Oolong is one of the lesser known but most exciting types of tea in China. If you thought black and green tea were neat, wait until you try this funky stuff!
Oolong tea is semi-oxidized tea that gains flavor depth and richness through its production process. What you get is a fine-quality gourmet tea that’s genuinely taking tea lovers by storm right now — particularly impressive, considering the style has been around for thousands of years!
When you think of a boba milk tea, you probably make yours with black tea, but that’s a missed opportunity if you ask me. You can get bags of whole-leaf oolong tea and make your favorite caffeinated drink something magical.
Quick tip: You can make this Oolong milk tea hot or iced, it’s a great drink either way so I recommend trying both variations! The second way to alter this recipe is to add or leave out the tapioca pearls at the end, in case you don’t have them handy – no big deal.
To make milk tea, you need milk and tea, of course. The milk can be anything, from coconut milk to regular cow’s milk; it really doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it.
The tea, though, should be of the highest quality, even if it’s a bit pricier. That’s particularly true for oolong, which is a coveted type of tea not found everywhere.
We’re infusing water with the tea and combining it with milk for the base. Then we’re sweetening it with honey (or your favorite sweetener) and adding some chewiness to the drink with tapioca or boba.
That’s an ancestral drink made trendy — even the young crowd will love this one. Talking about making oolong fashionable again. Don’t you agree?
By the way, you need not add the tapioca for this one to be a wonderful drink, but tapioca is fun, and you can buy it online and hydrate it quickly, so why not give it a try?
Okay, for this one, the most evident variation is using any type of tea you want. Of course, oolong is highly recommended. You can also use any milk or milk alternative and your favorite sweetener, even low-calorie options.
When it comes to tapioca balls, try the classic black ones for a typical milk tea, but go crazy with more colorful, flavored pearls for an equally attractive drink!
Let’s make ourselves a cup of refreshing and ancient oolong milk tea.
Brew the oolong tea in the water with your favorite teapot or brewing method.
Combine the tea with the milk and sweeten to taste with honey.
Pour the milk tea into two cups filled with ice and scoop in the tapioca pearls.