Bubbles for Your Troubles

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Adaptogens, Calm, Health & Wellness, Recipes, Stress, Tea

Bubble tea is our new guilty/not so guilty pleasure! This sweet mylk tea is the perfect treat for movie nights in, study sessions or catch ups with friends on zoom. They are super versatile, delicious and highly addictive! Our adaptogenic bubble tea will help all your troubles on the double!

This recipe is gluten free and vegan, made with all natural ingredients instead of the artificial fruit syrups and dyes, most commonly used by retailers. The addition of Thrive Remedies Tea adds flavour and health benefits. We tried this recipe with our Calm, Stress and Defense remedies. You can use whichever one you like depending on your mood. Calm will help you relax and unwind after a busy day at the office. It has flavour notes of rose and hibiscus. Lavender will help you de-stress and improve mental clarity. It has floral undertones of lavender and black currant. Defense will help give you an immune boost during cold and flu season. It has a flavour to an earl grey tea with a hint of bergamot and elderberry. All of them are equally delicious in this recipe! See the full recipe below then keep on reading for some additional notes.

Bubble Tea Recipe

Tapioca Pearls Recipe (boba, 2 servings)


  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour + some for rolling out the dough
  • 2 tbsp of cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp water


Natural black food colouring (squid ink, activated charcoal, dark cocoa powder)


  1. Mix water, sugar and natural black food colouring in a small saucepan
  2. Heat over medium to low heat until it starts to boil slightly and the sugar is completely dissolved
  3. Add half of the tapioca flour and keep stirring until it is incorporated
  4. Turn off the heat and add the remaining tapioca flour
  5. Mix until completely combined
  6. Transfer the dough to a clean floured surface
  7. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth, adding extra flour or water as needed (depending on whether the dough is too wet or too dry)
  8. Separate the dough into 2 portions and roll each into long ropes about a ¼ inch around
  9. Cut into ¼ inch pieces then roll each piece into a ball
  10. Roll each ball in additional flour, so they don’t stick together


You can store uncooked tapioca pearls in an airtight container in the fridge, wrap them tightly to get all the air out, or vacuum seal.

To Cook the Tapioca Pearls

  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil
  2. Add the pearls shaking off any excess flour first, then gently stir, so they don’t stick together
  3. Cook for 20 – 30 min, until they are fully cooked through
  4. Run the cooked pearls under cold water and drain


Cooked tapioca pearls need to be stored immediately in a liquid with sugar in it (like the sweet tea base) so they don’t harden

Sweet Tea Base (2 servings)


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf black tea (we used Assam), or you can use 2 tea bags of black, decaf black, or rooibos tea (caffeine-free options)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup, cane sugar, or other natural sweeteners (all optional)


  1. Boil water in a kettle, then pour over the sweetener and add the black tea leaves
  2. Let steep for 3 – 5 min, then remove the tea leaves from the water


    Store the tapioca pearls in the sweet tea base so they don’t harden for 8-10 hours at room temperature

Bubbles for Your Troubles Recipe

(Per Serving)


  • 1/2 cup of Thrive Remedies
  • ¼ – ⅓ cup of latte oat milk, or milk of choice (a little heavier is better like oat milk or full fat coconut milk)
  • Half of the Tapioca Pearls with the sweetened tea mixture
  • Ice


  1. Add ice and the tapioca pearl sweet tea mixture to a glass
  2. Top with Thrive Remedies Tea
  3. Add in your oat milk
  4. Stir and enjoy!

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Pictured – The Founder of Thrive Remedies enjoying a glass of bubble tea while on a bike trip in Taiwan.

Additional Recipe Options

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan as a milk tea with tapioca pearls to top it off, but it has since evolved and grown. Now you can find all sorts of unique flavours like lychee, green apple, honeydew, tarot and more. Feel free to try mixing up this recipe by adding some fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or mango, or try it blended (blend before adding the tapioca pearls). You can also try making flavoured tapioca pearls with fresh fruit or herbs and spices.

What does bubble tea taste like?

If you have ever had a tea latte or London Fog, it tastes very similar to that. The strong black tea and silky oat milk give it a rich texture. The tapioca pearls are a fun and chewy/gum-like dessert, there’s really nothing like it! The addition of Thrive Remedies pairs perfectly and gives it that elevated fruity/herbal flavour to balance out the rich milk tea base.

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