Brown Sugar Milk Tea: What is it?

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Brown Sugar Milk Tea

What is Brown Sugar Milk Tea?

Brown Sugar Milk Tea, a luscious blend of rich flavours and textures, has captivated the hearts of many. This beverage, often interchangeably called brown sugar boba, brown sugar bubble tea, or simply sugar milk tea, is a delightful twist on traditional milk tea. Its uniqueness lies in the use of brown sugar, which imparts a deep, caramelised sweetness, setting it apart from other tea-based drinks.

The Essence of Brown Sugar Milk Tea

At the heart of brown sugar milk tea is the brown sugar syrup, a concoction that requires careful preparation. To create this syrup, combine brown sugar with water in a small saucepan and simmer until it thickens slightly. This syrup is then artistically drizzled along the sides of a tall glass, forming the iconic tiger stripes that are synonymous with tiger sugar milk tea.

Milk: The Creamy Base

Milk plays a pivotal role in brown sugar milk tea, providing a creamy base that complements the sweetness of the brown sugar. While fresh milk is commonly used, variations include non-dairy milk alternatives for those with dietary preferences. The milk and brown sugar syrup blend harmoniously, creating a drink where the milk’s flavour is present but not overpowering.

Tapioca Pearls: The Chewy Delight

No brown sugar milk tea is complete without tapioca pearls. These pearls, made from tapioca starch, are what give bubble tea its distinctive chewy texture. For brown sugar boba, the pearls are often cooked and then soaked in brown sugar syrup, enhancing their sweetness and chewiness. The quality of the boba pearls is crucial; they should be perfectly cooked according to package instructions, ensuring a texture that is neither too hard nor too mushy.

Variations and Additions

While the classic brown sugar milk tea is a delight in itself, variations abound. Some add black tea or green tea to introduce a tea flavour, transforming it into a tea-based drink. Others might include unique toppings like coconut jelly or coffee jelly for an extra flavour dimension. For those watching their nutrition, calories can be adjusted by controlling the amount of brown sugar and milk used.

Preparing Brown Sugar Milk Tea at Home

Making brown sugar milk tea at home can be a rewarding experience. Start by steeping tea bags or loose leaf tea in boiling water, if you prefer a tea-infused version. Then, prepare the brown sugar syrup and cook the tapioca pearls. Once the pearls are cooked and have cooled slightly, combine them with the syrup. In a separate glass, pour the milk over ice, and then gently add the brown sugar syrup and tapioca mixture. Stir occasionally to ensure maximum flavour infusion.

Brown sugar milk tea kitchen


  • Tapioca Pearls
  • 80 g tapioca starch
  • 50 ml water
  • 80 g brown sugar
  • Boba Drink
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 600 ml fresh milk


Tapioca Pearls

Combine 50ml water and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until well mixed. Add half the tapioca starch, stirring thoroughly. Remove from heat and incorporate the remaining starch to form a dough.

Shape the dough into a ball, using extra starch if it’s sticky. Flatten to a thickness of 2-3cm and cut into small squares. Shape these squares into balls.

Boil the pearls over high heat for 6-8 minutes, or until they float. Then, transfer them to an ice bath.

Boba Drink

In a saucepan, mix 30ml water with brown sugar. Boil until it turns into a thick, translucent brown syrup. Reduce heat to low and simmer the pearls in the syrup for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool and thicken.

To Serve

In a saucepan, mix 30ml water with brown sugar. Boil until it turns into a thick, translucent brown syrup. Reduce heat to low and simmer the pearls in the syrup for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool and thicken.

Drizzle a few spoonfuls of syrup inside a glass, tilting it to create tiger stripes. Add the tapioca pearls, then fill with fresh milk. For a Mudflip tea variation, use a mason jar. Pour syrup at the bottom and top with milk.

Notes: If using pre-made tapioca pearls, omit the first three steps and follow the package instructions.

Brown Sugar Milk Tea in a cafe

Conclusion: A Drink for All Occasions

Brown Sugar Milk Tea, with its rich layers of brown sugar, milk, and chewy tapioca pearls, is more than just a drink; it’s an experience. Whether you’re enjoying a homemade version or sipping one from your favourite bubble tea shop, this iconic drink is a testament to the delicious recipes and culinary creativity that bubble tea has inspired. From its tiger stripes to its syrupy sweetness and creamy texture, brown sugar milk tea is a beverage that delights the senses in every sip.


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