Pearl Tea

Total Time:
36 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
15 min
Cook:
16 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 (7-ounce) package pearl tapioca
  • 10 black Chai tea bags
  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • Spiced Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • Ice
  • Large barrel straws
  • Spiced Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
Directions

In a large pot, add the water and the pearl tapioca. Bring to a boil, over medium heat, then cover and cook for 16 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow it to sit another 15 minutes, covered. Strain into a container and add 1/3 cup of the Spiced Simple Syrup. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil over medium heat. Add the tea bags, let steep for 7 minutes and then remove. Allow the tea to cool.

When ready to serve, add 1/3 cup tapioca pearls, 1/3 cup half-and-half, and 1/4 cup spiced simple syrup to each glass. Fill the glasses with ice and top with the tea. Serve with a wide barrel straw to get the pearls.

Spiced Simple Syrup:

Combine all the ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the mixture into a glass jar and discard the cloves and cinnamon. The syrup will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


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