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Friday, September 26, 2014

 Ginger Bubble  Tea 

Ginger Bubble Tea Ingredients

Fresh Ginger, Lemon, Rosemary
Boba tea is my latest obsession, but if you live in a small town, it is a rare find in a shop or restaurant.  After trying it several times on vacation, I decided to make it at home.   This tea delivers a refreshing drink and a satisfying snack to chew all in one tasty package!  Also know as "bubble tea" the boba or bubbles are large, black tapioca pearls.  They can be found in Asian markets or ordered online, which is my only option. Order boba here or use a search engine to find other options.  **Link is not promotional in nature.  **Boba tea not recommended for young children as it may present a choking hazard.  

Allow to Cool
To prepare 2 servings of Tea you will need: 
12 thin slices of fresh ginger 2-3" long 
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 small sprig of fresh rosemary
2 cups cold water
Bring all ingredients to a boil, turn down to a simmer for 20 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Strain solids from tea and refrigerate.
Prepare 2 bags commercially produced ginger tea, available in most grocery or health food stores, according to directions on box. This will make a more strongly-flavored ginger tea.

To prepare Boba:
1/2 cup dry boba
4 cups water
Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 20-25 minutes achieving a chewy consistency. Strain out water and drop boba into Simple Syrup, cool.

To prepare Simple Syrup:
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup water
Warm water on stovetop, stir in sugar until completely dissolved, cool.

To assemble Bubble Tea:
Add 1/2 of the prepared boba to the bottom of a pretty glass.  Be sure to scoop in some Simple Syrup, as it is the sweetener.  Pour in 1/2 cup ginger tea and 1/2 cup milk.  I prefer using skim milk, but a higher fat content will result in a creamier tea.  Add a "fat straw" to your glass, find a relaxing spot to  sip and chew your way to bubble happiness!  ***Note: boba only hold for a few hours and will begin to lose consistency, turning dry even when held in syrup. 

Boil Boba for 20-25 Minutes for Chewy Consistency
Boil Boba in 4 cups Water for 1/2 cup Boba
Prepare Simple Syrup to Hold Boba
Strain Cooked Boba
Add Strained Boba to Simple Syrup
Spoon 1/4 cup Boba into Glass

Use a Pretty Glass 

Cooled Ginger Tea, Boba, Milk

Pour Glass Half Full of Ginger Tea

Pour Equal Amount of Milk

Enjoy Sipping with a Fat Straw!