Archive for the 'beverages' Category

Mike’s Perfect Boba

My husband became completely infatuated with boba recently. (You can read about it on his blog, here.)  For those who may not know, it’s a drink with tapioca pearls in it, so when you drink, you also get to chew.  It’s odd but highly addictive.  
After sampling most of the flavors at the new boba place in town, he decided it was much more economical to make it himself.  After perusing a dozen recipes in various places on the internet, and making a few test batches, here is the recipe for success.

Milk tea mixture:
(makes about 40 oz.) 

5 cups water

4 black tea bags
1 1/4 cups non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup simple syrup
Boil water in a medium saucepan.  
Steep tea bags in water for about 4 minutes.
Return to medium heat.
Stir in 1 1/4 cups non-dairy creamer until completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal ratio of sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves)
Pour through mesh strainer into a pitcher.
Place in refrigerator to cool.

For one boba tea:
about 1/4 cup 5-minute boba pearls, cooked according to package instructions
a few tbsp flavored syrup (such as Torani) 
About 10 oz milk tea (from above recipe)
Cook and drain the boba pearls. 
Run under cold water, drain well.
Place the pearls in the bottom of a pint glass.  
Add just enough syrup to cover boba, then add milk tea mixture to fill the glass.
Serve with a large boba straw.
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Turkish coffee

I remember when I first tried Turkish coffee in a Lebanese restaurant in Portland.  I loved how strong it was, and the cardamom flavor was new, different, and delicious.  A few months ago my husband got really into making Turkish coffee at home.  He found the ground coffee with cardamom, and an ibrik (the copper pot in the photo) online and we have been happily making it for ourselves ever since.  

1 tbsp finely ground coffee with cardamom 
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup water
Combine ingredients in an ibrik and swirl the pot to combine.
Place over a medium flame and watch carefully.  
When the coffee boils up to the top, remove it from the heat quickly (so it doesn’t boil over) and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
Repeat twice more: let the coffee boil up just to the top, then remove and cool for several minutes.
After the third boil, pour into small cups to serve