An absolute hit in the world is bubble tea, especially in Asia, where it came from!
- 2 bags black tea
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 2 ice cubes
- 3 tbsp small tapioca beads
- Soak small tapioca beads in water overnight.
- Pour water into a smoothie blender, then put tea bags, then add milk, almond extract and, if desired, sugar with brown sugar.
- Let the black tea bags stand for about 5 minutes.
- Take out the tea bags and blend all the ingredients.
- Add drained tapioca beads to the glass, pour tea and add ice.
Bubble tea introduction
Designed in Taiwan in the 1980s, it originally consisted of black tea, condensed milk, sugar syrup or honey, tapioca beads, and was served hot. What makes bubble tea special and how it got its name are precisely the beads made from cassava root flour. Flour, ie. tapioca, is similar in composition to starch flour and is often used to thicken dishes, various puddings and desserts. It is one of the common forms in which it comes are smaller and larger beads.
Beads are the key ingredient in bubble tea. They become sticky balls in combination with tea. You can chew them, and they become ‘beans’. They are reminiscent of gummy candies if you add some more flavor during cooking.
Bubble tea today
Today, bubble tea is available all over the world and in a number of different variants. It is often full of pretty artificial flavors, especially if you’re not sure what exactly to order. The classic tapioca beads have been replaced by various other beads that do not dissolve in contact with tea, but only when they reach your sip through a straw. The flavors are numerous, from mango to strawberry, but if you try tapioca you will get closer to the original.
Since bubble tea shops have spread from Asia to the whole world, in addition to hot tea, you can now drink iced tea, with or without milk or with some other fruit flavor like strawberry. In addition to black tea, green tea and many blends are also popular.
Did you know that you can make bubble tea at home? Large tapioca beads are not so widespread on, but small ones are, in health food stores. Larger beads can also be made from homemade tapioca flour. All you need is a cup of flour and half a cup of boiling water.
Our almond milk tea recipe features a sweet nutty almond milk flavor that balances the bitterness in the tea. This milk tea also has the added benefit of being vegan with the use of almond milk rather than milk.
The pure almond flavor comes from a combination of almond milk and extract which is then lightly sweetened, if desired, with brown sugar. Our almond milk tea recipe uses a blender to combine the ingredients into iced tea, but you can also heat the ingredients and serve the tea warm.
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