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Easy 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 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
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


  • 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