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Cold bubble tea is a refreshing drink filled with balls of tapioca. This video will show you how to make your own cold bubble tea.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Cold Bubble Tea

Hi! I'm Brian Tsao and I'm the executive chef of Mira Sushi & Izakaya in New York City. I'm here for About.com to show you how to make cold bubble tea.

Basic Steps to Make Cold Bubble Tea

To make bubble tea, it requires about 4 steps. The first step is to make the tapioca.  You're going to need 1 cup of tapioca to about 7-8 cups of water. 

For the second part, you're going to need to make a tea base. Generally, for a classic bubble tea, black tea is your best choice. Here, I have some dragon wood oolong tea.

For the third part, we're going to need to make our syrup, which is the basis of our flavor. For our classic, we're going to make a honey simple syrup using 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and half a cup of honey. For our honey simple syrup, it's as simple as combining all the ingredients and bringing it to a boil. 

Making Tea Base

For our tea base, we are going to put our tea in the pot and I generally like to do a 2:1 ratio. That is 2 cups water to 1 cup of tea. We really want this tea to be nice and strong so that after we add all our ingredients, the tea flavor will come through.  

Bubble tea flavors aren't limited to just black tea. You could add in your favorite fruits such as mango puree that I've made from scratch and even different bases such as green tea.

Cooking the Tapioca

Once you've got in your 8 cups of water boiling, you're going to want to pour in your tapioca and just keep it in motion so the tapioca doesn't stick. You're going to want to let it cook for about 5 minutes in boiling water.

Combine Tapioca and Syrup

Once your tapioca is cooked and it's nice and tender but still a little chewy, combine it with your simple syrup. This way the tapioca balls don't stick together and that sweet flavor starts to infuse into the tapioca itself.

Finish Cold Bubble Tea and Serve

First we are going to drain off half a cup of tapioca pearls and place it into our serving glass. Now we're going to take roughly about half a cup of ice and put it into our shaker. One cup of milk, 3 ounces of our syrup and 1 full cup of our tea base. Now shake your mixture, pour the tea mixture over the tapioca, place in a thick straw and now you're ready to serve. 

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