Boba Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Boba Cocktail, also known as the Bubble Tea Cocktail, is a fun and innovative drink that combines the best of the East and the West. It originated from the creative minds of mixologists who wanted to bring a new twist to the traditional cocktail scene. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy experimenting with unique flavors and textures. It's a hit among the younger crowd, especially those who are fans of the popular Asian drink, Bubble Tea.

How Boba Cocktail Tastes?

The Boba Cocktail offers a sweet and creamy taste with a hint of fruitiness from the liqueur. The chewy tapioca pearls add an interesting texture that makes this cocktail a unique drinking experience.

Interesting facts about Boba Cocktail

  • The Boba Cocktail is a fusion of a traditional cocktail and the popular Asian drink, Bubble Tea.
  • The 'Boba' in Boba Cocktail refers to the tapioca pearls that are a key ingredient in Bubble Tea.
  • This cocktail is a fun and creative way to enjoy a drink, with the chewy tapioca pearls adding an interesting texture.


  • Vodka: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Cream liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Fruit syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Tapioca pearls: 0.5 cup
  • Ice cubes: As needed

A few good options for Boba Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The vodka is the canvas of our cocktail; with its relatively neutral flavor, it allows the cream liqueur and fruit syrup to shine. A 1.5 oz pour is just right — any less, and your Boba might get shy in the mix; too much, and it may start a party you're not ready for.

Mary Mitkina

Cream Liqueur

This 1 oz of liquid gold gives our Boba Cocktail its velvety mouthfeel. Omit it, and you'll be sipping on what feels like a milky ghost town. Swap it with Bailey's or another creamy alternative to change the landscape.

Alex Green

Fruit Syrup

A sweet 0.5 oz splash of fruity magic ties it all together. No syrup is like a painting without color—but hey, if you're into abstract boba, who am I to judge? Opt for raspberry or strawberry syrup for a berry explosion.

Emma Rose


The luscious river that is 1 cup of milk balances the alcohol and embraces the pearls. Milk-less? You'd have a boba-less boozy punch. Almond or soy could tag in for a vegan twist.

Mary Mitkina

Tapioca Pearls

These 0.5 cup of chewy delights are the heart of the cocktail. Miss them out? It's like a beach without sand. They're irreplaceable, but if you're in a crunch, popping boba with juice inside could add an unexpected pop.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

Icicles to keep our boba universe cool As needed; they're the silent heroes. Forget them, and prepare for a lukewarm surprise. Want something fancier? Try crushed ice for a snow-like wonderland.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Boba Cocktail Drink

  1. Cook the tapioca pearls according to the package instructions.
  2. In a shaker, combine the vodka, cream liqueur, fruit syrup, and milk. Shake well.
  3. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  4. Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice.
  5. Add the cooked tapioca pearls.
  6. Stir gently and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to cook the tapioca pearls properly. They should be chewy, not hard or overly soft.
  • You can use any flavor of fruit syrup to customize the taste of your Boba Cocktail.
  • Serve with a wide straw to enjoy the tapioca pearls.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Foods: The creamy and sweet nature of the Boba Cocktail pairs nicely with the savory crunch of fried appetizers like spring rolls or chicken tenders.


  • Fruit Tarts: The fruit flavors in the Boba Cocktail can complement the freshness of fruit tarts, making for a delightful end to a meal.


  • Asian Fusion: Given the origin of tapioca pearls, this cocktail would go well with Asian fusion dishes that balance sweet, sour, and savory flavors.

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What you could change in Boba Cocktail

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with rum or gin.
  • Cream liqueur: Can be substituted with a non-alcoholic creamer for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Fruit syrup: Can be substituted with any flavored syrup of your choice.

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Green Tea Boba Cocktail

Swap out the milk for chilled green tea and eliminate the cream liqueur. This will give you a fresh and earthy Boba encounter, with the subtle bitterness of green tea that cradles the sweet and potent vodka nicely.

Chocolate Boba Cocktail

Use chocolate milk instead of regular milk and a chocolate liqueur in place of the cream liqueur. The result? A seductive twist that's like a liquid dessert with a boozy kick, garnished with grated chocolate on top for the finale.

Coconut Boba Cocktail

Go tropical by using coconut milk and a splash of coconut syrup instead of fruit syrup. This twist is like a mini-vacation in a glass, best served while daydreaming of sunny beaches and swaying palm trees.

In case you forgot basics how to make Boba Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

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Frequently Asked Questions on Boba Cocktail

What is the origin of tapioca pearls?

Tapioca pearls are made from tapioca starch, which is extracted from the cassava root, native to South America. They became popular in many Asian countries, including Taiwan where bubble tea was invented.

What's the alcohol content of the Boba Cocktail?

The Boba Cocktail has 10% alcohol content as per the listed macros in the recipe.

Are there non-alcoholic versions of the Boba Cocktail?

Yes, one can make a non-alcoholic version of the Boba Cocktail by substituting vodka with a non-alcoholic ingredient such as water or lemonade, and using a non-alcoholic creamer instead of a cream liqueur.

What type of vodka should I use for the Boba Cocktail?

Any vodka brand will work for this recipe. However, for a more luxurious experience, using a top-shelf vodka will enhance the taste.

Can I make the Boba Cocktail ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the cocktail mixture ahead of time. However, I recommend adding the tapioca pearls just before serving to avoid them getting too soft.

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