Satisfy your thirst by making a delicious drink with this butterfly pea blue milk tea with boba pearls. This yummy and refreshing beverage mixes butterfly pea flower tea powder with condensed milk and the enjoyable chewiness of tapioca pearls. It's such an enchanting drink with deep blue. All natural coloring too!
Experience the magic of color-changing beverages and explore the rich culture of Southeast Asian countries through the sips of this delicious and visually stunning boba tea.
- Why you'll love this bubble tea drink
- What is Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea
- What are butterfly blue pea flowers?
- Magical Drink
- Ingredients for Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea
- How to make Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea
- Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe
- What to serve with butterfly pea milk tea
- Variations on blue Butterfly tea
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More easy recipes you'll love
- Blue Milk Tea Recipe with Boba
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Why you'll love this bubble tea drink
- Visually mesmerizing! With its deep blue and vibrant colors.
- A refreshing drink perfect for any time of the year.
- A fusion of herbal tea and creamy milk for a delightful contrast.
- Chewy tapioca pearls add a fun and satisfying texture.
- Adaptable to various milk and sweetener preferences.
What is Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea
Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea, also called boba milk tea, is a beautiful and sweet drink that combines blue butterfly pea flower tea and creamy milk, topped with chewy tapioca balls. This blue bubble tea has become a sensation on social media because it looks stunning and tastes amazing. The creamy texture mixed with the chewy balls adds an extra layer of deliciousness to this refreshing and creamy drink.
What are butterfly blue pea flowers?
Butterfly blue pea flowers are tropical flowers native to Thailand and Southeast Asia. They are not only beautiful but also have culinary uses. The flowers can be used for baking, cooking, and making blue pea tea. When brewed, the tea has a deep blue color, which makes it visually appealing. It can be enjoyed as a cold drink, especially during hot weather. The butterfly pea plant is also a natural food coloring in various dishes and beverages.
An interesting fact about butterfly pea flower drinks is that when combined with a citrus agent like lemonade, citrusy drinks, lemon, or lime juice, the drink magically changes into shades of pink, violet, and purple right before your eyes! Experiment with this exotic drink with this beautiful butterfly pea lemonade, which will wow your kids and guests.
Ingredients for Butterfly Pea Flower Milk Tea
- Butterfly pea flower tea bags.
- Water. You'll need 4 cups of tea and enough to cook 1 cup of tapioca pearls.
- Blue butterfly pea powder
- Sweetened condensed milk. This is why the coffee is so tasty! (;
- Use coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, whole milk, or almond milk as substitutes.
- Tapioca pearls. These quick-cooking black sugar flavor tapioca pearls are easy to make and ready in 5 minutes!
- Ice cubes. Use crushed ice for a more fun and enjoyable texture.
- Optional: Honey, maple, brown sugar, or simple syrup (adjust to taste).
How to make Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea
Step 1: Prepare the tapioca balls: Cook the tapioca balls according to package instructions. Once cooked, rinse them under cold water and chill in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of honey or agave to the pearls to sweeten them and keep them from sticking together. Or use water for a less calory option.
Step 2: Make the sugar mixture. Add sweetened condensed milk, salt, and butterfly pea powder to a large glass bowl. Whisk together until you have a blue, creamy texture.
Step 3: Make the butterfly pea flower tea: Bring close to 5 cups of water to a boil on the stovetop. Add 3 cups of hot water to the sugar mixture in a bowl. Whisk everything together until well combined. Look at that hypnotizing blue!
Step 3: Steep the tea bags using 1 cup of hot water. Steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on the strength of the tea you like. Pour the steeped tea into the beautiful blue water and whisk well. Allow the tea to cool off for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Add the tapioca pearls: Place the chilled tapioca pearls at the bottom of each serving glass. Pour the base tea over the tapioca balls, filling each glass about ⅔ full.
Step 5. Add ice cubes to the glass and evaporated milk for extra creaminess. That's it! Done and enjoy!
Garnishing options: Garnish your Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea with a sprinkle of blue tea powder and perhaps an edible flower for a beautiful presentation.
Helpful kitchen notes and tips
- When boiling water, add enough water to make 4 cups of water. So maybe add a little extra water just in case you need more.
- My recipe asks for 2 bags, but use more or less as desired—up to 4 bags per recipe.
- To create unique flavors, you can blend butterfly pea tea with other tea leaves like green, black, Earl gray, English breakfast, or herbal tea.
- Chill the serving glass in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving for an extra refreshing experience.
Helpful kitchen tools for this recipe
- Cheesecloth or a slightly higher-grade material
- Tea or coffee sock filter
- Ice cube trays
- Large pot for boiling tapioca balls
- Reusable large straws for boba tea
- Tall glasses for serving drinks
- Large pitcher for storing and refrigerating the coffee concentrate
- Heat-safe glass bowl
What to serve with butterfly pea milk tea
- Enjoy this refreshing boba tea as a stand-alone treat, or pair it with a delicious snack or dessert like Khao Jee, shrimp cakes, or Thai corn fritters.
Variations on blue Butterfly tea
- Add a splash of fruit juice like blueberry or lime for a fruity twist.
- Experiment with different types of milk for varying levels of creaminess and flavor.
- Use monk fruit sugar as a sweetener alternative.
- Customize your tapioca boba pearls by cooking them in fruit juices or syrups for unique flavors.
- Tapioca pearls are best enjoyed on the day of preparation. Leftover tapioca pearls do not store well as leftovers. The pearls will be hardened and become tough to chew on.
- Separating the tapioca pearls, you can keep the tea in the refrigerator for up to 3 days! Make a fresh batch of tapioca pearls whenever you want to add some to your drink!
Elevate your refreshment game with Blue Butterfly Pea Bubble Tea, a delightful combination of color, flavor, and texture that will delight your senses. Whether for sipping on hot summer days or simply enjoying a delicious and visually stunning drink, this recipe is a wonderful addition to your easy and exciting beverage collection.
Frequently Asked Questions
While fresh blueberries won't give the same color change, they can be used as an addition, not as a substitute, to the drink for flavor and texture as a blueberry milk tea.
Butterfly pea flowers, known as Clitoria ternatea, are used in various traditional dishes and beverages due to their natural dye and potential health benefits.
Absolutely! Experiment with your favorite plant-based or dairy milk to find your preferred blend.
Blue matcha is a wonderful alternative for adding color and flavor to your bubble tea.
Follow the instructions on the package for the best results, usually boiling them until they're soft and chewy.
Tapioca pearls are made from tapioca flour or starch derived from the cassava root. To make the pearls, a cup of tapioca pearls is soaked in enough hot water for about 15 minutes, then boiled in a pot with a couple of cups of water until the pearls become soft and translucent. The excess water is drained, and the tapioca pearls are ready to be used in various desserts and drinks.
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