Make Your Own Bubble (Boba) Tea


We are blessed enough to live close to a quaint little historic downtown area.  We lovingly call it “the square” as the whole downtown is a big square with green space in the middle with shops and restaurants all around.  It was one of our favorite things about where we live!  One of the little shops is a place that sells bubble tea.  I had never heard of bubble tea until I waltzed in one day determined to try something new.  And I walked out in love.


And yes, this is an actual picture of our beloved square from 1912.  And yes, it still looks like this (minus the horse drawn carriages…. actually, there are horse drawn carriages!) And yes, the same Marietta where Alton Brown resides.  It’s a cool town.

After talking with my sister-in-law, who is from China, bubble tea is a common drink over there, even though it is Taiwanese.  It is traditionally a black tea or green tea with milk and boba or tapioca.  As soon as I told my sister-in-law I was in love with Bubble tea, she immediately went to her H-mart and bought me rose tea and boba! The dried roses are so beautiful and add such a subtle unique flavor.  And I’m waaaaaaay excited I won’t have to drop $5 a pop whenever I want bubble tea… I can make it myself in under 10 minutes!


You’ll need a favorite black tea (I used Earl Grey… hot), dried roses or lavender (optional), boba, sweetener of choice, and milk.


Now, the boba… This is what it looks like in the bag.


You have to boil it to get it to the right consistency.  It will turn a dark brown (it won’t turn black until it is drained and cooled so don’t worry about the color too much).


Cook for about 7-10 minutes.  Drain and cool and it will turn black like this.


Add the boba to a simple syrup (1/4 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup sugar- stir until dissolved).


Add ice, the steeped tea, and a dash of milk.




And stir.

And if you have trouble finding straws big enough, they sell them here on amazon.  And that’s it! A delicious cup of bubble tea awaits…


Enjoy your bubble tea!!!


Copycat Starbucks Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato

copycat Starbucks Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato

I swung by Starbucks the other day, as per usual on “Grocery Shopping Day” and noticed they had a new drink on their billboard.  It looked so interesting, I just had to order it.  Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato.  Little did I know, when I pulled up to pay, the cashier said, “That’ll be $5.50 please.”  Uhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmm.  I immediately wanted to take back my drink order, but not to be rude and hold up the line, I begrudgingly paid my arm and leg for this new drink.  That I might hate.  I pulled onto the road a bit grumpy.  I took a cautious sip of this coffee that didn’t even have my beloved half ‘n half in it.  Turns out (as it usually does) that it was delicious.  And refreshing.  And new.  And exciting.  Honestly, I loved the whole $5.50 experience.  I also knew after studying it that I could EASILY make this myself for mere dimes.  Pennies even.  The marketing specialists at Starbucks are rolling their hands around, exclaiming mwahahaha as they know they can charge ridiculous prices for this “dairy-free” coffee drink.  I won’t give them the satisfaction, I tell you!

And did I mention this is oh so easy to make?  So easy.  And I’ll show you exactly how.

Grab your iced coffee glass of choice.  Personally, I have nothing apart from mason jars in my house.  And I just love these 12 oz. quilted ones.  Then, you’ll need some chocolate syrup (this Torani “coffee syrup” is personally my favorite), some coconut milk, and some leftover strong coffee or fresh espresso.


First, drizzle some chocolate syrup on the bottom of the glass, just enough to cover the bottom.


Then, fill 2/3 full with ice and pour coconut milk over until 3/4 full.


Then, fill the rest of the way with coffee.


Macchiatos really are such a beautiful looking drink!


Drizzle some more chocolate syrup on top (add a Stevia packet or two if you like things a bit sweeter) and voila!  A gourmet $5.50 drink from Starbucks in 1 minute and for a fraction of the cost.



Enjoy! (and enjoy that extra money in your pocket 😉 )