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Wintermelon Milk Tea Recipe With Boba

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Easy wintermelon milk tea is a refreshing, sweet bubble tea made with fresh wintermelon, jasmine tea, brown sugar, and chewy tapioca pearls! Serve this fruity beverage for a quick pick-me-up or mid-afternoon treat. Vegan, gluten-free and easily made kid-friendly too!

Easy wintermelon milk tea with boba pearls in a glass with a straw.

Boba drinks are my fave! I love the combination of boba tea with chewy tapioca pearls soaked in a brown sugar syrup. And this wintermelon milk tea recipe has a subtle sweetness and slight floral flavor from the Jasmine tea.

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If you love boba tea, this fruity drink with a homemade syrup will make you swoon. It’s light and refreshing, plus you get an added boost of health benefits from the wintermelon. It takes a little bit of time to make, but trust me, it’s so worth it!

🍈 What Is Wintermelon?

Wintermelons, also known as ash gourds, wax gourds, or scientifically Benincasa Hispida, are large green fruits with white flesh and a neutral flavor. This versatile fruit is native to Southeast Asia, harvested during the summer and autumn months, then enjoyed in soups, sweets, and stir-fries.

They are a member of the gourd family along with cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins! Wintermelon’s cool name is due to the fact it’s picked in the summer, but has a long shelf life and can be stored until the cooler months of winter. Small winter melons have fuzzy hairs on the fruit’s surface that give way to a waxy sheen once they mature.

👩‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Perfect drink for boba enthusiasts & bubble tea lovers
  • This winter melon milk tea recipe is a sweet refreshing drink!
  • Great for the hot summer months, but delicious year round too.
  • High antioxidant content
  • Naturally gluten free
  • Vegan and dairy free
  • Unique drink with subtle flavors
  • Best wintermelon milk tea recipe ever!!

🥘 Ingredients

You only need seven ingredients for this easy recipe! Wintermelon milk tea ingredients are as follows:

Ingredients for wintermelon milk tea recipe.
  • Wintermelon: Find wintermelons at Asian grocery stores or well-stocked specialty grocery stores. They boast a vegetal appearance that resembles a large cucumber or oblong watermelon. Cooking it intensifies the wintermelon flavor!
  • Brown Sugar: To sweeten the fruit syrup and the tapioca pearls! Sugar encourages the wintermelon to release its juice and helps thicken the mixture. Note: with the brown sugar added, this drink does have a high sugar content. For a lower sugar option, see the variations below.
  • Rock Sugar: If you can’t find rock sugar, coconut sugar or more brown sugar works fine too.
  • Jasmine Tea Bags: Green jasmine tea has a light, floral flavor that doesn’t overpower this subtle tasting fruit. Any type of green tea or black tea can be subbed in its place though.
  • Tapioca Pearls: Tapioca or boba pearls are chewy tapioca balls that sit on the bottom of your drink for a sweet and fun surprise!
  • Maple Syrup: For additional sweetness, if desired. Light agave nectar works great too!
  • Oat Milk: Milk, hence the name milk tea, makes the drink creamy! I used unsweetened oat milk, but cashew, almond, or whole milk are good options too. Just keep in mind, if you use whole milk this winter melon drink recipe won’t be vegan.
  • Ice: Plenty of ice cubes to keep it ice cold!

📖 Variations

Winter melon bubble tea is easy to customize! Try swapping the tea, milk, or flavoring for something new.

  • Tea: Feel free to swap the Jasmine tea with another type of green, black, oolong, or white tea.
  • Milk: Creamy milk is an essential part of any boba tea. Feel free to use regular milk or your favorite plant-based version. Soy, coconut, and almond milk are great options.
  • Low Sugar Option: Turn this into a low sugar dessert by replacing the brown sugar with powdered monk fruit, and feel free to replace the maple syrup with a sugar free syrup!
  • Flavor: The flavors and opportunities are endless! Try flavored syrups and fruit purees such as mango, strawberry, peach, or coconut. For less sugar, cut back on the brown sugar or use artificial sweeteners instead.

🔪 How To Make Wintermelon Milk Tea With Boba

Macerate Wintermelon: Peel and dice the watermelon and place it into a bowl. Sprinkle winter melon cubes with a little bit of brown sugar, then stir well. Let it sit for an hour.

Winter melon and sugar resting in a mixing bowl.

Boil Wintermelon: Pour the wintermelon and its juices into a pot and bring to a boil.

Melon sauteeing in a pot.

Simmer Wintermelon: Add the rock sugar, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Stir at least every 5 minutes to prevent the bottom of the pot from burning.

Winter melon cooking in a pot.

Make Wintermelon Syrup: Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the melon into a high-speed food processor and blend until smooth.

Winter melon puree in a food processor.

Strain: Strain the watermelon puree, set it aside, and let it cool.

Wintermelon puree in a bowl.

Make Tea Base: Bring 2 cups of water to a simmer and remove it from the heat. Add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool.

Jasmine green tea steeping in a mug.

Boil Boba Pearls: While the tea cools, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Strain pearls, transfer to a small bowl, and stir in the brown sugar. Set aside to cool.

Boba pearls in a mixing bowl.

Assemble Jasmine Milk Tea: Divide the tapioca pearls and syrup between two glasses. Top with ice.

Jasmine tea added to glasses with boba.

Add wintermelon juice, tea, and milk.

Non dairy milk added to wintermelon tea.

Enjoy winter melon boba immediately!

Wintermelon boba tea in a glass with ice.

❓Recipe FAQs

Is wintermelon milk tea healthy?

Wintermelon milk tea is a healthier option because it contains winter melon, a type of gourd with medicinal properties. It carries a high amount of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. It may ease gastrointestinal distress and high blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and protect your body against cell damage. If you make this winter melon tea with monk fruit instead of the brown sugar, it’s a much healthier option than what you’d find at your local boba tea shop!

What does wintermelon milk tea taste like?

Winter melon green tea has a mild but refreshing flavor similar to a cucumber. It’s slightly grassy and tastes delicious paired with brown sugar and jasmine tea.

Should I use syrup or milk tea powder?

Homemade milk tea tastes better than the pre made powder, but the powder is helpful if you’re in a hurry. It already contains the tea, milk, and sweetener. All you have to do is mix it with hot water then refrigerate and add ice.

Can I make winter melon boba tea ahead of time?

It’s best to enjoy milk tea fresh, but you prepare the elements ahead of time then assemble before you plan to drink it. Make the Jasmine tea and the wintermelon puree up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container. Mix and add the milk right before you plan to drink it!

How Much Caffeine is in Winter melon boba tea?

Wintermelon milk tea caffeine content will depend on what type of tea you use and how long it’s steeped. A cup of tea typically contains around 25 mg per 8 ounce cup.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Try to dice the winter melon into small cubes so they cook evenly.
  • If you want the drink to be even sweeter, stir in more maple syrup or agave. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out.
  • If you want to sweeten the drink with honey instead of maple syrup, be sure to do it while the tea is hot. Otherwise the honey won’t dissolve. Also keep in mind that if you use honey, the tea will no longer be vegan friendly.
  • Don’t forget to add ice!! It’s essential to giving you a cool, balanced drink.
Vegan wintermelon milk tea with boba pearls in a glass with a straw.

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Wintermelon Milk Tea

Wintermelon milk tea is a refreshing, sweet bubble tea made with fresh wintermelon, jasmine tea, brown sugar, and chewy tapioca pearls! Serve this fruity beverage for a quick pick-me-up or mid afternoon treat.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Anjali Shah


  • 10 ounces wintermelon
  • cup brown sugar or powdered monk fruit
  • 1 tbsp rock sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3 Jasmine tea bags
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup oat milk
  • 1 cup ice
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  • Peel and dice the wintermelon and place into a bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar, mix well, and allow to sit for 1 hour.
  • Pour the wintermelon and all juices into a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Sprinkle with rock sugar or coconut sugar, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes while stirring every 5 minutes to prevent the wintermelon from burning. Once cooked the wintermelon will be translucent and the juices will have thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and place the wintermelon and juices into a highspeed food processor and blitz until smooth.
  • Strain the wintermelon pureé, set aside and allow it to cool.
  • Meanwhile simmer 2 cups of water, remove from the heat and add the tea bags, steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and allow the tea to come to room temperature.
  • While the tea is cooling bring a small pot of water to a boil, add the tapioca pearls, reduce heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Strain the pearls, add to a small bowl, and stir through the brown sugar. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • To assemble the drink: Evenly divide the soaked tapioca pearls and syrup between four glasses.
  • Divide the ice between the glasses, top with the wintermelon syrup, tea, and milk.
  • Serve immediately


  • Note: for a lower sugar option, use powdered monk fruit instead of the brown sugar. If you use monk fruit, each serving of tea will have only 136 calories, 33 grams carbs, 1 gram protein, 25mg sodium, 1 gram fiber and only 14 grams sugar. 
  • Dice the wintermelon into small cubes to enable even cooking.
  • Cook and soak the tapioca pearls when needed.
  • Adding ice to the drink makes it lovely and chilled.
  • Any sugar, sugar substitute, maple syrup or honey can be used to sweeten this drink.
  • Any plant based milk will work in this recipe.


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g

8 responses to “Wintermelon Milk Tea Recipe With Boba”

  1. Wonderful tea recipe with a slight sweetness and flavor. Love the use of Jasmine tea. A comforting drink.5 stars

  2. We love those chewy tapioca pearls too. I’m new to wintermelon but loved your description and now I am excited to try it in this drink!5 stars

  3. What a lovely drink! I made it without the tapioca pearls, but really enjoyed the flavour of the tea itself! Great recipe!5 stars

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