BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA WITH BOBA RECIPE

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May 14, 2024
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Do you want a refreshing but still creamy drink for summer evenings or mornings? Try this homemade brown sugar milk tea with tapioca pearls. This traditional Taiwanese cold milk tea recipe is popular for its refreshing sweetness.

With only 3 ingredients and 15 minutes of preparation you can create this good-looking and super delicious Tiger Boba drink. Your Instagram followers will just fall in love with your stories! Trust me!

BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA WITH BOBA RECIPE

WHAT IS BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA?

This bubble tea variant has no tea in it, just fresh milk, brown sugar syrup, and boba. The Tapioca pearls are cooked and then just added in a tall glass with the brown sugar syrup and cold milk. This milk tea recipe finds its origins in Taiwan and is popular for its freshness and Tiger stripes effect.

WHAT DOES BROWN SUGAR BROWN SUGAR BOBA MILK TASTE LIKE?

As its only ingredients are milk, brown sugar syrup, and tapioca pearls, this drink is quite sweet but still refreshing. Using low-fat milk and a lot of ice cubes, I try to keep it a lighter drink. Also, when I prepare the sugar syrup, I like to add some cinnamon sticks for extra flavor.

brown sugar milk tea with bubbles

WHY I LOVE THIS BOBA TEA RECIPE?

First of all, I love this recipe because the ingredients are affordable and easy to find in any supermarket, and the steps are easy to follow. The only ingredient that can require a bit of searching is the boba, which is pretty easy to find at any Asian supermarket or online. After you find Tapioca pearls, you need only 15 minutes, and you can enjoy your Tiger Boba tea.

It can be a drink to impress your special guests or Instagram followers with. However, the tiger stripes effect doesn’t last long! If you want to take pictures, be ready as soon as you add the milk. Now, to be 100% honest, I didn’t feel like making today’s milk tea perfectly photogenic. My sugar syrup was a little too runny, and I couldn’t create proper Tiger stripes. I’ll use some Internet photos to compare my final result and we can have a laugh together.

Still, don’t worry: the taste is heavenly!

BUBBLE TEA HISTORY

Bubble tea finds its roots in Taiwan in the early 1980’ at a small tea stand, and the story behind it is really interesting. Believe it or not, it all comes down to elementary school children! As in the present, they crave something sweet and refreshing after a long day at school, so many tea stands were set up near schools.

One very inspired tea business owner started adding fruit flavors to her cold tea to attract more clients. Soon, other tea stands started to improve their refreshing teas with different flavors. However, this led to clients shaking their cold teas to mix them. Therefore, this formed bubbles in the drink, which became “Bubble Tea.”

Next, in 1986, Taiwanese artist and entrepreneur Tu Tsong He decided to add actual bubbles to the flavored cold tea.

“I was visiting the Yamuliao wet market in Tainan when I saw fenyuan [tapioca balls], a traditional snack I loved from my childhood,” recalls Tu. “I thought to myself: why don’t I add some fenyuan into my green tea.” His first bubble tea shop opened its doors for clients in October of 1986.

tapioca pearls in brown sugar syrup

HOW TO MAKE BROWN SUGAR BUBBLE TEA AT HOME

Now that you know a little more about the origins of brown sugar milk tea, it is time to learn how to make it yourself. You don’t have to worry about anything: the ingredients are easy to find, and the preparation process is stress free, really!

ingredients for bubble tea

WHAT IS BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA MADE OF?

Heat the brown sugar and water (and the cinnamon sticks if you use some) on a pan over low to medium heat. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. To make a thin brown sugar simple syrup for sweetening your boba milk tea, heat the mixture only until the brown sugar has fully dissolved in the water.

For more steps and indications, just follow my brown sugar syrup recipe.

  • Milk: 2% milk works best. You don’t want your tea to be too rich, as it’s mainly a cold and refreshing treat. Also, you can add a dash of cream if you want your drink to be extra creamy, like a dessert. Replace the milk with your favorite dairy-free milk for a bubble tea that every vegan friend of yours will enjoy.
  • Quick–cooking Tapioca pearlsBoba pearls are made of tapioca starch that comes from the cassava root, and they are 100% vegan. Even though the original recipe uses black boba, unfortunately, I could only find white pearls. However, 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.
  • Ice Cubes: you want the drink to be very cold.

STEP-BY-STEP RECIPE FOR BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA

  1. Cook the boba: Add the boba to a small pot with water that just boiled, 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.
tapioca pearls
  1. Make the brown sugar syrup: if you don’t already have simple sugar syrup, try my 10-minute recipe.
BROWN SUGAR SYRUP
  1. Add the boba to the sugar syrup: Then, add the boba pearls to about 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar syrup. This step will prevent them from clumping together.
tapioca pearls in brown sugar syrup
  1. Make the brown sugar bubble tea: Add the boba and the ice cubes to your serving glass. Drip the brown sugar syrup down the sides of the glass and add the milk.
brown sugar milk tea
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This tiger milk tea with boba is ready in only a couple of minutes and you just need 3 ingredients! Not only does this bubble tea taste delicious, but it also looks amazing!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoon quick-cooking boba
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add the boba to a small pot with boiled water and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  2. When they are ready, strain the boba and run them under cold water for a minute to cool down.
  3. Make the brown sugar syrup: if you don’t already have simple sugar syrup, try my 10-minute recipe.
  4. Then, add the boba pearls to about 1 teaspoon of the brown sugar syrup. This step will prevent them from clumping together.
  5. Add the boba and the ice cubes to your serving glass. Drip the brown sugar syrup down the sides of the glass and add the milk.
  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: Asian

ENJOY YOUR REFRESHING TIGER BOBA!

Finally, you have a fresh brown sugar milk tea, perfect for hot summer days! What do you think about the recipe? Did you find it difficult to make your own brown sugar syrup? Did you go for the simple recipe or did you add some extra cinnamon flavor? Also, did you succeed in capturing the moment when the sugar syrup formed tiger stripes? Tell me everything in the comment section below.

Additionally, don’t forget that your input on every recipe I have is extremely valuable. It really helps me know what you actually think about my work and how you would improve it. So, keep on asking any questions in the comments section. I will make sure to respond as soon as possible!

Last but not least, here are more of my favorite drinks recipes perfect for the summer:

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Rosie is the proud owner of two rescue cats and her current obsessions are fitness, photography, and ethnic cuisine. Her mission is to share easy and scrumptious recipes that anyone, even the busiest of readers, can recreate.

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