Thai Tea for Two
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Serves: 2
  • For the tea:
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 3-4 organic black tea bags
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • Pinch of anise seeds
  • 1 cardamom pod, crushed
  • ¼ vanilla bean, split open
  • For the boba (makes about ½ cup total):
  • 5 ¼ cups water, ¼ cup used for boba dough
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • To make the Thai Tea:
  • 2 fancy hurricane glasses
  • 2 glass boba straws
  • ¼ cup boba per glass
  • Ice
  • Chilled tea (about 1 cup per glass)
  • 2-4 tbs coconut milk or organic half and half
  1. For the tea: Boil water and add tea bags, sugar and spices. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and set aside to cool while it steeps. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes but up to 2 hours. Once steeped, remove the tea bags and strain out spices. Chill tea.
  2. For the boba: Bring 5¼ cups water to a boil. In a mixing bowl, add ¼ cup boiling water to tapioca flour and mix until it comes together into a play dough-like dough. Dust surface with tapioca flour to prevent sticking. Roll dough into a thing log. Pinch off a piece, about a ¼ inch, and roll into ball shape. Set aside until all dough is rolled into small pea sized balls. Using slotted spoon, place all boba balls in boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes with discarded tea bags (optional), watching water level, adding more if necessary.
  3. Put it all together: Fill two glasses with boba (about ¼ cup each) and add ice. Top with chilled tea (about 1 cup each). Add 1-2 Tbsp coconut milk or half and half to each glass depending on flavor preferences. Drink with fancy glass boba straw.
  4. NOTE: including steep time, the total time for this recipe could be up to 2 hours. The longer the tea and spices steep, the stronger the flavor.
Recipe by Vibrant Life Army Wife at