DIY Bubble Tea

Hey Guys


Its AGirlNamedEgypt here and for about 2 years now I have wanted to try Bubble Tea but where I live there isn’t any bubble tea stores so I decided I would set out to make my own 🙂

But first ill give in to my inner Nerd and give you all a bit of history

Elementary school children would look forward to buying a cup of refreshing tea after a long, hard day of work and play. Tea stands were set up in front of the schools and would compete for business with the best-selling tea. One concession owner became popular with her tea when she started adding different fruit flavoring to her tea. Because of the sweet and cool taste, children loved the taste. Soon, other concessions heard about the “unique” and popular tea, so they started to add flavoring to their teas. When adding flavor, the tea and flavoring needed to be shaken well for a good all around taste. This formed bubbles in the drink, which came to be known as “Bubble Tea.”In 1983 Liu Han-Chieh introduced Taiwan to tapioca pearls. The new fad was to add tapioca pearls into a favorite drink. Most of the time tapioca pearls were served in cold infused tea. After the tea and flavor were shaken well, it topped tapioca pearls that were sitting on the bottom of a clear cup.

The tapioca pearls also looked like bubbles, thus also became to known as “Bubble Tea.” Bubbles floated on the top your drink and bottom of your drink.



What you will need



  • Tapioca Pearls or Boba ( My Grocery store didn’t have any “traditional” boba like the ones you might get in a bubble tea store but you can like I just use normal tapioca pearls that you would use for tapioca pudding, They just will be a different color and may break apart a little more than Boba )
  • Brown Sugar
  • Tea Bags ( I’m using Green Tea infused with Jasmine but you could use any tea or you could use Milkshake syrups or even coffee 😉 I personally don’t like tea but my family does so I made them the tea ones and put caramel milkshake syrup in mine which was super delicious 😉 )
  • Thick Straws ( you can find these online or in shops that sell party supplies )
  • Jar or Cup ( I used some old jam jars for Presentation purposes but you could use whatever you have on hand but its best to use something glass so you can see the boba at the bottom )

Just a heads up I researched many recipes and kinda meshed them together to create my prefered recipe so this might not be how many recipes say to make them but this was the best way for me to create this 😉 Enjoy!


Bubbles / Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca Pearls      SDC12617

1. The Ratio is 7 parts water to 1 part Tapioca so 7 cups water to 1 cup Tapioca but if you wanted to make a smaller batch you could just use less tapioca.

2. First bring the water to a rolling boil in a large pot.

3. Slowly add the pearls and stir them to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot, When the pearls float cover and leave on a rolling boil for 30-45 minutes.

4. Stir every 10 minutes.

5. Add 1/2 a cup of brown sugar . ( we will be making a sugar syrup but cooking the pearls in sugar colours the tapioca slightly and gives it a slight flavour )

6. Remove from heat and leave covered for another 30 Minutes

7. Rinse in cold water and drain (Once cooked they should be translucent so it will look like most of them have disappeared through the liquid but some of them will still have a white inside just throw those away or separate them and cook them for longer)

Tip: You can cook the pearls in colored water for cool colorful pearls

Sugar Syrup

Sugar Syrup


I would recommend making the syrup while the tapioca is cooking

Mix 2 cups of brown sugar or for a sweeter version 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of white with 2 cups of water in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil then immediately remove from heat and let cool.

Combine cooled syrup with drained tapioca in a jar or airtight container.

Let them “marinate” for about 15 – 30 minutes in fridge.

Use them immediately or cover and keep in fridge for no more than 4 days.

Making The Tea and Assembling

Bubble Tea Assembly

1. Make a Strong tea im using 4 tea bags and leave to cool in fridge or you can like I did make a caramel milkshake or whatever you want.

2. Add 2-4 tablespoons of the sugar syrup and the tapioca pearls into each glass.

3. Add half a cup or more depending on your preference of whatever liquid you prefer to a shaker.

4. Add 3/4 quarters of a cup of cold milk to the shaker.

5. Add Crushed ice to your shaker ( An easy way to make this is to put ice inside a plastic bag and “crush” it with a rolling-pin )

6. Shake the shaker as hard as you can to create a frothy texture.

7. Pour Milky mixture into the glass on top of the pearls.

8. Finale add a thick straw and your done!

P.S. Bubble Tea is an acquired taste and some people like I love the bubbles and hate the tea but others like my brother didn’t like the bubbles but loved the milky tea.

Tada that’s my Bubble Tea recipe!

Hope you Enjoyed!

Till Next Time AGirlNamedEgypt xx


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