Popping Boba Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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 Popping Boba Cocktail is a modern twist on the classic cocktail, incorporating the fun and playful element of popping boba pearls. These pearls are a popular topping in bubble tea, a Taiwanese drink that has gained worldwide popularity. The cocktail is a favorite among adventurous drinkers who enjoy experimenting with unique and unusual ingredients.

  • Adventurous drinkers: Those who enjoy trying new and unique cocktails
  • Bubble tea lovers: Those who enjoy the sweet and chewy boba pearls in their drinks

How Popping Boba Tastes?

The Popping Boba Cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy flavors. The popping boba pearls add a fun, unexpected burst of flavor that enhances the overall drinking experience.

Interesting facts about Popping Boba

  • The popping boba pearls used in this cocktail are filled with fruit juice that bursts in your mouth when bitten into.
  • The cocktail is a fun and playful drink that is perfect for parties and social gatherings.
  • The Popping Boba Cocktail is a modern cocktail that combines traditional cocktail elements with the fun and playful aspect of bubble tea.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Popping boba pearls: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Sparkling water: Top up

A few good options for Popping Boba are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The vodka is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a clean, neutral canvas that allows the other flavors to shine. Using 2 oz gives the drink enough kick without overpowering the delicate boba and lemon. Skimp on it, and you'll have a weak cocktail; too much, and you'll be blowing steam like a shaken soda bottle!

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Popping Boba Pearls

These little guys are the life of the party, bringing a fun textural element and an extra flavor burst. At 1 oz, they're a playful guest, but not a dominating presence that steals the spotlight from the vodka and lemon mix.

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Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice is the zesty jazz hands in the performance, making everything feel refreshed and vibrant. Altering the 1 oz portion would either overshadow the cocktail's other elements or leave it tasting flat.

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Simple Syrup

This is the cocktail's sweet whisper, balancing the lemon’s tartness. The 1 oz is carefully measured to maintain harmony with the lemon juice. If you miss it, the cocktail might give your taste buds a sour pucker.

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Sparkling Water

This ingredient adds fizz and dilutes our concoction, creating the Popping Boba Cocktail's overall effervescence and drinkability. Pouring too much could drown the flavors, too little, and the drink lacks its signature sparkle.

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Recipe. How to make Popping Boba Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with popping boba pearls.
  5. Top up with sparkling water.
  6. Stir gently to mix.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Be careful when biting into the popping boba pearls as they can squirt out juice.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi: The clean and crisp flavors of a sushi platter complement the lightness of the Popping Boba cocktail.
  • Cheese Board: A selection of mild to medium cheeses, such as brie or gouda, enhance the cocktail's citrus notes and sparkling effervescence.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Salad: The lemon dressing on a hearty salad will mirror the citrus in the cocktail, creating a refreshing dining experience.
  • Seafood Pasta: Light cream or olive oil-based seafood pasta dishes balance well with the acidity and bubbles of the cocktail.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A tangy lemon sorbet enhances the tartness of the cocktail, making for a zesty end to a meal.
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta: The creamy sweetness of vanilla panna cotta softens the cocktail's sharpness and complements its sweetness.

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What you could change in Popping Boba

  • Vodka can be replaced with gin for a more botanical flavor.
  • You can use different flavors of popping boba pearls to add a unique twist to the cocktail.

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Berry Boba Blast

Swap out lemon juice for mixed berry purée and use berry-flavored boba pearls. This will result in a fruitier, sweeter cocktail with a burst of berry flavors. Perfect for summer sipping!

Spicy Ginger Pop

Add a slice of fresh ginger and a splash of ginger beer in place of sparkling water. This will give the cocktail a spicy kick and an extra layer of complexity. Great for those who like a bit of heat!

Mojito Boba Magic

Replace vodka with white rum and add fresh mint leaves. Muddle the mint with the simple syrup before shaking. Top with sparkling water and the boba pearls for a tropical take on the classic minty mojito!

In case you forgot basics how to make Popping Boba

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Popping Boba

What type of glass is best to serve the Popping Boba Cocktail in?

The Popping Boba Cocktail is usually served in a highball glass to accommodate the popping pearls and the beverage.

Is the Popping Boba Cocktail traditionally a winter or summer drink?

The Popping Boba Cocktail can be enjoyed all year round. It is particularly popular in the summer for its refreshing and fruity nature.

Can non-alcoholic Popping Boba Cocktails be made?

Absolutely, just replace the alcoholic component with non-alcoholic alternatives such as fruit juices or flavored soda.

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