Never tried a strawberry milk tea with boba before? Trust me. You're missing out on a lot. This drink is refreshing, creamy, simple, and made of fresh strawberries, jasmine tea, cashew milk, and tapioca balls.
You need only 6 ingredients to make this strawberry bubble milk tea, and it will take around 15 minutes of your time to prepare it. This version of the drink is dairy-free, but you can use whole milk if you want to instead of the plant-based version.
Making bubble milk tea at home is not only cheaper than buying it somewhere else, but it's also much tastier. Once you taste it after making it at home using this strawberry milk tea recipe, you'll always want to make it that way.
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What Is Boba Tea?
Boba tea is a Taiwanese drink that consists of a tea base, milk, tapioca pearls, sweetener, and other optional ingredients that boost its flavor. It can be served both hot or cold with ice. Mixing and matching its ingredients allows you to get a different taste every time.
Does Strawberry Boba Tea Have Caffeine?
Yes, but not much. This version of the strawberry boba tea has some caffeine since it's made with jasmine tea. However, compared to black teas and matcha, jasmine tea has a much lower concentration of caffeine.
Strawberry Milk Tea Ingredients
To make this insanely delicious and refreshing strawberry milk tea with boba, you'll have to prepare 6 simple ingredients. Then, you can mix and match this milk tea with a few of your favorite ingredients to get a slightly different taste one cup after another.
Here's what you'll need:
- Tea: You can use any kind of tea that you like most. It's best to use loose leaf tea since it gives more flavor than tea bags. I really like using jasmine tea for my strawberry bubble tea. Other flavors that I really enjoyed were peppermint tea, green tea, chamomile tea, black tea, mint tea, and hibiscus tea.
- Milk: When making bubble tea, I always go with plant-based milk. Cashew milk goes perfectly in this recipe, but you can use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or even whole milk.
- Tapioca pearls: That's the key ingredient for all bubble tea recipes. I used regular black tapioca pearl this time, but feel free to use clear boba, flavored boba pearl, or mini boba pearls. Also, if you have some extra time, you can make them yourself.
- Strawberries: Since this recipe includes making strawberry syrup, you'll need some fresh berries (or frozen strawberries).
- Brown sugar: You can use any other sweetener you like or whatever you have at home. For example, honey, agave syrup, stevia, erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, etc.
- Water: You'll need some water to make the strawberry syrup and some more water to steep your tea leaves.
How to Make Strawberry Milk Tea
Since this bubble tea is strawberry-flavored, the first thing that you should prepare is the strawberry syrup. I wanted to make this beverage recipe as healthy and tasty as possible, so I made the syrup myself out of fresh strawberries and brown sugar.
It's really easy to make the syrup: just place the strawberries, brown sugar, and some water into a small pot and put it on medium heat until everything boils. Then switch to low heat and let the strawberries simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Once they're cooked and mushy, you'll need to pass them through a sieve.
Also, you'll have to steep your tea. You can do it any way you prefer: in a tea infuser, teapot, or a tea net. And you'll need to cook the tapioca balls.
Once you've prepped everything, assemble the strawberry milk tea in the following order:
- Place the cooked tapioca pearls on the bottom of the glasses.
- Add the strawberry syrup.
- Pour in the tea.
- Add cashew milk.
It's best to drink this strawberry milk tea with boba as soon as it's ready. But if you made too much of this beverage or want to make it beforehand, you can store it in the refrigerator. However, it's best not to store it in such a way for longer than 24 hours.
Strawberry Milk Tea With Boba
- 6 large strawberries sliced
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- 3 tsp jasmine loose leaf tea
- 1 cup hot boiling water
- ½ cup tapioca balls
- 2 cups cashew milk
- Add the strawberries, brown sugar, and water into a small pot. Place it over medium heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Then pass it through a sieve.
- Fill a tea strainer with the leaf tea and place it in boiling water to steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea strainer and divide the tea between two glasses.
- Boil the tapioca pearls for 2-3 minutes to cook them. When ready, add some to each glass.
- Pour in the strawberry syrup and the cashew milk equally between the glasses.
- Stir and serve.