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5 from 9 votes

Strawberry Milk Tea

Strawberry milk tea is sweet, refreshing, and simple to make at home! Homemade strawberry syrup, earthy green tea, and almond milk top chewy tapioca pearls in this pink summer drink. Vegan & gluten-free!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Cooling Time30 minutes
Total Time58 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 glasses
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Anjali Shah


  • ½ cup (90g) tapioca pearls
  • cups (410g) fresh diced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (25g) sugar
  • 2 green tea tea bags
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup (236 ml) unsweetened almond milk


  • Bring 1 cup of water to a simmer, remove from the heat, add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags and set aside to cool completely.
  • In a small pot add the diced strawberries, sugar and ¾ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the strawberries are very soft and mushy.
  • Remove from the heat and pour the strawberry syrup through a sieve, pressing with a spoon to get as much juice out of the strawberries as possible.
  • Set the strawberry syrup aside to cool completely.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil, add the tapioca pearls, reduce heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Strain the tapioca pearls. Add the cooked, hot pearls to a small bowl and stir through ½ of the strawberry syrup. Allow to cool completely.
  • To serve: Evenly divide the soaked tapioca pearls and syrup between two tall glasses and top with ice.
  • Divide the tea, milk and remaining strawberry syrup between the two glasses.
  • Serve immediately.




  • Preparing the tea ahead of time - Strawberry syrup and steeped tea can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days before use. Cook and soak the tapioca pearls as needed. 
  • Serving the tea fresh - Once assembled, this tea is best served fresh. Leftover tapioca balls can get mushy or tough. If the drink starts to separate before serving, just give it a stir. 
  • Serving warm or cold- Add ice to the drink to enjoy it cool. Alternatively, it can also be served warm.
  • Making the tea with frozen strawberries - Frozen strawberries can substitute for fresh berries. Do not defrost before use and follow the recipe directions as listed.
  • Sweetening alternatives - Raw, coconut, brown sugar, or maple syrup can all be used in place of granulated sugar. If using coconut or brown sugar, however, it may slightly change the color of the drink. 
  • Adjusting the sweetness - If needed, add more sugar to the syrup to make the drink sweeter. 


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g