Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE BUBBLE TEA!!! This was my first attempt at making my favorite beverage at home. The first time I tried Bubble Tea, the owner of the tea shop told us it was really a pain to make. He was so wrong!!
First, to make the tea. For this batch I used Stash Black Chai. Started two quarts of water boiling, added ten tea bags and steeped for ten minutes or so. Found my favorite glass pitcher, strained the tea into it and placed in the fridge to cool while working on the rest.
Next, the simple syrup. Two cups of water, one cup of brown sugar, one cup of regular sugar, four cinnamon sticks and six cloves went in a pot. Boiled it over medium heat for ten minutes or so, stirring to make sure the sugar all melted. At this point, the house smells FABULOUS!! When it finished cooking, I strained it into the appropriate size Mason jar and it joined the tea in the fridge. Best part, this syrup keeps for two weeks in the fridge! I made extra to have on hand.
Next, for the tapioca pearls. THIS was the scary part, since I have never worked with them before. In my four-quart pot I added six cups of water and a seven ounce package of the tapioca pearls. Cooked according to the package instructions, at a boil for fifteen minutes, then off the heat for another sixteen minutes or so. Took out the fine mesh strainer, and I admit, held my breath. Strained the pearls and rinsed them under cold water. Once strained they went in a dish with about a cup of the simple syrup. Once cooked, the tapioca pearls only keep for about six hours, so you have to use them the same day. This was NO PROBLEM in our house!
Finally, we could drink the tea!! Into a glass goes a third cup of the tapioca pearls (AKA the bubbles), a third cup of very vanilla soy milk, and filled the glass to the rim with the tea. With a wide barrel straw, we all enjoyed! Was amazed to learn that not only was bubble tea NOT a pain to make, but it was really quite easy. The portions, type of tapioca pearls, and type of tea can be adjusted depending on the mood. For my first attempt, I was more than satisfied with this batch!!