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How to Make Bubble Tea (Bubble Tea Recipe)

Learn How to Make Bubble Tea with this creamy, delicious, and surprisingly simple Bubble Tea Recipe!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4 drinks
Calories: 269kcal


  • 10 black tea bags
  • 6 cups boiled water
  • 4 tablespoon granulated sugar (or your choice of sweetener) plus more as needed
  • 8.8 ounces (1 bag) quick-cooking tapioca pearls
  • whole milk or half-and-half plus more as needed


  • Prepare the tea. Bring 6 cups of water to just a boil. Immediately remove from heat and add the tea bags and sugar to the water. Stir well to combine and steep until the water reaches room temperature (see notes).
  • Prepare the Boba. Approximately 15 minutes before serving, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls (boba) and stir immediately to prevent them from sticking together. Allow them to cook for approximately 5-7 minutes (they should be floating on the top and chewy). Drain and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a clean bowl.
  • Assemble. Divide the cooked boba between four drinking glasses and top with ice. Pour approximately 1 1/2 cups of black tea into each glass and top with approximately 2-3 tablespoons of milk or half-and-half. Mix well to combine and taste for sweetness. If desired, add additional sugar or sweetener until desired sweetness is reached. Serve with large boba straws or long spoons.


  • To speed up the cooling process, simply stick your pot with the steeping tea bags in the refrigerator and allow it to chill until the desired temperature is reached.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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