Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea

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Make this delicious and refreshing layered iced matcha drink at home! A Boba Guys copycat recipe, get step-by-step instructions and tips on how to make it quick and easy.

Strawberry Matcha Bubble Tea in a clear glass so you can see the layers of the drink.

Recipe Highlights

  • Strawberry matcha latte bubble tea is a popular iced milk tea at Boba Guys, my favorite bubble tea shop. It’s a layered drink with tapioca balls in strawberry puree at the bottom, milk, then a top layer of matcha.
  • Strawberries and matcha are delicious together, so if you love iced matcha lattes, you’ll love this refreshing drink.
  • No need for matcha whisks, all you need to make the iced matcha is a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid.
  • Boba is super easy to make at home using store-bought dried tapioca balls.

RELATED: Matcha Bubble Tea

Ingredient Notes

Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea ingredients on a table, labeled in measuring cups and small bowls.
  • Matcha
    There are different grades of matcha and the brighter the green, the better the quality. In order to get that nice green color without spending too much, get matcha in the $30 range.
  • Tapioca balls
    Sold dry, they only need to be cooked in water to plump them up.
  • Strawberry syrup
    Use store-bought or homemade strawberry syrup to give the drink its bright and perfectly sweet berry flavor.
  • Milk
    You can use any milk you prefer but I like it with oat milk.
  • Water
    If you can, use filtered water for a better tasting drink.
  • Ice
    It’s a good idea to make ice using filtered water too.
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The tapioca balls I use to make bubble tea at home.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea first 2 steps of the recipe instructions.

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

  1. Cook tapioca balls.
    Follow directions on package but all that’s involved is boiling tapioca balls in water for a few minutes.
  2. Combine matcha and water in a cocktail shaker. Shake.
Strawberry Matcha Bubble Tea last 4 steps of the recipe instructions.
  1. Put tapioca balls into a cup and add strawberry syrup.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Pour in milk.
    Pour in milk slowly to keep the layers in place.
  4. Top with matcha.
    Serve immediately. Stir before drinking.
My Cocktail Shaker Pick

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I've gone through a lot of clear cocktail shakers and this one is holding up the best.
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RELATED: Taro Milk Tea

Expert Tips

  • The trick to creating layers in drinks is by adding drink components into the cup from most sweet to the least sweet. The strawberry syrup is the sweetest so that goes in first, on the bottom, followed by the milk which has some natural sweetness, then the matcha which is not sweet.
  • Pouring ingredients onto the ice slowly will help keep the layers separated as you make the drink.
  • The key to making the best bubble tea is to assemble and serve the drink while the tapioca balls are still warm. Let the tapioca balls cool just a bit after cooking them so that they’re quite warm but won’t burn your mouth.
  • Shaking the matcha and cold water in a cocktail shaker (or a wide mouth jar with tight fitting lid) is the easiest way to make iced matcha.
  • Homemade strawberry syrup should be made ahead of time and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • This recipe makes a 16 ounces (2 cups) drink so have a big enough glass to make the drink.
  • Use a wide straw to drink bubble tea so that you’ll get a few tapioca balls with every sip. Make sure to chew the tapioca balls.
Pouring matcha into a cup to make a layered Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea.

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?

Yes, there is caffeine in this drink because there is caffeine in matcha.

Can the boba be made ahead of time?

Tapioca balls start to harden within 4 hours of cooking them so they can’t be made ahead of time.

What can I use if I don’t have a cocktail shaker?

To properly mix the matcha with water without having to use a matcha whisk, shaking them vigorously in a cocktail shaker works best. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a jar with a tight lid will work just as well. Make sure the lid is on snug so it doesn’t leak when you start shaking!

Strawberry Matcha Bubble Tea layered in a clear glass with a wide bubble tea straw.

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Strawberry Matcha Latte Bubble Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Make this delicious and refreshing layered iced matcha drink at home!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

Tapioca Balls

Strawberry Matcha Latte

INSTRUCTIONS
 

COOK TAPIOCA BALLS

  • Boil tapioca balls in 2 cups of water.
    Boil water in a saucepan on the stovetop then add tapioca balls. Cook on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
    (Follow directions on your tapioca ball packaging if you're using a different brand than the one I’m using.)
  • Drain tapioca balls.
    Cool slightly, until tapioca balls aren't too hot to eat. They should still be quite warm.

MAKE MATCHA

  • Combine ¼ cup water and matcha in a cocktail shaker. Vigorously shake 30 times.
    Mak sure to add the water in first.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Put warm tapioca balls into a cup and add strawberry syrup. Add ice, milk, then matcha.
    Pour liquid into the drink directly onto the ice to help keep the layers separated.
    Serve immediately and stir before drinking. Use a wide straw to drink.

NOTES

  • There are different grades of matcha and the brighter the green, the better the quality. In order to get that nice green color without spending too much, get matcha in the $30 range.
  • You can use any milk you prefer but I like it with oat milk.
  • The trick to creating layers in drinks is by adding drink components into the cup from most sweet to the least sweet. The strawberry syrup is the sweetest so that goes in first, on the bottom, followed by the milk which has some natural sweetness, then the matcha which is not sweet.
  • Pouring ingredients onto the ice slowly will help keep the layers separated as you make the drink.
  • The key to making the best bubble tea is to assemble and serve the drink while the tapioca balls are still warm. Let the tapioca balls cool just a bit after cooking them so that they’re quite warm but won’t burn your mouth.
  • Shaking the matcha and cold water in a cocktail shaker (or a wide mouth jar with tight fitting lid) is the easiest way to make iced matcha.
  • Homemade strawberry syrup should be made ahead of time and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • This recipe makes a 16 ounces (2 cups) drink so have a big enough glass to make the drink.
  • Use a wide straw to drink bubble tea so that you’ll get a few tapioca balls with every sip. Make sure to chew the tapioca balls.

NUTRITION

Calories: 270 | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 696IU | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 2mg
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