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. I like to keep a pitcher of brewed tea in the fridge to make this Thai boba tea whenever I want. When ready to serve, prepare the tapioca balls and add them to the milk tea.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.
If you want to make Thai Tea at home, it is recommended to use a Thai Tea powder rather than adding food dyes to replicate the orange color. Here are some of my favorite brands:
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: