make your tea at home. Start with putting them in a pot of water, allowing them to soak overnight. The pearls will be plumper for cooking the longer that they soak.
Next, boil the tapioca pearls, cooking them for 10 minutes. After cooking, let them sit until they cool down. Then drain out the water and let the pearls dry for about an hour on a cookie sheet. They are now ready for the boba tea, which is just as easy to make.
If using bagged tea, place one bag into a kettle or pot with a cup of water for the tea to brew on medium-high heat (if using loose leaf tea, use one or two tablespoons).
If it starts to boil over, add more water to prevent that from happening. Once it starts to boil, wait for two to three minutes before taking out the tea bag or loose tea leaves.
To sweeten your boba tea, add honey or sugar, suited to your taste, after turning off the heat.
Then add your tapioca pearls and stir them in, covering the pot afterward and letting the tea sit for five minutes. Next, it is all about the flavors that you want to add – almond extract, coconut extract, vanilla extract, or even caramel syrup are some good flavor options. Flavored milks also help with your flavoring.
Whether you serve your drink in the same pot it was made in or pour it into a cup and serve with a spoon (which helps with the pearls that get stuck at the bottom), you can now enjoy your boba tea!
To be a little more creative, feel free to add fruit toppings, crushed ice, condensed milk, or all!