Rose milk tea

Many, many years ago when I was in middle school, there was a overwhelming boom of boba cafes that opened in Southern California. It was the new fad, smoothies, milk teas, and coffee drinks filled with sweet tapioca pearls. It’s been quite a while since it became popular but I still enjoy my boba at least once a week. The best boba spot will not only have chewy, sweet, perfectly cooked tapioca but great drinks to go with it. I have my usual drinks that I order, such as matcha tea and taro smoothie, but nowadays my go-to drink is rose milk tea. The beverage has a slight floral hint with a beautiful pink tint and just the right amount of sweetness. After I purchased rosewater syrup last week for rosewater blueberry waffles, I knew I had to make the tea at home. Now I can make my own batch at home anytime I want!

rose milk tea

rose milk tea

Rose milk tea
Serves 2
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
219 calories
50 g
5 g
1 g
2 g
1 g
340 g
42 g
18 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219
Calories from Fat 11
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 42mg
Total Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls
  2. 16 oz hot water
  3. 1 tsp black tea leaves
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1/4 tsp rose water
  6. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Soak tapioca pearls in cold water for 20 minutes. Drain. Boil 4 cups water in a medium pot. Remove from heat and add tapioca pearls, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Bloom tea leaves in the hot water in a large cup. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add milk, rose water syrup, and sugar, adding more sugar for a sweeter drink. Add ice for chilled rose milk tea or serve warm. Divide tapioca pearls in two cups and pour in rose milk tea. Serve.
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Rose milk tea is originally made from rose petals – yes, rose petals! They can be a bit difficult to find and it isn’t exactly ideal to dry your own rose petals, so I chose to use rosewater instead. The flavor is more potent so you only need a small amount per drink.

I had small tapioca pearls lying around so I decided to add these to my drink. You can also add boba instead or just have the rose milk tea as is.

To prepare the tapioca pearls, soak in water for 30 minutes. You can choose to add 1 tbsp sugar to the water if you want a sweeter beverage. Make sure not to soak for any longer than 30 minutes or else the tapioca will become mushy.

rose milk tea

After the tapioca is cooked, you can see the difference in texture and color. They now have a chew factor and are translucent.

rose milk tea

Since I didn’t have rose petals, I used black tea as the base.; you can also use green tea instead. The beverage tasted exactly like the rose milk tea I purchase at boba shops – success! Now I can have my rose milk tea every day! 

rose milk tea



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  1. This milk tea looks so refreshing. I’ve never had milk tea with rosewater in it before but it sounds heavenly!

    • cma0425

      It’s a unique combination but very addicting once you have it!


    Where does one purchase tapioca pearls?

    • cma0425

      They sell them at Whole Foods or any Asian market should have them

  3. Jenny

    Where do you get the rosewater syrup?

    • cma0425

      I found mine at whole foods but if you’re in Southern California, they also have them at Ralphs

  4. Matharo

    I made this, and it is so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I found these rose milk tea bags at the Asian market which I love, but they are so pricy 🙁 I’m glad I can now make my own, plus, the rose water I found was a super good price 😀

    Though is your rose water colored? Mine is clear, and my milk tea just looks like regular, brown milk tea lol

    • cma0425

      I used rose syrup which has that pink tint to it, but I’m sure the tea tasted better with the actual tea bags!

      • Matharo

        I didn’t see that you replied until now! But thank you for replying! Now I’m going to hunt for some rose syrup 🙂

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