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How to Make
Lychee Bubble Tea

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You know what lychee is right? No not exactly. Well let’s find out! 

Lychee is a very delicious and sweet fruit native to Asia but has recently been making a name for itself in other parts of the world. Some of you may have become familiar with it by drinking a lychee martini or another type of alcoholic beverage. Or maybe you’ve been familiar with the taste of lychee through these iconic lychee gummy candies as a kid!

Though it’s popular amongst alcoholic treats and candy, we’re here to talk about how lychee is incorporated into bubble tea to make the best tasting lychee bubble tea. 

With its flavor profile and texture being very close to a grape, it suits well in a sweet bubble tea! The outer shell of lychee doesn’t look anything like a grape with its rough and spiky looking texture but don’t be fooled, it can’t hurt you! The inside of the lychee fruit is fleshy like a grape with a small seed in the middle.

The fleshy goodness of the lychee fruit is what we will be using in this recipe guide plus any of its juices that we can utilize. Let’s not waste any more time, onto the lychee bubble tea full recipe guide below! If you want to learn more about what lychee is you can read more about it here. 

(This recipe does not use lychee bubble tea powder).  

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Prep Time

5 Minutes

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Cook Time

25-30 Minutes

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Total Time

30-35 Minutes

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1-2 Servings

Ingredients you'll need
for making
Lychee Bubble Tea

  • Authentic black tea or green tea leaves
  • 1/4 cup creamer (almond milk, soy milk, etc)
  • Handful of in-season lychee
  • 1/4 cup boba pearls
  • 1/2 cup lychee juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup
  • Handful of ice

How to Make Lychee Bubble Tea

Step 1

You’re in for some delicious lychee boba. Gather all your ingredients and let’s begin! We’ll start off with the long process of brewing the tea and cooking the tapioca pearls first! Let’s begin by getting 2 pots of water ready to boil, pot sizes similar to this will work just fine. One pot will be for our freshly brewed tea and the other will be for the delicious tapioca pearls. 

For the freshly brewed tea, boil about 4-5 cups of water, we’ll only need about 3/4 cups of brewed tea afterward. Be sure to have the water at a rumbling boil, place your fresh tea leaves (black tea or green tea leaves in this case) in the water and bring the heat back down to medium to steep for 6-8 minutes. For lychee bubble teas we usually use green tea rather than black tea. The lightness of green tea meshes quite nicely with the sweetness of lychee juice. 

In the other pot, for tapioca pearls, be sure the water is at a rumbling boil again. Afterward, turn down the heat a bit so that it is medium-high and add your 1/4 cup boba pearls into the water to cook. It typically takes 15-20 minutes to get the right texture in your boba pearls. If you bought your tapioca pearls from your local Asian market, be sure to check the back of the packaging for exact details. 

Step 2

While we play the waiting game for the two pots of water to boil and finish, we will prepare the rest of the ingredients in the mean time for our lychee boba tea. Let’s start with the actual lychee fruit

Grab your handful of fresh and in-season lychee and begin to peel the outer shell so that the flesh is exposed. (It’s okay if you take a bite out of one during the process, they’re irresistible!)  Also, be sure to take out the seed in the middle too! Once you have all the flesh of the juicy lychee, grab your favorite blender or food processor. Any blender or food processor works fine but if you ever want the Mercedes Benz of blenders, be sure to check this Ninja blender out. 

From here we’ll add the prepared lychee into the blender along with your 1/2 cup of lychee juice. Don’t forget the handful of ice too! If you’re unsure where you can buy this, visit your local asian market or get it delivered straight to your doorstep here, that’s what we did! 

Blend up the lychee and its juice so that it’s a very smooth puree, you’re looking for a watery consistency more so than a lumpy texture. Here’s a tip, if you get a spoonful of the blended mix and it runs off the spoon fairly quickly, you know you have the right texture. If it moves at a snails pace, you know you need to give it a few more pulses. 

Step 3

By this time you might have to wait a few more minutes for your freshly brewed tea and tapioca pearls are ready. Once the tea is done brewing be sure to let it cool to room temperature before adding everything together. During this extra waiting time we’ll make the brown sugar syrup, you can also buy this from a local store if you want too. 

If you’d like to make brown sugar syrup from scratch, all you’ll need is a sauce pan with brown sugar and water. Cook it at medium heat until you get a syrup like texture. When your boba pearls are finished cooking, add it into your brown sugar syrup mixture and combine thoroughly for 3-5 minutes. 

Step 4

Now that everything is ready to be mixed together for the final lychee boba, here’s what we have now. Cooked boba pearls mixed with brown sugar syrup, freshly brewed tea (we use green tea like we said before), the blended mixture of lychee and lastly, your choice of creamer. For creamer we really like using non-fat milk for this recipe. 

Let’s add everything together! Start with 1/4 cup of boba pearls, you can make those beautiful brown sugar designs in your cup if you’d like too! Next, we’ll add the 1/4 cup of creamer we choose to use followed by 1/4 cup of your blended mix of lychee. And lastly, add 3/4 cup of the freshly brewed tea that is cooled down.

If you choose to have a lid, shake it all up and serve with your favorite boba straw. If you have no lid, be sure to mix everything thoroughly and enjoy! A cold refreshing lychee bubble tea or lychee boba tea right at home. If you try this out, share it with our exclusive group where boba lovers like you share tips and tricks about their bubble tea experiences. Enjoy! 

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