This post is all about how to make jasmine milk tea with honey boba – one of my all-time favorite tea drinks!
It’s hard to believe that a couple of years ago, I didn’t even like bubble tea. Something about actually chewing on my tea took me a while to get used to. My daughter loves it, but I was still thinking, just what is boba anyway?
Now, I love bubble tea, and this recipe for jasmine milk tea with honey boba is my favorite way to enjoy my go-to boba tea drink.
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What is Jasmine Green Tea?
Jasmine green tea was created hundreds of years ago, during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644).
It’s a scented tea, which means it’s a mixture of green tea, scented with blossoms from actual flowers, like chrysanthemum, orchid, and jasmine.
Jasmine green tea is probably the most popular of the scented teas.
Jasmine is a flowering vine with white star-shaped flowers that grows well in most temperate areas of the world.
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Adding jasmine to green tea creates a flavored tea that has a perfumed aroma and delicate taste.
Jasmine tea can be made from black and white teas as well as green teas.
Jasmine Tea Aroma
Tea drinkers describe jasmine tea as having these characteristics:
Jasmine Tea Caffeine
The caffeine content of jasmine tea depends on the type of tea used.
- Jasmine Green Tea Caffeine: 25 mg per 8-ounce cup
- Jasmine Black Tea Caffeine: 47 mg per 8-ounce cup
- Jasmine White Tea Caffeine: 30 mg per 8-ounce cup
The caffeine in jasmine tea is much lower than the 95 mg of caffeine found in an 8-ounce cup of coffee.
Jasmine Green Tea Benefits
Because jasmine green tea is made from a base of green tea, it has high concentrations of antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits of green tea have been widely studied and include the following:
- Heart disease
- Boosts immune system
- Stress relief
- Improves Skin
Forms of Jasmine Tea
You can brew jasmine tea from tea bags, loose leaf tea or rolled pearls.
Good in a pinch, but are often made up of broken leaves and stems. If you can, try to find jasmine tea sachets which have more room for the tea leaves.
Loose Leaf Tea
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Loose leaf tea is my go-to. You can get the better flavor with loose leaf tea than tea bags and all you need is a teapot and strainer or infuser.
Jasmine Pearl Tea
This type of tea is made from scented green tea leaves and buds that are hand-rolled into small pearls. This type of tea is also the most expensive version of jasmine tea.
How To Make Jasmine Tea
Since Jasmine Tea is made from green tea, use the same basic preparation technique:
- Choose your type of tea. If using loose-leaf, use one to two teaspoons for every 8-ounces of water.
- Heat your spring water or filtered water to between 160 and 180 degrees F.
- Steep for 2-4 minutes.
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How To Make Honey Boba
Making your own boba tea is really easy once you’ve figured out how to get the tapioca pearls just right.
The tapioca pearls that make that delicious chewy boba don’t really have much flavor on their own, so they need to be sweetened to get that true tea shop taste.
After cooking your tapioca pearls, drain them and soak them for at least 10 minutes in a mixture of honey and hot water.
This mixture of honey syrup will be absorbed by the tapioca balls and make them super tasty and sweet.
Here’s a link to the kind of boba pearls I use in my bubble teas:
Choose Your Milk
Different “milks” produce different flavors and textures. I usually use half-and-half, but you could use any type of milk you prefer:
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- Dairy milk (whole, 1%, 2%, skim)
- Condensed milk
- Lactose-free milk
- Soy milk
- Coconut Milk
- Nut milks like almond and cashew
- Non-Dairy Creamer
How To Make Jasmine Milk Tea with Honey Boba
- Brew jasmine tea and cool.
- Prepare honey boba and add to a large glass.
- Add ice and pour in the cooled tea
- Top with your milk of choice.
- Sweeten if necessary