Homemade Thai boba tea is quick and easy. Follow this guide to create a refreshing, creamy, sweet treat like you’d find in your favorite Thai restaurant with only need a few ingredients. The combination of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and spices is truly unique.
This bubble tea recipe combines easy Thai tea with boba pearls, creating Thai bubble tea. Make the brewed tea ahead of time and keep it in the fridge to make this Thai boba tea even more quickly. When ready to serve, prepare the tapioca balls and add them to the milk tea. If you’ve never tried Thai tea, be sure to read the additional information under the recipe.Print
What Does Thai Boba Tea Taste Like?
Along with strongly-brewed black tea, Thai tea is made with star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, crushed tamarind, and vanilla. These strong spices create a spicy, robust, and rich tea.
Thai tea powders often include these spices, along with sweeteners and creamers. The sweetened milk perfectly compliments the strong tea base, making the boba tea creamy. The tapioca pearls, assuming they are cooked with sugar, bring additional sweetness and a chewy texture. The cool sweetness of Thai boba tea pairs excellently with spicy cuisine.
Why Is Thai Tea Orange?
The bright orange color of Thai iced tea comes from food coloring. This unique color of Thai tea is one of its trademarks. Thai tea mixes turn red from the spices and added food colorings. The drink then turns orange when the milk is added. Tea shops often add red and yellow food coloring to ensure their Thai tea takes on the bright orange color that customers expect.
What Is the Difference Between Bubble Tea and Thai Tea?
|Bubble TeaThai TeaOriginated in TaiwanOriginated in China (was later introduced to Taiwan, where it became very popular)Can be made with any tea base and milk; does not include unique spicesCombines brewed black tea, spices, and condensed milkServed with tapioca pearls, popping boba, or jelliesNot traditionally served with boba pearlsServed with a boba strawServed with a regular straw|
Both options are typically served over ice but can also be enjoyed hot.
Is Thai Bubble Tea Caffeinated?
Thai bubble tea does contain caffeine. One cup of black tea, the base tea of Thai bubble tea, has an average of 50mg of caffeine, depending on how it is brewed. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may want to swap the black tea for a tea lower in caffeine, like white tea or decaf tea.
Black tea has numerous health benefits, including antioxidants that have the potential to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Black tea nutritional information per 6oz serving: