From vodka infused boba tea to spicy mango pearl tea, experience bubble drinks like never before with these delectable yet easy DIY boba tea recipes!
Bubble tea, boba tea, pearl milk tea, tapioca boba – call it what you want but the deliciousness of these Taiwanese drinks is undeniable. Now, there are plenty of types of bubble tea and boba tea flavors out there. And they’re all mostly fruit based and quite similar. If you’re a bubble tea fan like I am, you’ve probably already tried the basics. But there’s still so many unique ones to try on your next trip to a boba joint!
So we’ve made a list of the best one-of-a-kind boba tea flavors that you wouldn’t be able to find everywhere. These bubble teas that go beyond the traditional fruity flavors will make you fall in love with bubble drinks (if you aren’t already, that is!). So give your taste buds a unique experience with these rare boba flavors and their easy-to-follow recipes!
Best Boba Tea Flavors & Recipes
1. Green Tea Boba
- 1/2 cup cooked tapioca pearls (recipe on how to cook tapioca pearls here)
- 1 cup brewed green tea
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
Add together all the ingredients except for the tapioca bubbles. Stir until they’re all combined and then add the pearls. If you want you could also mix in some brown sugar to keep it tasting sweet yet healthy!
2. Fruity Vodka Boba Tea
Alcohol-infused, sweet, fruity bubble tea with chewy tapioca pearls. Can you think of a drink that sounds and looks as good as this? Of course not! I’ve always wanted to combine my love for vodka and boba tea into one mouth-watering delectable drink. So check out this yummylicious boba smoothie recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 shot vodka
- Cooked boba bubbles
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Fresh fruit of your choice or any fruit bubble tea powder
Once you finish cooking the tapioca pearls, soak them in a bowl of vodka to infuse the flavor in the boba bubbles as well. For the fruits, you could use any favorite one of yours or even a combination of two or more! You could also use some flavored vodkas to make them taste even better! Blend the fruit, milk, vodka and water in a blender. If needed, add sugar as well. Pour the blended mixture into a glass, add the tapioca balls, some ice and one of those fat boba straws and enjoy!
3. Spicy Mango Boba Tea
For the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, check out this very unique, mexicanesque bubble milk tea recipe inspired by Thegastrognome. This boba tea recipe also makes the spicy and chewy bubble tea bubbles from scratch.
- 3 cups brewed green tea
- 1 tsp ground pequin chili (or any other of your choice)
- 2 tbsp warm water
- 5 cups water
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- ¼ fresh lime juice
- 2 ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 pinch salt
In a bowl, mix together ¼ of the tapioca flour, ground chili and a pinch of salt. Then stir about ½ tsp of sugar into 2 tbsp of warm water in a different vessel. Once the sugar is dissolved, pour the mixture into the bowl with the tapioca flour and chili, slowly, while stirring. Keep adding the tapioca flour or water until you get a thick, slimy consistency.
Then, on a stove, add 1 tbsp of sugar and 5 cups of water into a vessel and bring to a boil. Shape the tapioca flour dough into tiny balls using your hands and drop them into the boiling water. Take them out after a minute or when they float to the top and leave them aside.
Now blend the mango, 2 cups of tea, lime juice, 1 and ½ tsp of sugar and ice cubes using a blender. Assemble the drink by pouring the blended mixture into a tall glass, add the tapioca pearls and your boba fruit tea is done!
4. Nutella Boba Tea
Asian bubble tea and nutella – two guilty pleasures in one scrumptious drink! This recipe by 626NightMarket on YouTube is as quick and simple as it is delicious!
Nutella bubble tea ingredients:
- 3 tea bags of your choice
- 1 glass of water
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 2 tbsp coffee creamer
- Nutella (as much as you want!)
- Cooked tapioca balls
- Ice cubes
Steep the tea bags in a glass of water for three minutes and leave it in the fridge to chill. Add 2 tbsp of any dairy creamer and hot water in a bowl. Stir and add a ginormous spoon of nutella and combine them all together by stirring some more. Pour this mixture into a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one, just use a good old bottle. Also add the steeped tea and some ice into the shaker or bottle and shake well. Then, you know the drill, assemble the ice blended drink with the boba bubbles and you’re done! All that’s left to do is slurp on some nutella goodness!
5. Iced Caramel Macchiato Boba Tea
This easy but spectacular Starbucks-inspired frothy drink with tapioca balls is by beautygivemeabeat on YouTube and I just can’t wait to try it myself!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp Caramel syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup espresso
- Some cooked boba bubbles
Firstly, you need to make the vanilla syrup that goes into this deliciously sweet boba bubble tea. Add the water and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Then, remove from the stove and add in the vanilla and stir. Then leave it aside for a couple of minutes to cool down and then pop it into the fridge to chill. Take a glass, pour in the caramel syrup, 1-2 tbsp of the vanilla syrup depending on the amount of sweetness you prefer, and some ice. Then pour the milk and espresso over them and drizzle some of the caramel syrup on top as well!
6. Avocado Bubble Tea
The goodness of avocados and the yumminess of an Asian bubble tea – what more could you want?!
- 1 cup mashed avocado
- 1 cup green tea
- Ice cubes
- 1⁄2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1⁄4 cup cooked tapioca pearls
Blend all ingredients except the boba bubbles in a blender or food processor. Combine the cooked pearls and the blended tea in a glass and that’s it! It’s as simple as that!
7. Peanut Butter & Jelly Boba Tea
Have you ever wondered what a classic PB&J would taste like in beverage form? Well, it’s delicious! And here’s the recipe for this from Mind Over Munch on YouTube:
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
- ½ vanilla
- 1/3 cup cooked boba balls
- 3/4 cup strawberries
Using a blender, combine all of the bubble tea ingredients above except for the tapioca balls. You could also use strawberry jam instead of the actual strawberries but this is just a healthier option. Add the blended drink to some tapioca pearls in a glass and enjoy your drink!
So those were our quick and easy recipes for unique bubble tea flavors! What are your favorite boba tea flavors and which boba tea recipe will you be trying out? Tell us by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja!
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