Strawberry Milk Tea (Boba Tea)

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Sweet, creamy and refreshing strawberry milk tea made with deliciously chewy boba aka tapioca pearls and hibiscus tea. Vegan and gluten-free.

A clear glass bottle filled with a pink liquid and brown tapioca pearls.
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❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy to make.
  • The boba pearls in milk tea are fun to eat!
  • It’s a beautiful, vibrant drink with delicious flavors and the perfect sweetness level.
  • It’s caffeine-free and kid approved.
  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free.

For a more classic boba, check out this Brown Sugar Milk Tea. Also see this Strawberry Glaze Smoothie!

A tall glass bottle filled with strawberry milk tea.

🗒️ Ingredient Notes

Sugar: I like to use coconut sugar, but any granulated sugar will work well to make the strawberry simple syrup for this recipe.

Hibiscus tea: Hibiscus tea is decaffeinated tea that works really well with the flavor of strawberries and also makes it a bubble tea suitable for kids. Having said this, you can replace the hibiscus tea with a green tea such as jasmine, which is a more traditional choice for a milk tea or even black tea, if you prefer.

Strawberry powder: I find freeze dried strawberry powder works really well and creates a stronger strawberry flavor than when fresh strawberries are used to make a syrup.

Milk: I love the flavor and creaminess of oat milk, but any conventional dairy milk (if not vegan) or plant-based milk will do. My other favorites include soy milk and almond milk. For an extra fun variation, try vanilla milk.

Tapioca pearls: Tapioca pearls (also known as “boba”) come in a few different varieties. I prefer the large black or brown tapioca pearls (aka brown sugar boba) that are made with brown sugar for this purpose. I also prefer buying the natural tapioca pearls, over the conventional ones made with unnecessary preservatives and such.

Strawberries scattered on a light grey table next to a bottle of strawberry bubble tea.

♨️ How to Make Strawberry Milk Tea

A mesh strainer filled with boba pearls rests on a bright red mixing bowl.
A purple whisk rests in a small saucepan filled with a red syrup.
A glass filled with brown tapioca pearls.
  1. You will begin by preparing the tapioca pearls, the strawberry simple syrup, and the hibiscus tea.
  2. To bring it all together into a strawberry boba tea, you will add ice (preferably nugget ice) to a glass, followed by tapioca pearls, syrup, tea, and milk.
  3. Give a little stir and enjoy!
A wooden spoon filled with red powder rests next to a glass carafe filled with a light red liquid.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

What does strawberry milk tea taste like?

Strawberry milk tea tastes very much like strawberries, in a creamy sweet form!

Does strawberry milk tea boba have caffeine?

This strawberry bubble tea recipe does not contain caffeine. If you choose to use a caffeinated tea instead of the hibiscus tea, then yes, it will have caffeine.

Can I store this strawberry boba tea recipe?

Yes. You can prepare the components separately ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days before combining them to make bubble tea.

A large boba tea straw sticks out of a clear glass filled with a pink liquid and  freshly sliced strawberries.

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Sweet, creamy and refreshing strawberry milk tea made with deliciously chewy boba aka tapioca pearls and hibiscus tea. Vegan and gluten-free.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Boba Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


Tapioca Prep

  • ½ cup boba aka tapioca pearls cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained

Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar of choice I like to use coconut sugar
  • cup strawberry powder

Bubble Tea

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 1 cup milk of choice I like to use oat milk
  • ice for serving optional


  • Cook the tapioca pearls according to package directions, then rinse, drain and set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, add the water, sugar and strawberry powder. Bring to a simmer while whisking, then turn the heat to a low simmer and place a lid on. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, then turn the heat off and allow the syrup to cool.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over the hibiscus tea bag, allowing it to steep for 5 minutes and then let it cool.
  • To make strawberry bubble tea: add ice to a glass if using, followed by 1/4 cup boba pearls, 1/2 cup strawberry syrup, 1/2 cup tea and 1/2 cup milk. Repeat for the second serving.
  • Enjoy! Please note: milk tea is more easily enjoyed with a special boba straw.


Optionally: garnish with sliced fresh strawberries.
This is my favorite boba straw for drinking bubble tea.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 144g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 103g | Vitamin C: 482mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 9mg
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