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How to Make DIY Bubble Oolong Tea

How to Make DIY Bubble Oolong Tea

Also known as pearl tea and boba tea, the bubble tea trend started in Taiwan in the 1980s before sweeping the world with its popularity and chewy, tapioca-like pearls. We love bubble tea! Today, we’ll show you how to make your own at home.

You’ll need a cold-brew bottle, your favorite oolong tea, and boba pearls (these are the bubbles). To buy boba, visit a specialty shop or order them online. (Or, if you’re really brave, try making your own from scratch).

To make bubble tea:

  1. Decide whether you want to serve your bubble tea with our without milk. To serve without milk, cold-brew your oolong to get the most health benefits out of the tea. Cold-brewing allows tea to retain a high percentage of catechins, which many oolong drinkers seek for their healthfulness. (To cold-brew tea, simply place a tea bag of your choice into our Chillaxer Cold Brew Bottle for 6 – 8 hours (go here or here for full instructions).  

 To serve with milk, you’ll want to make a tea concentrate: Combine 8 grams of loose-leaf tea (any type of tea works well; try it with our Tea of the Month, Osmanthus Oolong!) and hot water and let it sit for 8 minutes. Straight the tea over ice (200 ml) and add 60 ml of your preferred milk (almond, soy, or organic dairy milk all work well here).

  1. Add your preferred sweetener: brown sugar syrup, honey or maple syrup. Adjust to taste.
  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 c. water to a boil over high heat. Add 1/4 c. boba and stir gently until they float to the top.
  1. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer boba for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat; let boba sit another 12 – 15 minutes.
  1. Add boba to your sweetened tea. Enjoy!


Tip: Want to feel like you’re in a café in Taiwan? Serve your bubble tea in a clear glass with a special straw perfect for sucking up the bubbles.

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