If tiger milk tea with boba sounds mysterious to you, then you must know its other name: brown sugar bubble tea. This beverage became insanely popular so quickly that almost every other person has already tried it. And if you're one of those people that haven't tried such a drink yet, then you should definitely start with this one.
It's insanely easy to make this tiger milk tea: all you need is to prepare five simple ingredients and spend less than 15 minutes making it. But of course, you'll also need brown sugar syrup for this recipe, so you can either purchase it at a store or cook it yourself at home.
This brown sugar boba tea recipe is highly versatile since you can swap some of the ingredients for their alternatives to modify this recipe to your liking. Moreover, you can even experiment with the type of tea that you use for this bubble tea recipe.
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What Is Tiger Milk Tea?
Tiger milk tea, also known as brown sugar milk tea, is a Taiwanese beverage invented decades ago but which has become so popular only recently. Just like any other bubble tea, this one is also made with tapioca pearls, brewed tea, heavy cream, and, of course, a delicious brown sugar syrup.
What Does Tiger Milk Tea Taste Like?
If you've ever tried bubble tea before, then you should know that this tiger sugar milk tea is quite similar to all the other bubble tea variations. The only main difference between them is that this boba tea has a caramelized sweet flavor thanks to the combination of tapioca pearls and brown sugar syrup.
How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup For Boba Tea
The main thing that you should prepare for this tiger milk tea with boba is the brown sugar syrup. It's possible to find one at a store if you don't have the time to spend making one by yourself. But it takes only five minutes to make this brown sugar syrup.
And to make it, you'll need some brown sugar, water, and some vanilla extract. And that's it. Once you've prepared everything, all you should do is combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and place it over low heat to simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Make Tiger Milk Tea
Aside from the brown sugar syrup, you'll also need a few more ingredients to make this Taiwanese milk tea:
- Loose leaf tea - earl gray, rose black tea, assam, oolong, Thai tea blend, or any other tea that you like.
- Tapioca pearls - you can purchase them online on websites like Amazon or go to a grocery store. If you have some more extra time, you can even make the tapioca balls for your tiger milk tea at home by yourself (out of tapioca starch).
- Heavy cream - if you want to cut down slightly on calories, you can use regular milk instead or choose a plant-based alternative, such as almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
So now you have everything ready, what's next? To make this delicious tiger pearl milk tea, you should do the following:
- The first thing that you should do is brew your loose leaf tea. You can do that in any way you like (you can even simply place the loose leaves in a large cup and cover them with boiling water, and once it's ready, pass it through a sieve).
- Cook the tapioca pearls. For best results, follow the instructions on the label of the pearls that you've purchased since the cooking time may vary between different manufacturers.
- Assemble. The first thing that you should do is place an equal amount of tapioca pearls in each glass and add ice if desired. Then drip the brown sugar syrup around the inner side of the glass and pour in the heavy cream and the brewed tea.
My recommendation is to serve this tiger milk tea with boba as soon as it's ready. But if it happens that you have to make this beverage in advance, it's a good idea to store it in the fridge for no more than 24 hours.
And I definitely don't recommend freezing this brown sugar bubble tea since it is made with dairy, and when you freeze such a beverage in the freezer, it usually never goes back to the same texture once it thaws.
Tiger Milk Tea (Brown Sugar Boba)
- Brew the tea leaves with hot boiling water. Set it aside until completely cool.
- Place the tapioca pearls into a small pot and cover them with water. Cook over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Drain the cooked boba pearls and rinse them with cold water. Put back into the pot and add 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar syrup.
- Divide the tapioca pearls between two cups or glasses. Add ice (optional).
- Drip the brown sugar syrup around the inner sides of the glass (use 2 tablespoons per each glass).
- Pour in the brewed tea and add the heavy cream.