Whether you serve this easy Blueberry Bubble Milk Tea hot or iced cold, it is fruity, creamy and absolutely delicious with only three ingredients!
Do you call it Bubble Tea or Boba Tea? They are synonymous terms that describe the exact same thing, but both are used interchangeably and it doesn’t just seem to be regional. I know at times I have used both terms.
I crave Bubble tea all year round. Whether it’s hot outside and I want an iced cold bubble tea to cool down, or whether it’s freezing out with snow on the ground, and I want a piping hot mugful of boba tea. This Blueberry Bubble Tea works for either, and is absolutely delicious!
Why You’ll Love Blueberry Bubble Milk Tea
Tips & Tricks to Make the Best Boba Tea
We worked closely with a local bubble tea shop to figure out why restaurant drinks taste better than the ones we sometimes make at home. Here are a few tips we learned along the way to accomplish the best Bubble Tea at home in your own kitchen.
DO NOT brew your tea too long. A tea bag or tea leaves should steep for absolute no more than 5 minutes. The longer you brew your tea the more bitter it will get which will change everything about the boba drink.
DO use more than one tea bag or more than one teaspoon of tea leaves to get a stronger brew. This is the way to get the best flavor especially if you’re going for a full flavored Boba tea.
DO use whole milk. And if you cannot tolerate whole milk, do your best to find a close substitution. Yes, Almond milk, Coconut milk, etc. have equal substitutions. It is believed that the butterfat content in the milk is what provides the best more robust creamy and sweetest flavor in a bubble tea. If you don’t believe me, try them side by side (one with milk, one with half and half and one with heavy cream with ALL other ingredients EXACTLY the same). Which one tastes best?
DO NOT use heavy cream or half and half. Obviously if it’s all you have, use it. I use half and half and heavy cream occasionally if I am out of milk or I am waiting on a delivery. But for the best results, it isn’t suggested.
DO use something to sweeten the drink. The best sweetener for bubble tea is either cane sugar or a simple sugar syrup. If I don’t make up my own batch of simple sugar syrup, I always have this Torani Cane Sugar Syrup on hand for my tea and coffee drinks at home. (Note: This amazon link is for 4 bottles. I purchase it this way because it is only $4 more than the single bottle of the same size. It lasts a long while and you can use it to sweeten any beverage at all amongst other uses.)
Items to make Bubble Tea
We tested several variations of each item and these got the top ratings!
- Tapioca Pearls (these are our favorite and we always have them on hand!)
- Boba Straw (sold with the tapioca pearls above, we love buying this set!)
- Tea bags or loose leaf tea and a tea strainer.
- Hot water or what we use, an electric kettle(we use this thing daily for SO much!) and a glass or mug.
- Milk – whole milk is best but if you’re like me, you need a lactose free milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.
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Easy Blueberry Bubble Milk Tea
- 4 bags blueberry tea this is our absolute favorite, though any will do
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cups whole milk adjust according to taste
- ½ cups tapioca pearls prepared
- If your boba (tapioca pearls) aren't already prepared, begin by preparing the boba according to package directions.
- In two large glass mugs, place two tea bags per mug and slowly pour one cup of boiling water into each mug. Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Do not go over 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and discard.
- If serving hot, spoon the prepared tapioca pearls into each mug and simply warm your milk in the microwave for approximately 45 seconds. Divide the milk evenly into each mug.
- If serving cold, allow the tea to cool for at least 10-15 minutes (We usually refrigerate it for up to an hour before hand because we usually steep extra for later so it's always available). In the bottom of two bubble tea glasses spoon the prepared tapioca pearls divided. Add plenty of ice to each glass and pour the cooled tea over the top. If the ice melts quickly you may need to add a little more. Next divide the milk between each glass and add more if desired.
- Serve with or without a boba straw.