Bubbly Strawberry Jasmine Tea

This bubbly strawberry jasmine tea is easy to make at home, and much cheaper than any iced tea drink you'd get at a coffee shop!

boba is a way of life. i was going to mention its relevance in asian american bubbles, but even lufkin, texas, with its 1.37% asian population and positioning in east texas 2ish hours away from the nearest big city (houston), has a boba shop. (also, if you’re wondering how i landed on lufkin, i looked for random places on google map and then yelped if they had boba).

A closeup of this bubbly strawberry jasmine tea so you can see all those bubbles!

ANYWAYS. boba refers to the chewy black tapioca pearls that act as one of the toppings for sweetened milky tea, though i’ve heard it used to reference the whole drink. while i don’t crave pearl milk tea / pmt / boba / bubble tea like my friend b, who would happily have an iv of pmt installed into her arm, i still end up ordering and enjoying something when i tag along for pmt adventures. case in point: a recent trip to boba guys, where i had a strawberry jasmine tea fresca. sweet strawberry + jazzy jasmine tea = happy heather. (jazzy??? bear with me for the sake of alliterations). voila: bubbly strawberry jasmine tea, since carbonation makes things even more exciting. it’s dangerously downable, and even my mom, who likes her tea on the light side (aka a used tea bag dipped in hot water for a few seconds), thought this was refreshing.

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When mixed, this bubbly strawberry jasmine tea is a vibrant strawberry hue.

This bubbly strawberry jasmine tea is easy to make at home, and much cheaper than any iced tea drink you'd get at a coffee shop!
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Bubbly Strawberry Jasmine Tea

This bubbly strawberry jasmine tea is gently sweetened so that it lets the strawberries and tea shine.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 T jasmine green tea leaves
  • 5 medium strawberries diced
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • ice and/or chopped frozen strawberries
  • sparkling water chilled
  • maple syrup or agave to sweeten

Instructions

  1. Let the tea steep in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes. I think 7 is perfect, but adjust accordingly depending on your tastes. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Combine the strawberries and sugar, then let sit until juicy, at least 15 minutes. You can puree the strawberries if you want less texture or a more fruity tea, or if you're lazy, don't. It's delicious either way.
  3. In a tall glass, add the ice and/or frozen strawberries, sugared strawberries (if you opted to not puree them, I'd recommend smashing them a bit with a spoon) and cold tea. Top off with the sparkling water. Stir in maple syrup to sweeten, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want more strawberry flavor, you can add more fresh strawberries, ground freeze-dried strawberries, strawberry jam, etc. Go as strawberry crazy as you want (:

Any liquid sweetener works if you don't have or want to use maple syrup or agave. I like adding it at the end instead of with the hot tea, since it's easier to account for the strawberries' sweetness when you add it at the end.

The layering process of this bubbly strawberry jasmine tea! I like how it looks with strawberries at the bottom, then the ice, then tea, then sparkling water.

This bubbly strawberry jasmine tea features strong tea paired with plenty of summery sweet strawberries, topped off with sparkling water.

more strawberries, pleaseeee
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66 Replies to “Bubbly Strawberry Jasmine Tea”

  1. What a pretty drink Heather!! Wait, am I the first one to comment?? Yaaay!!!!

    1. ding ding ding we have a winner!! thanks maria (:

  2. Hahaha! I love how you landed on Lufkin! I was like, did Heather go to Lufkin!? My grandparents and family are all from east Texas. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to Lufkin, but I’ve been to towns all around it. Anyways, Laura is a huge fan of boba. And this tea sounds quite refreshing for a hot summer day!!

    1. LOL. i started on some random town in ohio (wapakoneta) because i remembered it as a professional dancer’s hometown, but it didn’t quite have what i was looking for, so i ended up with lufkin. anyways, super refreshing, whether or not i randomly reference lufkin 😂

  3. I have never had a boba!! But now I have to! I totally need to make this Heather! Yum! Have a great week 🙂 xoxo

    1. true boba can be a bit weird if you’ve never had it before, so i won’t be offended if you have it and are like WHAT THE HECK IS THIS IT’S CHEWY AND WEIRD. anyways, hope you like boba when you get around to trying it, and hope you like this too (:

  4. The first time i tried boba I hated it. Now I love it but I don’t drink much of it ever since I googled ‘calories in bubble tea’ 🙁 (life in the 30s!!) Love this refreshing drink and the layers in the first pic. looks pretty!

    1. it’s definitely weird the first time you try it! and yeah, boba isn’t quite the healthiest lol. most of the time i steal a couple of sips from my friends’ drinks and i’m good to go (:

  5. I’ve never had boba because I’m so afraid the little tapioca pearls will gross me out. I know, I’m weird. But this tea is so pretty (and I’m a sucker for a pretty drink) that I might just have to try it! LOVE that color! Have a great week, Heather!

    1. oh, i don’t blame you. it can be weird the first time you have it! also psssst: you don’t have to get pearls in your milk tea. people get aloe jelly or pudding or sweet red bean or nothing at all too!

  6. We are a boba house! I’ve been known to buy a bucket of boba at the Asian grocery so we could make endless boba tea! Endless in this case means about a week’s worth. But the strawberry sounds divine! And looks so lovely!

    1. wow, a bucket?! impressive (; the boba got hard so fast the few times i used boba at home, and i didn’t even finish a small package!

  7. I used to drink boba a lot in University – I had a lot of Asian friends haha they also had me eating a lot of foods I never thought I’d try!! This looks delicious, Heather! I love that I can make it at home!

    1. i feel like boba is a good late night study snack; there’s some texture, and plenty of caffeine to keep you (semi) awake while studying lol.

  8. This sounds great- I would love to drink one while lounging in Lufkin!

    xo
    Phyllis

    1. i’m not sure i’d want to go to lufkin (tbh texas/the south in general) in august, but i might be slightly more receptive with a ready arsenal of these (:

  9. This looks sooooo refreshing. WANT!

    1. thanks kimberly!

  10. I love Boba, I can’t wait to make this bubbly strawberry jasmine tea myself. Looks delicious.

    1. thanks mary! pretty easy for how delicious it is (:

  11. This sounds so good, it’s got all my favourite flavours in one drink!

    1. thanks!! i’m on a major fruit + tea kick this summer, and these are definitely some of my favorite flavors right now too (:

  12. How come, I have never heard or tried Boba before :D! This really looks like a refreshing drink! I need to try this soon 🙂

  13. I am all about green tea these days and specially cold with fruits in it. Adding sparkling water at the end.. perfect.

    1. i love green tea too! my office’s green tea leaves something to be desired, so it needs some oomph (preferably in the form of strawberries and sparkling water!).

  14. Love it because it’s different and it’s sooo pretty with the colorful layers! 🙂 Bubbly fun!

    1. i love the pictures with the layers more than the mixed drink. it looks like sunset to me 🌇 (also this is a horrible sunset emoji)

  15. This is the pretties drink ever!

  16. I’ve never had boba before, but I know what you’re talking about and I’m sure I would enjoy it! Speaking of enjoying it, this drink looks so refreshing and that colour is gorgeous! Love those strawberries in there and I bet it super fruity with the jasmine tea.

    1. on a day when you need a cold pick me up (i suppose some people would automatically think beer but i’m much more of a boba girl), try boba! and yes, this drink is super fruity with all the berries (:

  17. Absolutely delicious. Refreshing! A delightful summer drink.

    Velva

  18. I used to drink so much boba especially in my high school days! This strawberry jasmine tea looks pretty and sounds so refreshing. I love strawberries. I have to give this drink a try!

    1. oof same. there’s seriously 5 boba places within a 10 minute walk of my old high school, so i probably went too much oops.

  19. I didn’t know it was called boba! Perfect summer drink!

    1. now you know! on a slight tangent, i think it’s interesting to see what people call boba: sometimes i use “pearl milk tea” and no one has any idea what i’m talking about, even though they know exactly what boba is. i guess it’s like pop vs soda!

  20. I never tried boba, but seeing I really do not like tapioca – the consistency alone makes me cringe in horror – I think I will stay away from it. Though this looks really good and refreshing, might I add!!

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    1. hmm boba is much chewier than normal tapioca, though it is slick (okay, slimy if you want to say market it badly lol) on the outside. a lot of the time boba is an add on anyways, so you could easily get a drink sans boba if you wanted! (:

  21. This is a truly thirst-quenching drink, Heather! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    1. thanks agness (:

  22. I am obsessed with these layers!

  23. Heather, this is gorgeous!!! And its almost 100 degrees in Seattle right now. I am craving every cool and refreshing beverage under the sun!! Love your “process” photo. Super curious how you did it. (I’m so tech challenged!)

    1. glad you liked the gif maria (: it’s actually really easy: take all of your pictures and then edit and crop them. and then upload them into a gif maker (just google “gif maker”) and voila! i didn’t use a tripod (so my angles are a bit variant) and my pictures are slightly different sizes, so not the best, but i do like seeing the different layers to the drink (:

  24. I have never thought to combine strawberries and jasmine tea. You make them look an absolutely delicious combo and I love them both so I am definitely going to give it a go. Yum!

  25. Oh how sad my boba days are gone. At 8 bucks a pop, my wallet just won’t let me do it. I am however super excited about this tea. I bought a mega crap ton of strawberries the other day for a family gathering and it turns out no one ate a single one -_- so this will be on my list of things to enjoy this week. 🙂

    1. $8 for boba?! you must be going to some bougie places. i usually find it for $5-6, which i still think is too expensive. the place i used to go to in high school is still $3; what a steal! also, no one ate the strawberries?! maybe you should come to california so you can feed my family strawberries (;

  26. I love love boba too. This looks refreshing!

  27. Well, since we eat (and drink) with our eyes first this flavor experience is off to a great start. I love refreshing beverages like this, they really seem like a big treat. What a perfect thing to enjoy in these hazy, humid late summer days!

    1. yes! i basically sit and sweat my days away, so sipping on something like this makes things a lot more bearable (:

  28. This is totally new to me, and I drink iced tea all. the. time. I’m definitely going to try it.

    1. it’s a fun take on iced tea! i have a thing where i can drink hot tea unsweetened, but i can’t stand cold tea unsweetened, so adding fruit helps me minimize the amount of maple syrup/sugar/honey/whatever that i have to add (:

  29. This tea looks fantastic and so refreshing.

  30. Nice to know that even smallish towns in Texas have boba! Love the strawberry accented jasmine tea recipe =)

    1. go texas!! i have a bad habit of stereotyping towns; i was in a random little town in utah last week, and was surprised by some of the big name companies and diversity of food that they had. which is a long winded way of saying that maybe i shouldn’t have been so surprised that lufkin has boba (;

  31. It does look very refreshing Heather! I can’t wait for Summer to enjoy popsicles and refreshing drinks soon . I live in Australia btw which is freezing atm 🙁

    1. so refreshing! and i always forget about the different hemispheres; hope you enjoy your summer when we’re all rainy and cold in the states (:

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