Summer is the best season for long relaxing afternoons with friends and family on the porch! I always enjoyed a refreshing drink at home more than all the fuss of going out. Not to mention all the money you save preparing cocktails, milk teas, and drinks by yourself! So, that’s exactly why today we are going to learn how to make this good-looking Strawberry Milk Tea.
Even though it takes a little time to prepare, the steps are quite easy and the ingredients list is super affordable for how amazing the drink actually looks. However, before we start the step-by-step recipe, let’s find out more about this trendy strawberry milk tea with bubbles!
What Does the Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Taste Like?
This strawberry milk tea with Tapioca pearls tastes like fresh strawberries with a dash of creaminess from the milk. The tea flavor is not too strong in this recipe, however, it keeps all the sweetness from the strawberry syrup under control. Also, I never use too much milk in my tea, as I prefer to keep it refreshing. I add just enough milk to give my tea creaminess!
The strawberry flavor is the main element of this summer drink, as I always go for fresh fruits. I know it can complicate things a little, but if you use strawberry milk, I can promise the taste would be so different! A little extra work for a tasty refreshing strawberry milk tea won’t kill anybody, believe me!
Does Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Have Caffeine?
Yes, there is caffeine in the tea, considering we use black tea or green. That’s why I always ask my guests, before serving the strawberry milk tea, if they would prefer a drink without any caffeine. Even though the amount of caffeine is far less than the one from a regular cup of coffee, there are people who would prefer their tea decaffeinated.
So, if you want to make a completely caffeine-free drink, you can replace the tea with milk, and it will just become a milky strawberry bubble drink.
Why This Is the Best Strawberry Milk Tea Recipe?
There are two main reasons why I prefer to make the strawberry milk tea this way: the natural flavor of the fresh strawberry syrup and the ease of preparing it.
Regarding the strawberry flavor, most people prefer to save some time and just use strawberry milk from the market. Well, I warn you that you should be prepared for the artificial taste. I also heard that other people prefer to make strawberry milk by blending strawberries into a purée and mixing that into milk. The problem with this method is that you’ll end up with a thick drink that tastes more like a smoothie.
So, if you go for my method and prepare a simple strawberry syrup, you’ll keep the natural flavor of the fruits and also the consistency of a normal milk tea.
Additionally, I love this recipe because every ingredient is affordable, simple to find in every supermarket, and the directions are really easy. The only ingredient that can require a bit of searching is the boba, but this is pretty easy to find at any Asian supermarket or online.
Tips And Tricks to Make the Best Strawberry Bubble Tea
- Use bubble tea straws. Bubble tea straws are wide enough so you can drink your bubble tea with them. Try metal reusable ones or colorful disposable ones. I used striped pink ones because I prepared these drinks for a girls’ night.
- Save the strained strawberries. The mushed strawberry pieces that remained from the homemade syrup are perfect to use in a lot of recipes. Do not toss them away! You can use them as a pie filling or just mix them with some greek yogurt in the morning.
- Soak the boba in the syrup. As soon as the boba pearls have cooled down, make sure to stir them into the homemade strawberry syrup. If you leave the boba sitting out, they can get sticky!
- Make the boba fresh. Even though you can make the rest of the tea in advance, prepare the boba pearls right before you serve your tea. Tapioca pearls only stay fresh for a few hours once cooked.
How to Make Strawberry Milk Tea with Boba
Now, finally, let’s learn how to make the perfect homemade strawberry milk bubble tea with some easy steps and affordable ingredients. Please, keep in mind that, even though this may seem like a simple recipe, the steps should be closely followed.
Ingredient List for Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea
|2 bags of green or black tea
|4 cups of strawberries
|1/4 cups of quick-cooking boba
|1 cup of milk
|10 tablespoons of sugar
|1 cup of ice cubes
- green or black tea: You can use either type of tea you prefer for this recipe. I made it using Belgian Chocolate, Strawberries, or Rose tea flavors.
- strawberries: I used fresh strawberries, as they are in the season and it was really easy to find them. Yet, if you can’t find fresh fruits, use frozen strawberries instead.
- quick-cooking boba (Tapioca pearls): Boba pearls are made of tapioca starch that comes from the cassava root and they are 100% vegan. Even though I know that the basic recipe uses black ones, unfortunately, I only find white Tapioca pearls. What I can say is that the texture and taste are similar, so use whatever type of boba you find. In addition, if you can’t find quick-cooking boba, just adapt the boiling timing to what the product’s instructions recommend.
- milk: Your day-by-day milk is all you need. However, if you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free option, use almond or oat milk instead.
- sugar: Your favorite type of granulated sugar is just fine.
- ice cubes: When your strawberry milk tea is ready, the ice is just necessaire.
Step-by-Step Recipe to Make Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea
Prepare your tea. First, steep the tea bag in a ½ cup of water for 5 minutes. After removing the tea bag, let it cool to room temperature. Finally, put it in the fridge.
Make the simple strawberry syrup. Heat the strawberries, sugar, and water in a frying pan, stirring occasionally. Use a fork to mash all the strawberry pieces. Continue to simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes as it thickens up. After cooling at room temperature, strain the syrup using a fine strainer. You should end up with about a ½ cup of strained syrup.
Cook the Boba. Add the boba to a small pot with boiled water and cook for 5-10 minutes. When they are ready, strain the boba and run them under cold water for a minute to cool down. Then, add the Tapioca pearls to the strawberry simple syrup.
Make the milk tea. Stir the cold tea, milk, strawberry syrup, and boba together in a tall glass. Lastly, just add the ice cubes and serve!
Enjoy Your Summer Bubbles!
Finally, there you have it: a delicious and fresh strawberry milk tea for your summer get-arounds! What do you think about it? Did you find it hard to follow the recipe’s steps? Were you able to find quick-cooking boba? Did you go for a vegan strawberry tea instead? Tell me everything in the comment section below.
Furthermore, don’t forget that your input on everything we write about is extremely valuable. It really helps me know what you think and how would you improve my recipes, ideas, and advice. So, keep on asking any questions in the comments section. I will make sure to respond as soon as possible! Also, feel free to share your experience with this strawberry milk tea recipe and all your advice on it. I am always super excited to hear from my beloved readers!
Strawberry Milk Tea Recipe
- 2 bags of green or black tea
- 4 cups of strawberries
- 1/4 cups of quick cooking boba
- 1 cup of milk
- 10 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- How to Prepare Your TeaSteep the tea bag in a 1/2 cup of water for 5 minutes.
- After removing the tea bag, let it cool to room temperature and then chill in the fridge.
- How to Make the Strawberry SyrupHeat the strawberries, sugar, and water in a frying pan, stirring occasionally.
- Continue to simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes as it thickens up.
- After cooling at room temperature, strain the syrup using a fine strainer to remove all the small fruit pieces.
- How to Cook the Boba PearlsAdd the boba to a small pot with boiled water and cook for 5-10 minutes. If you don't have quick-cooking boba, boil them as said in the product's instructions.
- When they are ready, strain the boba and run them under cold water for a minute to cool down. Then, immediately add the Tapioca pearls o the strawberry simple syrup.
- How to Make Strawberry Milk TeaStr the cold tea, milk, strawberry syrup, and boba together in a tall glass. Lastly, just add some ice cubes and serve!
- If it's not strawberries' season, you can also use frozen strawberries. If so, thaw them
first and drain out the excess liquid.
- Feel free to choose any kind of black or green tea you prefer.
- If you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free strawberry milk tea, use almond or oat milk
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.