Bubble tea in the winter?
It’s not as crazy as you think. One of the oldest variations of our favourite Taiwanese summer drink is called a milk tea, and was actually a mixture of hot black tea, small tapioca pearls, and syrup.
The drink is now far more popular cold, but in the winter, especially an Alberta winter, the last thing you want is something cold to the touch. Which is why some bubble tea chains offer the traditional milk tea, using jasmine green tea or Oolong tea as the base, and using non-dairy milk powders instead of condensed milk so everyone can enjoy it.
So when your bubble tea craving becomes overwhelming, don’t wait until summer. Instead, you should check out one of these four delicious kinds of milk tea.
Lavender milk tea
This milk tea offers up a fragrant scent of lavender with every warm sip. It’s the perfect flavour of milk tea to bring home after a long day at work, especially if you get mini pearls as your bubble option.
Traditional milk tea
If you want to get back to bubble tea’s roots then you’ve got to try the traditional milk tea. This drink uses Taiwanese black tea to form the base of the tea, and the small tapioca pearls for its bubbles. You can also try it with a Taiwanese jelly, which was supposedly the first addition to be added to bubble tea.
Papaya milk tea
You’re getting hot tea to push away the winter, so why not let the flavour bring back a little summer? The fruity taste of papaya is uplifting on its own, and especially so when you bring in some lychee popping pearls to add excitement to your drink.
Earl grey milk tea
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to what you know. An earl grey milk tea is a safe choice for anyone who wants to try out a hot bubble tea, but doesn’t know if they can handle the mix up of flavours. You can always get bubble tea without the tapioca pearls at the bottom, but if you skip it you’ll be missing all the fun.
You can get all these hot bubble teas at Quickly, an international bubble tea franchise. But those aren’t the only hot drinks you can get there. Quickly offers sixteen different flavours, and each drink gets a free topping – pearl tapioca, grass jelly, pudding, and red bean toppings go best with hot drinks.
Quickly has a bunch of different locations in Calgary, plus a new one opening on 17 avenue in Forest Lawn on January 28, so you’ll want to make sure you stop in to get out of the cold and enjoy some hot bubble tea this winter – especially because they’ll be offering a buy one get one free promotion.