Boba Buddha’s Mermaid Bubble Tea Recipe

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This colorful take on Taiwanese bubble tea has a blue base and a delicious strawberry cream topping. While it requires more time and concentration than other recipes, all boba lovers agree that it’s well worth it!

This recipe is a fun spin on traditional milk tea because it’s colorful and creative. The garnishes are optional but add a lot to the mermaid theme. Whether you are making it for a special occasion or just because you’re craving a milky sweet treat, we know you’ll love this recipe!

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Mermaid Bubble Tea

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Enjoy the strawberry-coconut flavors of this bubble tea. The end result is an Instagram-worthy, colorful, and delicious boba drink you and your friends will love.


Units Scale
  • 5 oz brewed jasmine tea
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 scoop coconut milk powder
  • 2 drops blue food coloring
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (or agave syrup)
  • 1/4 cup cooked tapioca pearls
  • ice cubes
  • edible gold dust (for garnish)
  • small pink cookies (for garnish)


  1. Add the jasmine tea, coconut milk powder, milk, and blue food coloring into a blender. Blend until combined.
  2. Taste and add more coconut milk powder if desired.
  3. Make the strawberry whipped cream as described in the notes below.
  4. For a frothy texture, put the mermaid mixture into a shaker and add the brown sugar.
  5. Shake for 10 seconds to combine the ingredients.
  6. Put the tapioca pearls at the bottom of your serving glass, then cover them with ice.
  7. Pour the mermaid mixture in.
  8. Garnish the drink with strawberry whipped cream, edible gold dust, cookies, and a bubble tea straw.
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To make homemade strawberry whipped cream: Add 8 ounces of heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of strawberry syrup, and 2-3 drops of pink food coloring to the whipped cream dispenser. Shake vigorously. To dispense, add the cartridge to the dispenser.

If you do not have a whipped cream dispenser, you can either put the (very cold) mixture in a glass jar, close the lid tightly, and shake vigorously until whipped, or you can use a whisk and a mixing bowl. Whisk the cream until you have the consistency you want.

You can use any soluble sweetener to sweeten the tea if you don’t have brown sugar or agave syrup.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

What Does Mermaid Bubble Tea Taste Like?

This colorful creation tastes like coconut milk tea with floral undertones. The strawberry whipped cream adds a sweet hint of fruitiness that pairs very well with the jasmine tea.

Looking at this blue drink, you may expect a different flavor. However, the food coloring doesn’t change the taste of the boba milk tea.

Is Mermaid Bubble Tea Healthy?

Jasmine tea offers multiple health benefits, including the following:

  • It is rich in antioxidants.
  • It can help with weight loss.
  • It promotes oral health.
  • It may be good for your heart health.
  • It may help protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • It could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • It can promote brain function.
  • It might reduce the risk of certain cancers.
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Jasmine tea

Another health benefit of mermaid bubble tea is that the milk contains calcium. However, with all the added sugars and fats, it isn’t a boba drink we recommend drinking daily.

How Much Caffeine Is in Mermaid Boba Tea?

The average cup of jasmine tea, six ounces, contains around 25 mg of caffeine. This recipe uses only five ounces of tea. Steeping the tea in five ounces of water will yield the same caffeine content. However, if you boil six ounces of water and only use five in your recipe, the caffeine content will be slightly less than 25 mg.

To compare, black tea averages 47 mg per six ounces, and coffee has approximately 90 mg of caffeine per eight ounces.

Can You Use Different Tea Flavors in This Recipe?

While this recipe calls for jasmine tea as its base, you can substitute some tea flavors.

  • Green tea has a grassier, sweeter taste and pairs well with strawberry cream.
  • Fruit tea is an excellent choice because of its sweet taste and fruity base.
  • Black tea is also possible, but the tea flavor would be more robust and malty.
  • Matcha may be a little too earthy to pair well with the overall sweetness of this drink, and it would also change the color.

Is the Gold Dust Garnish Necessary?

Most garnishes are simply for show. They are not necessary to make the drink delicious. However, they add a fun, whimsical element that holds up to this drink’s name. You can use rainbow sprinkles if you can’t find edible gold dust.

Which Toppings Are Best in Mermaid Milk Tea?

Gold dust, cookies, strawberry whipped cream, and tapioca pearls are the typical toppings for this milk tea recipe. However, the options are endless!

A few other great additions include:

Margaret Dunn

After recently discovering bubble tea, Margaret is addicted. Thai iced tea with coffee jelly and lychee fruit tea with popping boba are her favorite combinations so far. She is currently working on a few homemade healthy versions of her favorite flavors that will satisfy her sweet tooth all the same.

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