Easy Boba Milk Tea Recipe

Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Add'l 10 mins
Total 30 mins
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Make delicious Homemade Boba Milk Tea! No more running to the tea shop every time you get a craving, you can now make it easily at home!

Boba Tea Recipe

This easy homemade boba tea is a cool and refreshing pick-me-up perfect for lazy afternoons and hot summer days. The tapioca pearls at the bottom of the glass are oddly satisfying to eat in between sips! If you’ve never had boba tea, trust me, you have to try it!

Boba Tea is a creamy milk and tea-based drink with chewy tapioca pearls floating at the bottom of the glass like a delicious added snack! The tapioca pearls can be called many things: boba, bubbles, pearls and tapioca balls. 

A boba tea habit, like Starbucks, can get expensive! So read on below how to make it at home!

Ingredients for homemade boba tea.

Boba Tea Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients and you may already have a couple on hand!

  • Black Tea
  • Quick Cooking Tapioca Pearls
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Half & half or whole milk
  • Granulated Sugar

Tools You’ll Need

You will need a couple of tools:

  • extra thick boba straws: in the photos, I am using these big straws (affiliate link).  (You can also use spoons to scoop the boba out of the bottom of the glass.)
  • large glasses for serving
Black tea being poured for Bubble Tea

What Kind of Tea Can I Use?

You will want to use a strong flavored black tea such as Earl Gray Tea for the most classic flavor. You will need a tea that can stand up to the cream and still have flavor. You can also use a more uniquely flavored tea to keep your tea fresh and unique. Below are some fun flavored strong teas you can try:

  • Oolong Tea
  • Jasmine Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Thai Tea
  • Chai Tea
Boba Tea with milk being poured into the glass.

What Kind of Milk is Best?

Often, store bought tea will be made with a non-dairy creamer (think coffee creamer!). I personally like a real cream or milk, but if you are looking for a copycat recipe, like the Boba shop down the street, try non-dairy creamer

In this recipe, I suggested you use whole milk or half and half. These are two common milk products you are likely to have at home already, but you can use any type of milk you have at home and personally enjoy!

Homemade boba tea with a black straw.

Making boba tea at home takes a few steps and a little planning ahead, but it’s easy enough to do. You can make the black tea itself ahead of time and have it in the fridge ready to go at any time.

Then, when you are ready to serve your tea, you just need to make your tapioca pearls (boba does not keep well – boba needs to be made fresh each time!) and add your milk and your dessert in a glass is served!

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7 Responses
  1. TONYA

    Just bought some tapioca after seeing your post. I was introduced to it over 15 years ago when I visited a friend in college. I really enjoyed it,but havent had it since. Can’t wait to try it again! Thanks!

  2. Jacque Hastert

    This tea sounds refreshing and tasty! I honestly have never heard of this before and now I can’t wait to try it.


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