Who doesn’t want to eat tea bubbles?! And I’m not talking about tapioca pearls, fruit jellies, or popping boba that are commonly added to bubble tea.
Lisa (owner of TeaHaus, Ann Arbor) and her sons are always cooking up new things with tea, and they recently made bubbles, or pearls—not for tea, but using tea.
Passionfruit is a naturally caffeine-free blend (apple pieces, white hibiscus blossoms, freeze-dried passionfruit, mango bits, safflower, marigold flower, cornflower blossoms, and natural flavor) that makes a saturated-yellow cup (read more about passionfruit).
Summer Romance is a naturally caffeine-free blend (apple pieces, rose hips, hibiscus blossoms, elderberries, freeze-dried strawberry and raspberry pieces, strawberry leaves, vanilla pieces, and natural flavor) that brews into a gorgeous crimson color.
So to make your own tea bubbles, first brew a cup of strong tea (Lisa recommends fruit or rooibos blends). Strain the tea and then combine 1 cup of tea with 1 teaspoon agar. Bring to a boil while stirring with a whisk.
Then, using a dropper or syringe, drop the tea-agar liquid into very cold vegetable oil.
Strain the bubbles out and rinse with water.
The tea bubbles are beautiful—and yummy!
Thank you, Lisa, for the recipe and photos!