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5 from 12 votes

Boba Milk Tea with Any Tea

Homemade bubble tea is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up! By combining three favorites - matcha, latte, and bubble tea, it's a beverage everyone will enjoy!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Japanese, Thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 390kcal
Author Candice


Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1 1/3 cups tapioca pearls
  • 4 cups water


  • 4 cups non-dairy milk or creamer like oat milk creamer
  • 4 cups tea or 2 tbsp culinary grade matcha powder and 4 cups of water
  • 3 cups ice cubes


  • Simple syrup: Add the turbinado and 1/2 cup water to a sauce pan. Turn to medium heat and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  • Tea: Steep your tea and let it come to room temperature. If making matcha, wait until just before serving so the matcha leaves do not settle. Then, whisk or blend 2 tbsp of matcha with the 4 cups of room temperature, or cold water.
  • Boba: Bring 4 cups of water to boil over high heat. Add the tapioca pearls and stir until they start floating to the surface. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes. 
  • Drain the boba and add to a bowl with the simple syrup. Let cool. You can keep the boba in the simple syrup for up to 12 hours.
  • Assemble: Add 1/3 cup of tapioca pearls to each glass. Top with 1 cup of tea, then 1 cup of non-dairy milk or creamer. Enjoy!


You can also use brown sugar for the simple syrup. Use in the same ratio, 1:1.
Let the tea come down to room temperature so the ice doesn't melt too quickly.
You can keep the boba in the simple syrup for up to 12 hours, so it’s easy to serve later in the day. The boba does not keep well overnight.
Purchase extra-wide straws. The wide straws are not wide enough for the large boba.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 927IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 2mg