How to Make Bubble Milk Tea at Home

Have you already spent a fortune buying bubble milk tea everyday at your favorite shop? You can enjoy your favorite drink even more if you make your own at home. It’s not that complicated, plus you can even choose the brand of the ingredients and make some adjustments of your own.

So, before we break down the recipe, remember that traditional bubble tea consists of sweetened tea, milk, and tapioca balls. It can come in different flavors, but the most common are chocolate and black tea in most stores in Singapore.

Choosing the Ingredients

The best teas for this homemade recipe are chai tea, black tea, and jasmine tea. Just pick from any of the three for a more flavorful drink. But why should you use strong teas? By adding more ingredients, it is possible that the tea will lose its natural flavor, so you would want to make sure it doesn’t lose that. Just steep the tea according to instructions on the package and refrigerate if you want to make it ahead.

Tapioca pearls on the other hand are easy to find in the markets, but make sure to look for pearls that have good texture and can be cooked within a few minutes. Do not make the pearls ahead when making bubble tea. It should be cooked right before serving the bubble milk tea.

Any type of sweetener will work, but the best bubble milk tea uses honey or any sweetener in syrup form (no need to use honey if you’re allergic to it). Granulated sugar will also work because it dissolves easily. The usual ratio for the tea and sweetener is 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar for every 2 cups of tea. As a last option, you can also make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup of water and dissolving 1 cup of sugar in it.

As for the milk, you should use whole milk for a more flavorful drink. Some stores use heavy cream, but you can compromise by using half of the milk and half of the heavy cream. Soy milk and other varieties of milk are also fine.

Making Milk Bubble Tea

For this recipe, we will use black tea and simple syrup.


  • 8 bags of black tea
  • ¾ cup tapioca pearls
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Whole milk
  • Simple syrup


To steep the tea, use the 4 cups of hot water and let sit in room temperature. Make sure the water you used has just been boiled. You can make this ahead by keeping the tea in the refrigerator to cool it. No need to remove the tea bags.

Next, prepare the simple syrup using the directions written in the previous section.

To prepare the pearls, boil 4 cups of water in a pan then add the tapioca pearls. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes or until the pearls have floated to the surface. Drain then rinse in cold water.

To serve, divide the pearls into glasses then add ice cubes. Pour 1 cup of teach each into each glass then add 1 ½ tablespoons milk and 1 ½ tablespoons simply syrup. Stir and add more milk or sweetener.

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