily at home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Tea Recipes
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Iced Lavender Milk Tea

  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ cup ice
  • cup milk

Tapioca Balls

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE TEA

  • Steep dried lavender buds and tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes.
    Set the temperature to 195°F if you're using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Use filtered water if possible.
  • Strain the lavender and discard tea bag. Stir in sugar.
    Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

COOK TAPIOCA BALLS

  • Boil ¾ cup of water in a saucepan 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.
    Turn off heat and cool slightly, until tapioca balls are quite warm, but aren't too hot to eat.
    (Follow directions on your tapioca ball packaging if you're using a different brand than the one I’m using.)
  • Drain tapioca balls.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Put warm tapioca balls into a cup. Add ice, cooled down tea, and milk.
    Serve immediately and stir before drinking. Use an extra wide straw to drink.

NOTES

  • Any black tea can be used and this drink was made with English Breakfast tea, which is a blend of black teas.
  • Whole milk makes a creamier drink, but you can also use plant-based options such as oat milk or almond milk.
  • Use tea bags instead of loose tea. Since this drink contains sugar and milk, you don’t need to use more expensive loose tea and tea sachets. The subtle differences you find with high quality tea will be lost in the drink.
  • Cook the tapioca balls right before you make the drink as boba quickly starts to harden as they cool.
  • For the ideal boba texture, serve tapioca balls when they’re very warm. Just make sure they’re not too hot or they’ll burn your mouth!
  • The dried lavender and black tea can be steeped and made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Hold off on adding the sugar and milk until you’re ready to make the bubble tea.
  • This drink is most delicious when the boba is still nice and warm.
  • Top this bubble tea with lavender cold foam for an extra decadent drink.
  • Always serve bubble tea with a wide straw. It allows you to sip the tea and get a few tapioca balls each time.
  • Make sure to chew the tapioca balls instead of swallowing them whole.

NUTRITION

Calories: 326 | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg
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