This is an ideal boba tea to drink when you want something dreamy, something creamy, and something that whispers Earl Grey. I know that no sane person would drink this highly caffeinated tea at night-time except those fortunate few in which caffeine helps them sleep, so if you want to sleep by moonlight and you're like me with tea, then drink away! If not, this is a great morning iced tea with brunch when you need a great pick-me-up when you wish to enjoy breakfast. (Recipe below, so don't panic!)
HOW TO MAKE BOBA MILK TEA: 4-6 tablespoons loose tea (needs to be strong!), 1-2 pinches baking soda, 4 cups freshly boiled water, 1 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls, half-and-half to serve, simple syrup to serve. Simple Syrup: 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup granulated sugar. PREPARE THE TEA: Steep loose tea and in 4 cups freshly boiled water until water cools completely. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. PREPARE SIMPLE SYRUP: In an airtight bottle, add water and sugar and shake until dissolved (or mostly dissolved). Set aside, shaking occasionally. (Make this a few days ahead of time.) COOK TAPIOCA PEARLS: Bring 4 cups water to a boil and stir in pearls, waiting for them to float to the top. Cook 5 minutes. Test a pearl to see if it has reached desired level of softness. Cook pearls for another few minutes if they are still stiff. Using a slotted spoon to remove pearls from hot water and quickly rinse pearls with water. ASSEMBLE DRINKS: Strain tea into a pitcher. Divide cooked pearls into 4 large glasses. Add a few ice cubes to each glass. Pour 1 cup cold tea into each glass. Add 1-1/2 tablespoons half-and-half and 1-1/2 tablespoons simple syrup into each glass. Stir and taste milk tea. Add more milk or simple syrup to desired taste. Add a boba straw to each glass and serve. Note 1: Some people like the taste of sweetened condensed milk. If this is the case for you, use condense milk instead of the simple syrup and half-and-half. Note 2: You can also prepare simple syrup with a few slices of fresh ginger. Note 3: As tapioca pearls do not store well, cook them the same day of consumption, leaving them in its cooking water in its saucepan.
this tea is part of the Bubble Tea Collection fandom