DIY Bubble Milk Tea

DIY bubble boba milk tea recipe

I was first introduced to Bubble Tea back in college while exploring Philadelphia’s Chinatown and was pretty much addicted from that point on. The little tapioca pearls mixed with an already yummy drink made it the perfect little treat, and I always made it a point to grab one whenever I was around that part of the city.  But it never crossed my mind that I’d be able to make it at home

As someone who’s not particularly savvy in the kitchen, instead of breaking down the ingredients, I right off the bat assumed bubble tea would be complicated to make.  That is, until I came across a few Bubble Tea recipes online.  Soon enough, I was on Amazon ordering the tea and tapioca, and a few days later, I was experimenting with my own recipe.

I ended up going with something simple to start out – Boba Milk Tea.  It uses black tea for the base (but you can also use green, chai, earl grey, rooibos teas, flavored mixes, or even coffee), along a sweetener, milk, ice cubes, and of course, boba (aka tapioca pearls, or ‘bubbles’)!  And don’t forget the bubble tea straws, which are the perfect size for tapioca pearls.

DIY bubble boba milk tea recipe

Bubble Milk Tea Ingredients

(Makes 1 drink)

  • 3 to 4 black tea bags (depending on how strong you want your tea)
  • 1/4 cup quick-cook tapioca pearls
  • 2 TBS honey, simple scrub, agave nectar, or whichever sweetener you prefer (for soaking the tapioca pearls)
  • 1-2 TBS of sweet condensed milk, sugar, honey, agave nectar, or simple syrup (used for sweetening your drink)
  • 1/3 cup milk (soy, coconut, almond, whole, etc)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • ~10-12 ice cubes

Other:  mason jar with a screw top lid, boba straws

how to make bubble milk tea recipe and ingredients

How to Make Boba Milk Tea

Step 1: Make the tea

  1. bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil
  2. steep 3-4 black tea packs for 5 minutes
  3. remove tea bags and let the tea cool slightly (you can put it in the freezer if you’d like, until you’re ready for step 3)

Step 2: Prepare the tapioca pearls

  1. add 1/4 cup of uncooked tapioca into 3 cups boiling water
  2. cook on high until they float (should take ~30 seconds)
  3. turn to medium heat, cover, and let sit for 2 minutes
  4. turn down to low, cover, and let sit for another 2 minutes
  5. drain pearls with strainer
  6. rinse with cold tap water or put the tapioca in a bowl of ice water bath for 30 seconds
  7. put boba into small bowl with 2 TBS honey, simple syrup, or agave nectar (I use agave nectar)
  8. let sit 5-10 minutes

how to make bubble milk tea recipe and ingredients

Step 3: Put everything together!

  1. grab your tea
  2. add 1-2 TBS of your preferred sweetener (I use agave nectar)
  3. add 1/3 cup of your choice of milk
  4. add ice cubes
  5. screw the lid on your jar and shake vigorously
  6. drop in your ‘bubbles’!

If you do step 1 and 2 at the same time, the whole process takes about 15 minutes.  You can easily make this in the morning, during your lunch break, or really anytime you want a sweet, refreshing bubble tea treat! Enjoy! 🙂

DIY bubble boba milk tea recipe

DIY bubble boba milk tea recipe

Have you tried Bubble Tea?  If so, what’s your favorite bubble tea flavor?




  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    Yum! I love bubble tea but haven’t had any in a long time. I’ve never considered making it at home. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Lifestylequeenbee

    Bubble Milk Tea is my favourite! I haven’t had it since the Summer & I’ve been craving it so badly lately so looks like I’ll be making some this weekend – thanks for sharing this receipe!

  • Very clear instructions and it seems easy to make. I’ve seen these ingredients at my local Asian supermarkets so I know they’re fairly easy to find. Bookmarking this for later, it can get expensive to buy this all the time so I rather make it at home. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ooh yum! I love bubble tea!

  • Anmaria Djong

    yeah I have never though of making one myself too. And I love bubble tea as well. Thank you for sharing this.

  • I have never tried bubble milk tea. Looks and sounds delicious! I am going to make your recipe this weekend and try it out! I love the way the tapioca pearls look at the bottom of the jar!