Watermelon Agua Fresca Bubble Tea (With Easy DIY Boba)

August 6, 2021
What better way to beat the heat this summer than to sip on a refreshing drink. However, this isn't just any mouthwatering agua fresca beverage. This drink has boba pearls, made from tapioca starch (flour). Not all boba is made vegan, since most is coated in honey. Boba, however, is super easy to make, and by cooking some yourself, you'll be able to make sure that the boba doesn't continue any unhealthy ingredients. Enjoy!
watermelon agua fresca bubble tea in a glass with a metal straw outside

Watermelon Agua Fresca Bubble Tea (With Easy DIY Boba)

Recipe Type: Beverages
utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 1 lb seedless watermelon pieces (without the rind)
  • 1/2 lime, juice only
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 5 tsp boiling water
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For the agua fresca:

1. Cut the watermelon into small pieces making sure there’s no rind, place in blender.

2. Pour the lime juice into the blender.

3. If your watermelon pieces aren’t super ripe and sweet, add some agave.

4. Add water to the blender.

5. Blend until all the ingredients are combined.

For the boba pearls:

1. Combine 1/2 cup of  tapioca flour with 5 tsp boiling water in a bowl. Whisk with a fork.

2. Once combined, use clean hands to knead the dough on a clean surface.

3. Flatten dough and cut into long strips. Cut the strips into small pieces.

4. Roll the pieces into balls and safely place in a pot of boiling water. Let cook for 5 minutes.

5. After 5 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer boba into a bowl of water and ice to cool off.

6. Pour 1tbsp of agave into a new bowl.

7. Once the boba is cooled, transfer to the bowl of agave. Stir to coat the boba pearls.

8. Transfer boba into a cup, pour the agua fresca drink over the boba.

9. Add ice.

10. Finally, add a spring of mint on top.

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Paige Butzlaff
Paige has been writing since she was 7 years old. She's an avid fan of reading, especially metaphysical books, and sipping on matcha tea lattes. An ethical vegan, Paige is passionate about activism and raising awareness. Her passions also include yoga and cats. She calls Southern California her home and the Universe her playground. Follow Paige on Instagram @beingpaige and YouTube.


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