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Ube Milk Tea Recipe: Tasty & Authentic!

ube milk tea

If you are looking for the perfect summer drink, ube milk tea is your answer. This creamy concoction is indulgent, refreshing, and best of all, purple. It is also very adaptable. You can use the type of milk you prefer, substitute ingredients, and have fun with it. Read on below to find an ube milk tea recipe you can try, starting with your ube base!

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What You’ll Need

Ingredients (Ube Base for 8 – 10 drinks)

  • 226 grams of frozen ube (thawed)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ to 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon ube extract

Ingredients (Ube Milk Tea)

  • ½ cup quick-cook tapioca pearls (or make your own if you prefer)
  • 2 cups chilled milk
  • ½ cup ube base
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey (optional and your preference on amount)


  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Container for ube paste storage
  • Blender
  • Mixing spoon
  • 2 10-ounce serving glasses
  • 2 boba straws
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Ube Base Steps

1. Gather ingredients and equipment for ube paste.

Gather the thawed ube, coconut milk, vanilla extract, sugar, evaporated milk, ube extract, your saucepan, measuring spoons and cup, a spatula, and a storage container. Once all these items are gathered, measure ingredients according to the steps above for ube paste.

2. Add ingredients to the saucepan.

Next, place the thawed ube, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sugar in the saucepan.

3. Bring to a boil.

Cook this mixture over medium heat while stirring frequently until it comes to a boil.

4. Cook until thick.

While the mixture cooks, continue stirring but increase the frequency. Do this until the mixture becomes thick and a trail can be left behind when stirring with your spatula.

5. Stir in the ube extract.

When the mixture reaches the right consistency, stir in the ube extract.

6. Add evaporated milk.

Slowly pour ½ a cup of evaporated milk into the mixture until thick, yet still pourable. Add more evaporated milk if needed.

7. Heat through.

Heat through once you’ve added the proper amount of evaporated milk. This normally takes 1 to 2 minutes.

8. Place in a container and refrigerate.

Place your ube base in your sealable container then place in the fridge until ready to use. This recipe makes enough base for 8 – 10 drinks and can be kept in the fridge for 4 – 5 days.

two cups of iced taro milk tea with a bowl of boba on the side
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Ube Milk Tea Steps

1. Gather ingredients and equipment for ube milk tea.

Gather the tapioca pearls, ube base, chilled milk, ice cubes, honey if you choose, a saucepan, mixing spoon, measuring spoon, measuring cup, blender, serving glasses, and boba straws. Once everything is gathered, measure the ingredients for ube milk tea as instructed above.

2. Cook the tapioca pearls.

Next, use your saucepan to cook the tapioca pearls as directed.

3. Soak the pearls.

Soak the cooked tapioca pearls in cold water while you craft the rest of your drink. You can also use the honey to help keep the pearls from sticking.

4. Place the ube base, ice, and milk in the blender.

Add the ice, milk, and ube base to the blender. Blend until well mixed.

5. Add honey. (Optional)

If you want sweeter tea, add your preferred amount of honey to the blended mixture.

6. Divide the pearls.

Drain and divide the tapioca pearls between the two serving glasses.

7. Pour and serve.

Pour your ube milk tea into the serving glasses and serve with boba straws.

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The Ube Milk Tea Experience

When it comes to ube milk tea and the ube base you need to get started, there are a few places you can change things up. One of the biggest changes you can make, however, is using boba pearls instead. If you are a fan of boba pearls and boba tea, this is an easy switch. You can purchase boba to add to your ube milk tea or simply choose a simple recipe and make your own.

If you prefer sweeter tea, honey is possibly the best way to go. While it’s listed as optional in this recipe, if you need the extra sugar kick, it will dissolve easier in the milk and leave you loving your drink.

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Simple Ube Milk Recipe

If you can’t wait to try your own Ube Milk Tea at home, you need this recipe! This quick and easy recipe will walk you through the steps of making your own in minimal time.
5 star average
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 320 kcal


  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Container for ube paste storage
  • Blender
  • Mixing spoon
  • 2 10-ounce serving glasses
  • 2 boba straws


Ingredients (Ube Base)

  • 1,226 grams of frozen ube thawed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ to 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon ube extract


Instructions for Ube Base

  • Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  • Add ingredients to a saucepan except for the ube extract and condensed milk.
  • Bring ingredients to a boil while stirring frequently.
  • Increase stirring frequency while the mixture thickens and a trail is seen when stirred with a spatula.
  • When the proper consistency is reached, stir in ube extract.
  • Add in condensed milk and stir until the mixture is thick yet pourable. Add more evaporated milk if necessary.
  • Heat through for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place in a container and refrigerate for use in ube milk tea.

Instructions for Ube Milk Tea

  • Gather all ingredients and equipment.
  • Use a saucepan tocook the tapioca pearls
  • Once cooked, soak thepearls in cold water.
  • Place otheringredients in the blender and mix until well blended.
  • Add honey if you so desire.
  • Drain and divide the tapioca pearls evenly intothe 2 serving glasses.
  • Pour, serve, and enjoy.


Calories: 320kcal
Keyword simple ube milk recipe

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As you can see, ube milk tea isn’t only refreshing, it can be a fun recipe to experiment with. Feel free to use this recipe, complete with both the tea and ube base, to create your own concoction to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Melissa Gunter

Melissa has been a fan of coffee since the first sip she stole from her Granny's cup when she was just a girl. Now, she spends each morning writing with a hot cup of coffee at her side. With a love of sweet and creamy bliss, Melissa and her daughter, Amber, stop by and try out every local coffee shop they see. Neither are afraid to try something new and have a long list of favorite coffee beverages they simply can't do without. When she's not freelance writing about her 2 passions, coffee, and pets, Melissa spends her time with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 fur babies. She also loves diving into the fiction world under her pen name, Rena Marin. If she isn't at the laptop or with the family, Melissa is out enjoying the mountains of East Tennessee she calls home.

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