Boba Milk tea is always a favorite afternoon drink when we’re craving an alternative to our everyday iced coffee. Slightly sweet and creamy but always refreshing milk tea is s fantastic way to hydrate with a dose of much needed afternoon caffeine.

Boba Milk Tea-Bubble Tea being poured into glass

Boba Milk Tea Recipe

When we’re wanting to have a little more fun with milk teas, we’ll add boba tapioca pearls to it. The chewy balls make it a full meal and it’s so easy to make, you won’t have a need to go to your boba tea shop for a glass. The tapioca boba pearls aren’t for everyone and yeah, they can be a little weird if you’re not used to “chewing” as you drink. The milk tea drink alone is refreshing, not too sweet and wonderfully satisfying. It’s easy to drink and you can customize the sugar level to your liking.

Watch our Boba Milk Tea Recipe Video:

Boba Milk Tea Recipe or Bubble Tea Recipe @whiteonrice
Boba Milk Tea Recipe or Bubble Tea Recipe @whiteonrice

A few years ago we shared our thai iced tea recipe and it’s always a hit with readers. If you’re craving a another sweet drink, give our recipe for thai tea a try. It’s just like what you’d get in the Thai restaurants!

Enjoy and stay cool in this hot weather!

-diane and todd

Easy Thai Tea Recipe (Thai Iced Tea) from White On Rice Couple

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Boba Milk Tea Ingredients

These are the boba pearls we find in our local Asian grocery store. They don’t ship great, so sometimes there will be some broken up pearls, but the texture when cooked properly is great.

Great reviews, cooks quicker, and they even have different color options. This one is top on our list of boba to try.

A delicious black tea made with leaves form Yunnan. Prince of Peace is also often a supporter or world relief efforts.  

Boba Milk Tea (aka Bubble Milk Tea)

Since you need to chill the tea after brewing, we prefer to make the tea the day before. The boba should be eaten within a few hours of cooking.
Most brands of boba will vary quite a bit in cooking instructions. We have a note at the bottom of the recipe on how we cooked the boba we bought, but please refer to your specific boba packaging for instructions.
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  • After brewing the tea, add the sugar while the tea is still hot. Stir the tea to dissolve all the sugar. Chill the tea mixture until it’s completely cold. This step is best if prepared the day ahead.
    Tea brewed in a pitcher
  • Cook tapioca pearls according to package instructions *see Note below for how we cooked the boba we bought.
    Cooked boba in a slotted spoon over a pot
  • Divide the warm tapioca pearls into 2-(16 oz) glasses. Pour the cold tea into the two glasses.
    Boba in a glass with tea being poured over
  • Pour 1/4 cup milk into each of the glasses. Stir with a straw and add optional ice if desired. Enjoy!
    Milk being poured into glass with tea and boba


Note 1: Cooking Tapioca Pearls (this is roughly how the tapioca pearls we bought were instructed to cook- manufacturers will vary on how their product is meant to be cooked):
For 1/2 cup of uncooked pearls, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add pearls and cook for 20 minutes on a low boil. Turn off heat, cover the pan and soak for 25 minutes in the hot water. (During last 25 min soak time, adding a sweetener like brown sugar or honey will infuse the boba pearls with a rich flavor.)
Strain and rinse. Keep in warm water until ready to serve (use within a few hours of cooking).


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 211mg, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 0.6mg