Bubble Iced Lemon Tea

I’m sure most of you if not all, would have heard of Bubble Tea, the famous concoction from Taiwan. Though I haven’t really made the authentic Bubble tea, I think I’m pretty close to the original version and we had fun slurping up the bubbles after drinking up the chilled tea, on a hot Sunday afternoon! If you made this for kids, I’m sure they’d enjoy it even more 😀


For the Tea:

  • Water – 1 glass + more to dilute the tea
  • Tea powder/Tea leaves – 2 tbsps
  • Sugar – to taste
  • Lime juice – from 1 lime

For the Bubbles:

  • Tapioca Pearls/Sago/Sabudana – 1/2 cup (the chubby variety)
  • Brown Sugar – 4-5 tbsps; dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
  • Water – as required


  • Soak the pearls in water for about 2-4 hours, till they swell a little and get a little soft.
  • Once done, take adequate water in a deep pan, and put in the soaked pearls. Cook on low/medium till they turn soft and squishy. Do NOT cook on high flame, else you will end up with sago starch for your cotton sarees! Each variety may take different time durations to get done, hence I’m not putting down a time duration here. I’d say roughly about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once cooked, drain water and gently rinse in cold water 3-4 times, taking care not to crush the pearls. Refrigerate for atleast an hour.
  • In the meanwhile, completely dissolve the brown sugar in warm water and set aside.
  • Remove pearls from refrigerator and pour the brown sugar solution on them and stir well. You will now have lovely lightly brown-coloured pearls. (I conveniently forgot to douse them in brown sugar water, as you can very well see from the picture. I was in such a hurry to do the photo shoot, and in my excitement, forgot the step altogether…tch!). Put the pearls back in the refrigerator till you serve the tea.
  • Now, get the tea ready. Boil 1 glass of water and add the tea powder and sugar as required (if using honey, you can add at the time of serving). Let it rest till the tea is well infused.
  • Once infused, drain the black tea and allow to cool. If you would like to speed-en the process, let it come to room temperature and then you could put it in the refrigerator.
  • At the time of serving, dilute the chilled black tea with adequate cold water. Add honey (if using) and lime juice. Stir well.
  • In a tall glass/goblet, put in some of the readied pearls and then pour the readied chilled lime tea. Garnish the glass with a wedge/slice of lime and serve immediately.

Though this is a very nascent attempt at home-made Bubble Tea, I hope you all will enjoy this refreshing concoction!

Needless to say, this is going straight to my very own event ‘Serve me Some – Juices, Shakes, Smoothies‘ which is going on all this month. I’ve received some wonderful entries so far. Go on and rush in yours if you haven’t already…8 more days to go!


10 responses to “Bubble Iced Lemon Tea

  1. Novel idea to add the ‘bubbles’. Cool!!

  2. Had this buble tea when we went to Taiwan, i did almost the same bubbled tea long back, looks refreshing.

  3. Looks gorgeous Madhuri. We do get here in many many places – its called Boba Iced tea and they have dedicated stores selling these things. And they have them in a ton of varieties. But, a lot of them use black pearls here – don’t know how they do that!

    Yours look so tempting!

  4. Wow..never knew that the bubbles in Bubble Tea were made with sabudana ! Very nice post, Madhuri.

  5. ohh soo cooling and refreshing….

  6. Thanks all! Do try it out and let me know!

  7. Hey Madhuri,

    Tried the drink last evening… came out really well…
    I used honey instead of sugar.. and tat tasted yum too…

    Thanks for the amazing recipes… and keep them coming.. 🙂

  8. Great share, great recipe! Very useful for me…thank you!

  9. Lol….I had this authentic drink in Taiwan and I just loved it..Can’t believe to see the recipe now…will definitely give a try..bookmarked..:)

  10. Hi! You’ve got an awesome site!! Use of sago for the pearls is interesting! I think i’ll like these better than those black colored jellies sold in SG…

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