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Saturday
Jun042011

Honey Peach Bubble Tea

Honey Peach Bubble Tea

I was first introduced to bubble tea two years ago. A friend had taken me to a tea house specifically to try it after finding out I was a bubble tea virgin. You've never tried bubble tea before? What's wrong with you? I was initially very wary of it, wondering why anyone would ever want to drink tapioca pearls through a straw. Weren't tapioca pearls supposed to be reserved for puddings? Nevertheless, I gathered up my courage and ordered myself a drink.

One sip changed my mind. I suddenly wanted to put tapioca pearls in every drink imaginable. The pearls gave the bubble tea a texture that was unique and addicting.

Since then, whenever I pass a shop that sells them, I can't resist buying myself a treat. Some people are addicted to coffee shops; I'm addicted to bubble tea houses. Luckily for my bank account (and unfortunately for everyone else), bubble tea houses are nearly impossible to find in the Midwest. However, as I've shown you before, they are very easy (and cheap!) to make at home.

Honey Peach Bubble Tea

Regrettably, large tapioca pearls are one of those ingredients that are hard to find in supermarkets. You may spot them in the international aisle (very rarely the baking aisle), but, more often then not, they will elude you and your searching eyes. Luckily, bubble tea tapioca can be found in abundance at your local Asian market. If you can't find it there, or if you don't have a local Asian market, bubble tea tapioca can be found easily with a quick search on the internet.

I've also seen the large tapioca pearls substituted for small jelly candies. Bubble teas are traditionally a low calorie drink but, if you don't mind upping the sugar content just a bit, you could easily chop up some fruit snacks or gummy bears and use those in place of the tapioca pearls. It is definitely a way to play around with multiple flavors in one drink.

Though, if you're like me, you might just agree that the original is the best way to enjoy it.

Honey Peach Bubble Tea

This Honey Peach Bubble Tea is very light, refreshing, and fruity. Honey and peach are two of those flavors that were meant to be together—they complement each other well. The black tea is actually quite hidden in this drink, making it taste more like rich smoothie than a tea (all while keeping the calories down!). The tapioca pearls are perfect in a drink like this, giving it an interesting texture and a twist on the traditional beverage.

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Honey Peach Bubble Tea

Yields 1 large or 2 small servings

1/2 cup large pearl tapioca
2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon honey
2 small or 1 large peach, pitted and cut into quarters
1/2 cup black tea, chilled
1/2 cup milk
5-6 ice cubes

To cook the tapioca, follow the directions on the package. Different brands of tapioca pearls cook at different rates and require varied amounts of water. I would personally cook up more than 1/2 cup at a time (they can take up to an hour to cook) and you'll have enough pearls to make several bubble teas in the coming days. When cooked, drain the pearls and rinse with lukewarm water to remove the starch. In a small bowl, coat the tapioca pearls with 2 tablespoons honey. The tapioca pearls can be refrigerated for up to 3 or 4 days, but are best if used immediately.

In a blender, blend together the peach, black tea, milk, ice, and 1 tablespoon honey.

To serve, place 1/4 cup of honey coated tapioca pearls in a glass. Pour the bubble tea on top and serve with a large straw.

tapioca pearls

Reader Comments (16)

Wow, how cute! I would have never thought to make my own bubble tea, I haven't had it in a couple of years.
06.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
I saw these in an Asian market and wondered what people are using that ingredient for. I would have never thought a drink! I will definitely have to pick some up at the market and try it. Thanks for posting this!
06.4.2011 | Unregistered Commentertina@flourtrader
I adore bubble tea...living in B.C. There are lots of tea shops here but I've always wanted to make my own. So excited to try! <3 your blog so much! keep up the great work!!!
06.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouise
Wonderful. My husband loves them. What a great surprise for him when he comes home!
06.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
I'd double-check any boba you might buy at the supermarket, especially considering the recent Taiwanese contamination scare..
06.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
I made the traditional boba milk tea before but this sounds wonderful too. Must try soon. Thanks for the recipe!
06.5.2011 | Unregistered Commentermai
I am hearing about this the first , but really wanna try , I've got to get my hands on some tapioca pearls .
06.5.2011 | Unregistered Commentershabs
i also love the bubble tea. its my daily intake. since i live in Malaysia, its so easy to find this bubble tea. btw i love the colorful one.
06.5.2011 | Unregistered Commenterilyan
How nice, what a conversation piece to serve to guests, thanks so much.
06.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMedifast Coupon
Finally something I feel I can do!
06.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKS
Oh wow! Look at those beautiful tapioca pearls! I'll definitely be on the lookout for them now =)
06.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
bubble tea is epic! And perfect for the summer months (or any month!)
06.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!! I love the sound of this recipe and i just so happen to have the perfect ingredients for it - I'm so excited! I'm making this today!!
06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkylar
How did you get the coloring on tapioca? Have only seen white large pearl. Do they sell colored? Is it flavored?
06.15.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdsc
DSC-- I bought the tapioca like this. You might find that tapioca pearls specifically for bubble tea tend to come in fun colors (or, in this case multi-colored). I've also spotted black and white tapioca pearls at the Asian market. They are not flavored, just colorful.
06.16.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
My wife and I love this stuff... but it's commonly referred to in the Asian markets as "boba" not bubbles. So try looking for that instead. Good recipe
07.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegreenfield

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