The Big City Punch Bubble Tea Cocktail

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The big city punch bubble tea cocktail is one of our strongest recipes. It combines four different types of liquor with jasmine tea and fruit juices. We chose to pair it with nata de coco, but you’re always welcome to customize your toppings.

The floral taste of jasmine tea shines through to cut the sweetness of the fruit juices and round out this boba drink. After gathering all the ingredients and measuring them out, it’s just a matter of combining them in a cocktail shaker.

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Big City Punch

  • Total Time: 7 minutes


Don’t let the flavor of this fruity drink fool you- aptly named, it packs a punch. The liquors combine perfectly with the rest of the ingredients, so much so that you might not even notice the alcohol until you finish the drink.


Units Scale
  • 1 fl oz vodka
  • 1 fl oz triple sec
  • 1 fl oz white rum
  • 1 fl oz gin
  • 1 1/2 fl oz cranberry juice
  • 2 tbsp freshly brewed jasmine tea
  • A dash of peach syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • 1/4 cup nata de coco
  • Freshly sliced strawberry and a lime wedge to garnish


You can change the flavor of this drink by trying different fruit juices, such as grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor or passionfruit juice for a sweeter flavor. You could even use apple juice for a peach-apple flavor that would be delicious!

On a hot day, add the ingredients into a blender and blend them with ice to make a slushie.

The serving glass matters in this case. I suggest a highball glass because half of the drink is liquor. If you serve it in a regular boba glass, your serving will likely be too large, and you’ll also drink it too quickly through a boba straw. This cocktail is made to be sipped. You can serve it with a spoon to eat the nata de coco.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes

What Does the Big City Punch Bubble Tea Cocktail Taste Like?

The combination of all the liquor, the sweetness of the cranberry juice and peach syrup, the floral hints from the jasmine tea, and the tart taste of the lemonade make this a unique-tasting drink. It is similar in flavor to a Long Island Iced Tea with a fruity twist.

Does the Big City Punch Have Caffeine?

Because this recipe only calls for two tablespoons of tea, there is only around 3 mg of caffeine in this drink. Jasmine tea contains about 15-60 mg of caffeine per cup, depending on how long you let the tea leaves or tea bag steep.

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Jasmine tea

If you use a different type of tea, this amount may vary. In general, green tea has a similar amount of caffeine. However, if you were to substitute black tea, the amount of caffeine would go up. It also might be too strong of a flavor for this drink.

Another good substitute would be oolong or fruit tea, which would blend nicely with the fruit juices and lemonade in the drink. Matcha may change the taste and texture of this drink and might not pair very well with the overall sweetness.

Can You Make This Recipe Without Alcohol?

Because half of the ingredients of this drink are alcohol, it would be hard to make this recipe without it unless you were to change it altogether. If you are looking for a unique boba tea recipe without alcohol, try one of the following:

Which Boba Shops Sell This Drink?

If you are looking for a bubble tea shop that sells this deliciously fruity cocktail, you’ll need to look for one with a liquor license. Bubbleology in East Village, New York City, has a bubble tea cocktail similar to this one.

However, this recipe is easy to make right in the comfort of your own home!

Which Toppings Are Best in This Bubble Tea Cocktail?

You can top this boozy twist on a Taiwanese classic with various delights. Rather than using nata de coco, try one of the following:

  • Flavored popping boba, such as passionfruit popping boba
  • Brown sugar-glazed tapioca pearls
  • Lychee jelly
  • Chunks of fresh fruit
  • Rainbow jelly
  • Coconut jelly
  • A scoop of ice cream
  • Taro balls

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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