How to Make Bubble Tea




Bubble tea is one of the most popular drinks in Asia. It can be served in many various flavors. These instructions will help you make milk tea flavored bubble tea at home in few very easy steps. The whole process will only take about 10-15 minutes so you will be ready to enjoy bubble tea with your friends and family today!


*for one serving size

1/2 cup of bubble tea mix (flavor of your choice).

1/2 cup of non-dairy cream

1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white cane sugar

1 cup of black Tapioca pearls


one small cooking pan

one mid-sized cooking pot

one cocktail mixer

two bowls (mid-sized)

bubble tea cups and straws

one measure cup

one spoon

Step 1: Make the Sugar Syrup

Step A: Put 1/2 cup of white cane sugar in the pan

Step B: Put 1/2 cup of brown sugar in the pan

Step C: Put one cup of water into the pan

Step D: Turn on the stove to high temperature.

Step E: Stir it while boiling it for 1 minute.

Note:This sugar syrup will be used as a sweetener for the bubble tea and it also keep a good consistency for the bubble tea.

Step 2: Store the Syrup for Later Use

Put the syrup in a container for later use.

Caution: be careful the hotness of the syrup.

Note: the syrup should be in a liquid status right now, however, the longer you store it, the thicker it gets. It is very normal.

Step 3: Cook the Tapioca Pearls

Step A: Put two cups of water in a pot.

Step B: Turn on the stove to high temperature.

Step C: Heat until it boils.

Step B: Put the Tapioca pearls into the boiling water.

Step C: Put a lid on the pot for 5-10 minutes ( depending on your flavor, the more you cook, the softer they are)

Note:Stir it if necessary to avoid the situation where the Tapioca pearls get stick to the pot.

Step 4: Cool Off the Tapioca Pearls

Put the cooked Tapioca pearls into a bowl to cool off.

Caution: this step can be dangerous, be careful with the steam and the hot water dropping from the pot.

Note: If you want to store the leftover Tapioca pearls for later use, mix some brown sugar into some water in a bowl and put the Tapioca pearls in it.

Step 5: Put the Ingredients in the Cocktail Mixer to Mix

Step A: Put 1/2 cup of non dairy cream into the cocktail mixer.

Step B: Put 1/2 cup of bubble tea mix into the cocktail mixer.

Step C: Put 4 spoons of syrup into the cocktail mixer. (add less syrup if preferred)

Step D: Put 2 cups of water into the cocktail mixer.

Step 6: Shake the Ingredients

Shake the cocktail mixer hard for about 30 seconds.

Note: Hold on to the top tight to prevent the liquid from spilling.

After finishing shaking, let the cocktail mixer sit for 30 seconds.

Step 7: How to Serve

Step A: Put some ice in a cup

Step B: Put the cooked Tapioca pearls in the cup.

Step C: Pour everything out from the cocktail mixer in the cup as well.

Step 8: Ready to Drink

Put a lid on and straw in the cup and enjoy your bubble tea!


Now, you have finished all the steps to make a cup of bubble tea. You can make them for parties or for daily drinks. Enjoy!



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    17 Discussions


    3 years ago

    now i can make bubble tea. yes!


    yes, so be sure to use a store-bought mix and put everything in plastic!
    Because it's not bubble tea unless it tastes like artificial flavours and gets a good leaching from the chemicals in the plastic straw and cup. Not to mention that lovely pile of trash you create afterward. Hey, if it tastes good, whatever!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Woah this is pretty silly... There's no point to this since you need "bubble tea mix". Imagine a pancake recipe with "Pancake mix" in it.

    Any why make your own syrup when it's widely available in any store?

    Bubble tea mix however, is not widely available. A useful tutorial would have taught us how to do it without "mix". How this got to be featured in the email is beyond me.

    5 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Agree with you JohnS4......if i need to buy bubble tea mix...why i am not buying bubble tea from any center.....


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    wait a minute, ya mean my formula for instant water is out??? " to one package of instant water, add 1 quart of H2O, stir, and enjoy. Makes 1 quart"


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It likes tutorial:

    How to make homemade spaghetti at home.

    1. boil some water, drop some salt and put spaghetti to pot

    2. wait for 5 minutes.

    3. Enjoy your dinner.

    Am I right?;-)))


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    There are many posts on this site that start with pre-ready mix. That is not the point of the site.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I agree with JohnS4. Modify it to include making it without the mix.

    Re: "bubble tea mix" - all it is is flavour powder - you can choose from MANY different ones. I like to use fruit juices, herb teas, ice tea, kool aid, or chocolate/strawberry syrup. Experiment with stuff you find around the kitchen. It's more fun.

    The rest of the instructable is very good


    4 years ago on Introduction

    You lost me at: 1/2 cup of bubble tea mix (flavor of your choice).

    Here's a more instructable instructable that I found within 5 seconds:


    4 years ago

    where do you get the tea mix? what brands and flavours are there?

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I found everything on amazon. Did not look too bad price / pound


    4 years ago

    I love bubble tea so much♥♥♥♥


    4 years ago

    This is awesome!! Where do you get the tapioca pearls? I haven't found them in my grocery store.

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago

    They're found at Asian grocery stores and are sold online too!