Strawberry bubble tea is an insanely delicious drink that’s super easy to make at home. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a cup at the boba shop. I highly suggest you try making it yourself at home. If you like this recipe you’ll have to check out my mango bubble tea recipe next!
What is strawberry bubble tea made of?
You may have heard bubble tea referred to as “boba tea”. It’s the same thing.
Bubble teas are drinks consisting of tea, fruit juice or milk, sweetener and tapioca pearls.
The strawberry boba tea I’m sharing today is made with fresh strawberries, brown sugar, boba pearls, black tea (optional), and milk.
Freshly picked ripe strawberries will make the best tasting tea.
Does strawberry bubble tea have caffeine?
Bubble teas usually have caffeine in them. A typical cup of strawberry bubble tea can contain 100 to 160 milligrams of caffeine.
The tea used in bubble tea is concentrated, and the most common type of tea used in shops is black tea.
The good thing about boba shops is that you can usually ask for no tea in your drink.
I try to avoid caffeine as much as I can so I often make this recipe without tea.
What is the most popular flavor of bubble tea?
Due to the popularity of bubble tea across different countries, most restaurants are able to add a variety of flavors.
The most popular is black milk tea. It is the all-time favorite of tea lovers because of its classic taste.
It is simply made of black tea, sweetened milk, and tapioca pearls.
A simple yet classic bubble tea recipe that can be made at home easily!
Here are some of the other popular bubble tea flavors that you can choose from:
1. Mango Milk Tea
2. Taro Milk Tea
3. Thai Milk Tea
4. Matcha Milk Tea
5. Honeydew Milk Tea
6. Coffee Milk Tea
7. Almond Milk Tea
What are the balls in boba tea?
The balls are the tapioca pearls or “boba pearls”. Boba pearls are made from tapioca starch.
To achieve the sticky, chewy texture, the starch is mixed with hot water and formed into a dough.
The dough is then formed into small balls. Then, they are boiled until they reach the desired texture.
I however prefer to buy my tapioca pearls at my nearby Asian grocery store.
It’s much easier than making your own homemade boba.
How to make strawberry bubble tea
Wash and hull the strawberries.
Then chop them into very small pieces. You’ll want them small enough that they can fit through a boba straw.
Transfer the strawberries to a bowl and add the sugar. Stir well. The sugar will bring out the juices in the strawberries.
Let the strawberries sit in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the strawberries to soften.
Preparing the tea
Brew two black tea bags in 1 cup of hot water according to the instructions on the box. Discard the tea bags after they are done brewing. Let the tea come to room temperature.
Preparing the tapioca pearls
These are the tapioca pearls I always buy. They’re very easy to prepare.
Cook the tapioca pearls in a pot according to the instructions on the back of the bag.
Once the pearls are finished cooking drain the water from the pot. Add 4tbs of brown sugar to the pot with the boba pearls and stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Let the boba cool for about 10 minutes.
How to make strawberry boba tea
Add about 1/3 a cup of the boba pearls to a glass. Then add about 1/2 a cup of the macerated strawberries and it’s syrup to the glass. Next add 1/2 cup of tea.
Next top with 1/2 a cup of milk. I use 2% milk but you can always use whole milk for a creamier drink. The ratios of ingredients that I listed above is how I like to make my glass of strawberry milk bubble tea. However, you should feel free to experiment with the ratios so you can figure out what you like.
You can also add ice to your drink if you wish. I prefer mine without ice as I don’t want it to water down my tea. You’ll need boba straws with these drinks. The boba straws are large enough to allow the tapioca pearls to fit through the straw.
The best strawberry bubble tea recipe
This is my favorite strawberry boba tea ever. It’s even better than what you get in the boba shops. This recipe has the delicious flavor of fresh strawberries in it. While whenever I’ve ordered this tea at boba shops I always get a fake tasting strawberry flavored drink.
If you’ve never made it yourself or have never even tried bubble tea before I highly suggest you’ll give it a try! It’s absolutely delicious!
I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. I’d love to hear what you think of it in the comments below. Thanks for visiting, I’ll see you soon!
Strawberry Bubble tea
Strawberry bubble tea consists of tapioca pearls, brown sugar, strawberries, black tea and milk.
- 16 oz strawberries
- 8 tbs brown sugar
- 3/4 cup tapioca pearls
- 2 black tea bags
- 1 cup milk
Wash the strawberries and hull them. Chop them into very small pieces.
Transfer the strawberries to a bowl and stir in 4tbs of brown sugar. Let the strawberriess sit in the refrigerator over night.
Brew the 2 tea bags in 1 cup of hot water according to the instructions on the box. Discard the tea bags after brewing. Let the tea come to room temperature.
Cook the tapioca pearls in a pot according to the instructions on the bag. Once the pearls are finished cooking, drain the water from the pot. Add the remaining 4 tbs of brown sugar to the pot with the pearls and stir well until dissolved. Let the boba pearls soak in the brown sugar syrup for about 10 minutes.
Preparing the strawberry milk bubble tea
Add 1/3 a cup of the cooked boba pearls to a glass. Then add 1/2 a cup of the macerated strawberries and it's juices to the glass. Next add 1/2 cup of the black tea concentrate. Top with 1/2 a cup of milk. Add ice if desired.
Serve and enjoy!