Michigan has sunshine and (relatively) warm weather, let’s celebrate with bubble tea, ok? I really got into bubble tea last fall while visiting my friends in California. Not only does the East Bay area have gorgeous produce, delicious Mexican food and copious sunshine, they also have bubble tea shops everywhere. We had bubble tea every day of our trip. It was our thing. Well…after I told everybody, this should be our thing!
You can imagine the hole in my heart when I came back to Michigan and found it hard to locate bubble tea. I did find one place nearby that makes great bubble tea with four different options, but it’s a sushi restaurant and kind of expensive and kind of strange to go in and just ask for bubble tea to-go. That’s when I decided to just make it at home.
When you visit a bubble tea shop, you’ll see a dizzying amount of flavors. Fellow bubble tea aficionado Megan likes honeydew bubble tea and my childhood friend Kelly likes strawberry bubble tea. I’m the boring one in this trio with an allegiance to almond milk tea, which in California was cow’s milk with almond flavoring and just so good. I thought I’d make our favorite flavors with the addition of homemade almond milk so that you can pick your favorite flavor.
If you’re new to bubble tea, it’s a drink made with milk or juice, tea or tea powder, your choice of flavoring and sweetened chewy boba. You need a special wide straw to slurp up the boba. Picking a straw color while they make your bubble tea is one of the best parts. Most places heat-seal plastic on the top of the cup for easy transport and then you poke your straw in the top when you’re ready to drink.
There are a few steps to the process of making bubble tea, but each step is really easy. You make your boba and store it in simple syrup, you brew some strong tea and then you add your choice of milk and flavoring. You blend it up or shake it in a cocktail shaker for a cold, frothy beverage. It’s like an Asian milkshake.
In the name of science, I drank too many of these. And although I still love almond-flavored bubble tea, I really flipped for the honeydew and strawberry. Pick a flavor and go for it!