Basic Bubble Tea

"Took me a week of testing this bubble tea recipe until I got it just right. Tapioca balls, dark brown sugar, black tea, and a lovely cream froth all come together to make this decadent bubble tea."
-- @ohhowcivilized
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  • Recipe Card
Prep time 5mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 2

Recipe Card

For the Milk Tea


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 6 teaspoons black tea

For the Dark Brown Simple Syrup


  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Tapioca Balls


  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup tapioca balls

For the Cream Froth


  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Ice


  • Step 1

    Make tea: Steep tea in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove tea leaves. Set aside to cool.

  • Step 2

    Make dark brown simple syrup: Combine hot water and dark brown sugar in a glass and stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Make tapioca balls: Boil water and add in tapioca balls and wait for balls to float on surface of the water. Once tapioca balls start to float, cover the pot and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let it sit in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain out water and pour in dark brown simple syrup and let it sit for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Make cream froth: Lightly whip heavy cream and sugar until slightly thickened. Should take no more than 10 seconds using a handheld mil frother.

  • Step 5

    Assemble drink: Divide each component into two cups. Layer the bottom of cup with tapioca balls and dark brown simple syrup. Add ice then pour in the tea. Top with cream froth. Stir together before drinking.

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