Want to know the secret behind my happiness? It’s my sweet, creamy, and aromatic lychee bubble tea or lychee milk tea. With just 4 simple ingredients, this delightful concoction refreshes my summers and keeps me in a good mood.
I am always fascinated by this pure white color, quite different from the brown versions of other milk teas. Learn to crack a code to create this heavenly drink at home in just 15 minutes.
What is Lychee Milk Tea?
Lychee tea milk, also known as lychee boba tea or bubble tea, combines the creaminess of milk and the freshness of black or green tea fused with the tropical goodness of lychee. I personally use jasmine tea for its addictive floral notes that create a harmonious combination with lychee. In addition, jasmine green tea has almost no color influence on the color of the milk tea. Its soft, milky white color feels like fluffy clouds or fresh snow, making you calm, refreshed, and energetic for a long day ahead.
Origins of lychee boba
Boba milk tea was first made in Taiwan during the 1980s. The classic boba tea or milk tea contains milk, boba, and brown sugar. But fruity boba or fruity milk tea gains its population as these drinks become welcome worldwide.
Adding a sweet and exotic lychee flavor with the fun addition of tapioca pearls is a lovely idea to twist your milk tea. The tea was named after two primary ingredients, “milk and lychee” which perfectly depicts its composition and makes it easy for consumers to understand how the tea would taste with the base of milk blended with a distinct lychee taste.
The tea quickly gained popularity and eventually spread all around the map of Asian countries. Now it is a trendy beverage in tea cafes and bubble tea shops worldwide especially when fresh lychee is in season, just at this time of the year.
Taste of lychee boba
Lychee milk tea is just like your old friend that gives you comfort and puts up a bright smile on your face with every sip. Before you take a drink, you’ll encounter the lovely fragrance of jasmine tea with a slightly bitter base that will calm your soul and clear your mind after a long day.
Then comes the smooth, frothy, creamy texture of milk that perfectly balances the bitterness of lychees and enhances its indulgence.
The tapioca pearls in the tea don’t add much to the taste; however, it brings a fun and lovely texture to the drink. In my opinion, slurping and chewing boba pearls, in the end, is all you need to fix your life!
When it comes to lychees, they bring bright, sweet, and faint flavors, adding a lot of dimension to the beverage. One of my favorite things about this drink is that it is super light and doesn’t make me feel overly full or bloated. Every ingredient is used moderately, giving it its signature flavor while keeping it light and yummy.
You require just a handful of ingredients, including lychees, jasmine tea, milk, and tapioca pearls. Sugar and ice are also important for sweetening and chilling the drink. Let’s see how the ingredients contribute to the overall goodness of the drink.
Lychees are the key ingredient and soul of lychee milk tea, bringing sweet and natural flavors. Always use fresh lychees to make this drink if you want its natural texture and sweetness. However, if fresh lychees are not available, I mostly use canned or powdered lychees to pull them off. I love them for their convenience and consistency in their flavor.
Lychee can be great with just teas like iced green tea and black tea.
All the royal frothiness and creamy consistency in the tea comes from the presence of milk in it. You can use any milk you prefer; almond, soy or oat milk can be great options. My personal favorite is coconut milk.
Jasmine tea is my favorite part of the lychee milk tea. Since this fragrant tea is scented with jasmine flowers, it serves as a base for milk tea and imparts a delicate, floral aroma. You can also use black and green tea based on your preference. But black tea will influence the white color slightly.
These chewy spheres of flour and water give lychee milk tea its signature texture. You can use pre-boiled boba pearls in the drink, saving you so much time. However, make sure you store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator as they don’t stay fresh for a long time after boiling.
In addition to traditional tapioca boba pearls, there is still a large group to choose from. Including the popping boba, crystal boba, and jellies. You can also use Lychee jelly to replace the boba pearls.
I don’t use any sweetener for this one because lychee contains lots of sugar itself. In addition, our boba pearls have been soaked in syrup too. So just stir everything well to see whether extra sweetener is needed or not.
lychee milk tea
For boba pearls
- 1/4 cup boba pearls
- 3 L water
- 1 tbsp. simple syrup or syrup of your choice
For each serving cup
- 8 fresh lychee , skin and seeds removed
- ice cubes , as needed
- 1 jasmine green tea bag
- 200 ml hot boiling water
- 100 ml milk
- Soak jasmine tea bags in hot boiling water. Let the tea steep for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to cool down in the refrigerator.
Mash Lychee Fruits
- Remove hard, brown seeds of fresh lychees. Mash them with muddler until juicy and well mashed.
Cook Boba Pearls
- Read the instruction on the package to see how much time needed for cooking the boba pearls. Put the boba pearls in boiling water and cook for required minutes (sometimes maybe 20 minutes or 5 minutes). Turn off the fire and leave the tapioca pearls for another time same as cooking time.
- Rinsing under running water to remove extra starch. Then mix with syrup.
- Add ice cubes to the smashed lychee. Then pour in jasmine tea liquid and then the fresh milk.
- Top with boba pearls. You can also choose to place the boba pearls at the bottom.
- optionally you can adds ome extra sweetner. Taste before adding.
Trying some non-dairy alternatives is the best way to skip milk in your lychee tea while enjoying the milky flavor. Some good non-dairy alternatives are almond and coconut milk.
The high amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, and dietary fiber in lychees make them super healthy. These nutrients improve your digestive health and strengthen your immune system. Moreover, they prevent oxidative stress and keep you hydrated.