My husband became completely infatuated with boba recently. (You can read about it on his blog, here.) For those who may not know, it's a drink with tapioca pearls in it, so when you drink, you also get to chew. It's odd but highly addictive.
After sampling most of the flavors at the new boba place in town, he decided it was much more economical to make it himself. After perusing a dozen recipes in various places on the internet, and making a few test batches, here is the recipe for success.
Milk tea mixture:
(makes about 40 oz.)5 cups water
4 black tea bags
1 1/4 cups non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup simple syrup
Boil water in a medium saucepan.
Steep tea bags in water for about 4 minutes.
Return to medium heat.
Stir in 1 1/4 cups non-dairy creamer until completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal ratio of sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves)
Pour through mesh strainer into a pitcher.
Place in refrigerator to cool.
about 1/4 cup 5-minute boba pearls, cooked according to package instructions
a few tbsp flavored syrup (such as Torani)
About 10 oz milk tea (from above recipe)
Cook and drain the boba pearls.
Run under cold water, drain well.
Place the pearls in the bottom of a pint glass.
Add just enough syrup to cover boba, then add milk tea mixture to fill the glass.
Serve with a large boba straw.