"WTF?" she screamed. "What happened to the photog I requested!" He shrugged and drolled, "You asked for an orange creamsicle. So here it is. I think it's a great picture of Bob." "You named your snake Bob??" "Now you're being overdramatic. I want you to know that I spent many an hour training Bob to hold this pose while I took a gazillion shots from all sorts of angles." "I didn't ask for Bob or any snake! I wanted the popsicle! This is for a tea collection!!" "Tea collection? We're a reptile rescue! What does tea have to do with it?? Bob's already got a home. I could have had taken pictures of Rama the boa banana morph if you wanted a foodie-sounding name." "No, I was in the mood for a Creamsicle.."
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