Step 2: Color/Flavor Experimentation

For Bubble Tea, you rinse the balls. I just drained the water and left some of the thick liquid sticking to the balls. This seemed to give it more of a creepy feel.

So you now need to pick how you are going to flavor/color the pearls... You can use anything. For bubble tea, you soak in a sugar syrup. You can easily make your own sugar syrup and color with any food coloring, or you can try some of the experiments below.

My experiments, for your use in choosing your soakers:

You're supposed to soak them in a sugar syrup, and I had on had some really bright blue drink mixer, which I figured would be perfect. Voila, bright blue translucent drink pearls with a slightly sweet flavor. Next I tried several other 'soakers' to see what I would get. I figured a red flavor would be nice, so I soaked some in grenadine. I also mixed some of the grenadine and the blue syrup to get a black/purple color. And hey, we're making drinks, so how about soaking in alcohol! So I tried green creme de menthe, black rum, jagermeister, and orange liqueur.

From top, clockwise:
Green Creme de Menthe
Mix of grenadine and blue drink mix syrup
Orange Curacao
Black Rum
(center) Blue drink mixer syrup
<p>I guess dipping them into solution of Vitamin B is enough to make them glow bright under blacklight lamp(or,UV lamp,but those black tube lamps are much better to see).</p><p>Known drinks that contain Vitamin B:</p><p>Red Bull,and ALL multivitamin drinks. They can't omit this!</p><p>Also,why Vitamin B?</p><p>They're edible,returns to the nature when disposed of,and also,they're vitamin.</p>
What a great idea! Definitely going to give these a try. Thanks for sharing! <br> <br>Cheers!
Your ible does add a lot of helpful information with the different kind of balls you make. I'm guessing the different reaction between the liquor infused ones is due to relative alcohol percentage. Correct me if I'm wrong (not exactly a heavy drinker) but I believe Creme de Menthe would have a much lower alcohol content than the others - certainly than the rum. The alcohol likely reacts with the pearls in some way, but the lower alcohol content of the Creme de Menthe prevented the reaction.<br><br>Could you tell approximately how much alcohol was absorbed by the pearls? Because it could be useful for individuals who don't like the taste of alcohol and could have them floating in a cocktail with a low alcohol percentage, or even no alcohol, and they wouldn't taste the flavour of the alcohol as much.<br>
As a hint for the future (as it'd be helpful in this recipe and for other &quot;edible fake blood&quot; recipes)...<br /> <br /> To take the pinkish tint from grenadine and darken it, add a very small ammount of <strong>green</strong> food coloring. For a bottle of grenadine, that's around 2 to 3 drops PER&nbsp;BOTTLE. For homemade red dyed concoctions, it tends to be less than a drop of green.<br /> <br /> It darkens and takes the pink tint from red dyed foods to make it more &quot;blood&quot; looking. If anyone dyes their pearls using the grenadine+green mix, i'd love to see it.<br />
awesome! thanks for this hint!
so we're making a variation of bubble tea. you can find bubble tea straws online that are fat enough to suck up the bubbles. it's kind of fun, as long as the tapioca is fresh and highly flavored, otherwise they end up sort of like little balls of tasteless goo. you can find other recipes, even kits that have lots of different flavors, ranging from clear fruit teas to smoothie type drinks that have milk (or substitutes like almond or rice milks) added in. ....the opaque milky ones look kind of neat with the colored pearls peeking out in the bottom of the glass. bubble tea type drinks are incredibly popular in quite a few areas of the country and are HUGE overseas in Asian countries. normally they're made fresh, to your order but they used to make a bottled premade tea. that was the first experience i had with it and i was sooo unimpressed. it was tasteless weak tea with small &quot;bubbles&quot; in it that were colored but not flavored...and no straw, so when you tried to drink it you ended up bombarded by the bubbles as they fell forward when you tipped the bottle to drink. i personally don't like having to try to drink around gooey chunks when having a drink. eventually i found a place that made them fresh where you could choose your flavor of tea, even mixing flavors and you can put in any flavor of bubble you want. i personally love making tropical type mixes with fruity flavors in the liquid and coconut flavored pearls. YUM!<br>great job on the instructable! i'm love introducing bubble tea type drinks in the hopes that people will want them enough to get more shops that make them started around the country so we can all get our fix without having to go the somewhere on the east or west coast to get it! bubble teas for everyone!
They've got a pretty good selection of tapioca pearls here: <a href="http://bit.ly/tpearls" rel="nofollow">http://bit.ly/tpearls</a><br />
I made these for a halloween party and no one would put them in their drinks because they looked so gross, lol. I soaked them in thawed juice concentrate overnight and they looked really good.<br /> <br /> Thanks for the great idea! <br />
i have a great idea!!!! go to your local hobby shop and by a bunch of beakers or flasks to put your drinks in. Wash first before you serve your mad scientist concoction!!! *i.e. dress up as a mad scientist* good shtick <br/>
Thanks for all the nice comments! <br/><br/>You can see the final ones I did for halloween <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.dabbled.org/2008/11/halloween-wrap-up-party-food.html">HERE</a>. I made the red balls redder by using grenadine with additional red food coloring.<br/><br/>No need to wait for Halloween either...<br/>You could totally do these for a holiday party too. Make red balls, and put them in a green liqueur for a holly berry look.<br/>
These look awesome.. I'll have to find the pearls somewhere so I can try this for next year's Halloween party. :)
Fantastic! Thank you for testing the pearls in strong alcohol! It wouldn't have occurred to me beforehand but I suspect those pearls were firmer and smaller due to the hydrophilic (water absorbing) nature of ethanol. Can't wait to play with this so thanks again!
Tonic water lights up under UV light. Might try soaking the pearls in there for another effect.
omg i think that they look really nice yum add some hot glue to the glass to make a web would make it cool
What an awesome idea!!! Having a halloween party this year and will be making these fun little drinks!!! thanks for sharing Tissuepapers
Glad you like it! I added a little addtional info, and a way cool picture of my first batch that a photographer friend of mine took.
Oh hells yeah... Halloween here I come!!!...

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