DIY Iced Coffee/Bubble Tea

For those who don’t know, bubble tea (a.k.a. boba milk tea, pearl milk tea, etc.) is a yummy tea-based drink that is usually mixed with milk and/or some sort of fruit. Quite often, it’s most recognizable feature is a pile of chewy tapioca balls that settle, waiting to be slurped up, at the bottom of the drink. It comes in a wide variety of flavors and is occasionally  blended with ice.

The main thing to remember about bubble tea, however, is that it’s delicious.

After spotting a few different variations of one particular bubble-tea-with-a-twist concoction, it was finally time to give it a try…


DIY Iced Coffee Bubble Tea

Yes, today’s recipe features bubble tea, but with iced coffee. I know, I know – just try to control your taste buds




  • 1 serving of coffee (I used regular, but cold brew would work great too)
  • 1/3 cup milk (more or less, depending on how you like your coffee)
  • 1/3 cup of dry tapioca pearls (available online – example here)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ice cubes


Step 1: If you’re using regular coffee like I am, it’s a good idea to make it first and then place in the fridge to cool. If you’re using cold brew, don’t worry about this step.

Step 2: It’s time to cook the tapioca pearls! First, bring your water to a boil. Once boiling, add dry tapioca to the pot and give a quick stir.

*The particular brand I am using suggests using 10 cups of water for every 1 cup of tapioca. For this recipe, we’ll add about 3-4 cups of water to the pot.

Step 3: Once the pearls start floating to the top of the water, cover the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes at medium heat. Once that time is up, turn the heat down low and let simmer for 2 more minutes.

*Check your package of tapioca pearls for exact instructions.

Step 4: While the tapioca pearls are cooking, fill a bowl with cold water. Once they are done, scoop them out of the boiling pot and place into the bowl of cold water. Let sit for 20-30 seconds.

Step 5: Once you’ve let the pearls sit, scoop them into a dry bowl and mix with your honey.



*You can use a variety of sweeteners for this step – sugar, maple syrup, simple syrup, agave nectar…whichever you prefer.

Step 6: Now that the tapioca pearls are done, it’s time to get started on our *bubble iced coffee* as I am affectionately calling it. Scoop the tapioca pearls and honey into the glass you’re going to make the drink in.



Step 7: Pour your coffee/cold brew over the tapioca pearls. Then, add a few ice cubes.

Step 8: For dramatic effect, I save the milk for last just so I can watch it swirl through the coffee and ice cubes after it’s poured.

Step 9: Grab a straw and you’re done!


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