Bubble tea (or boba) is fun. From the oversized straws to the literal rainbow of colorful flavors to the slurping noise you make as you suck up tapioca pearls, there’s no denying its unabashedly undignified appeal. And the only possible way to make it even more fun is, of course, by adding booze. We’re not the only ones to come to that conclusion. Mixologists and bartenders across the country have already gotten busy, shaking up the fruity and milky flavored teas into ultra-fun, ultra-delicious boozy bubble tea cocktails.
It’s a no-brainer, really. With a plethora of tea-jelly-booze combos, the possibilities for boba cocktails are nearly endless. Plus, boba makers have long used cocktail shakers to mix their frothy shaken teas (the “bubble” in bubble tea refers to the fizzy texture—not the tapioca pearls), so bubble tea preparation requires barely any modification when liquor gets involved. That means bartenders are free to do as they please and go boozy bubble tea crazy. And oh boy, have they ever.