This easy strawberry milk tea is made with real strawberries for the most refreshing summer bubble tea! This recipe can easily be made vegan and dairy-free.
Make the tea: Add the tea bag to the boiling water and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and let the tea cool to room temperature. Then put the tea in the fridge to fully chill.
Make the strawberry syrup: Heat the strawberries, water and sugar on a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As the strawberries warm up, they will begin to get mushy. Use a fork to fully mash them as much as possible. Continue to stir the syrup, letting it gently simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Strain the syrup: Once slightly cooled, strain the strawberry syrup mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Press the mashed strawberries as much as you can to get all the syrup out of them. You should end up with about a ½ cup of syrup. Set the syrup aside for now.
Make the boba: Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Once boiling, add the boba to the water. At first, the boba will sink to the bottom, then after about 20 seconds, they will float to the top. Slightly lower the heat and continue to simmer for 5 - 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and strain the boba. Run the boba under cold water for about a minute until they have cooled down. Then, stir them into the strawberry syrup to prevent them from clumping together.
Put everything together: Stir the chilled tea, milk, and boba in the strawberry syrup together. Add in a handful of ice and serve immediately.
- Vegan version: To make this milk tea vegan and dairy free, substitute almond or oat milk for the cow’s milk.
- Serving size: This recipe makes two smaller servings, but if you want the classic gigantic bubble tea store size then serve as one serving.
- Use quick cooking boba. This recipe uses quick cooking boba, but some types of boba may need to be cooked for longer. If you don’t have quick cooking boba, cook your boba according to the package instructions and follow the rest of the recipe as is.
- Make the boba fresh. Boba don’t last long once cooked so make them right before you are ready to drink your milk tea. You can make the syrup and tea in advance and store them in the fridge.
- Adjust to your taste: Everyone has a different preference for how they like their bubble tea. If you want to adjust how much sugar is in the tea, increase or decrease the amount of sugar by 1-2 tbsp. You can also add in a couple tablespoons of cream for an extra creamy option.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Bubble tea
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: Taiwanese
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 225
- Sugar: 37.8g
- Sodium: 34mg
- Fat: 1.6g
- Saturated Fat: 0.8g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0.6g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 52.5g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 5mg
Keywords: Bubble tea, milk tea, boba tea, boba, strawberry