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Backyard Bubble Tea

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Bubble tea is a fun thing to make at home in the summer; it’s perfect for when you want a treat but nothing too sweet or heavy. You can buy the tapioca pearls at most Asian grocery stores, and can oftentimes even find the wide straws to slurp up the “bubbles.” The straws and tapioca pearls can also be ordered online… the straws are sort of a must to fully enjoy/participate in the experience.

Typical bubble teas are often flavored with fruits, and powdered mixes. We like to make ours with fresh herbs.

Preparation: the best homemade bubble tea has 3-4 components.
Tapioca Pearls
Iced Tea
Herby Sugar Syrup
Milk- this is optional depending on your taste and what sort of tea you choose, but it’s best to use nut or soy milk to keep it light and refreshing.

Preparing the tapioca pearls:
This is simple. You can add ½ cup of large tapioca pearls to boiling water and let cook for 5 minutes. However, the tapioca can be a little bland- to remedy this, we add a bit of sweetener (like agave syrup) and fresh herb leaves (like sage) to the water- this infuses the pearls with a hint of flavor.

For the tea:
Follow simple iced tea making instructions with green tea, or black tea and fresh herb of your choice

For the syrup:
Cook together 2 parts water to 1 part sugar along with a sprig of fresh herbs: lavender, sage, oregano, rosemary and mint are a few suggestions… but the possibilities really are endless.

Putting it all together:
Put the tapioca pearls in the bottom of your glass with slotted spoon, add a few spoonfuls of your sugar syrup and then pour in your iced tea. Add a little ice (the tapioca will still be a little warm) and a dash of your milk product of choice. Stir with your wide straw and enjoy!

July 8, 2009


Wow, Bubbed Teas sounds so wonderful! I'd never heard of them. I'll look for the tapioca pearls when I shop friday. You guys have some amazing iced tea recipes!

Thanks Jon! If you have a hard time finding the big tapioca pearls, you can also order them online:

 Let us know how it works out!

Thanks Emma! I was so happy I found the tapioca beads & the big straws! Wow, what a wonderful iced tea! I flavored it with strawberries & a little sugar syrup in a blender. I'm having friends over Sunday & I'll try the really elegant recipe with the rosemary. Thats sounds wonderful. You guys have such lovely ideas!

That's really exciting you were able to find everything... Strawberry sounds delicious too! You can also try our Oregano Iced Tea recipe and use that for your bubble tea-- that's what I've been doing all week and I love it!

Thanks so much Emma! I made the Oregano & a Almond bubble tea yesterday~everone loved them! My friends though Oregano was such a nice & suprising idea! Thanks again for the amazing ideas!

I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

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