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me gusta matcha

Recipe: matcha tea slushie with boba

I am pleased as punch to finally announce Food and Light 2011! I’ve spent the past couple of months working through a lot of spaghetti to get to this point – where things really start happening. We have a phenomenal team of instructors ready to work with YOU for two days this August in stunning downtown Boulder, Colorado. The first day we’ll be at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and the second day we’ll have The Kitchen Upstairs entirely to ourselves! But I must warn you, only sign up if you’re ready to learn and have fun – A LOT of fun.

***Register before March 1, 2011 with the discount code: earlybird11 and get $50 off the registration fee.***

summer is just around the corner

Summer really is just around the corner for a winter-loving girl like myself. I start to get antsy right about now because there are only TWO more months left of the official ski season. You know how quickly two months can fly past, don’t you? Like *snap*! But even when all but the highest peaks have melted out from their blanket of snow, I can still enjoy water in its solid state, but in a glass. Actually, I like iced drinks year-round. Some of us like iced drinks in winter just like some of us like hot tea in summer.

can’t decide if i love matcha for the brilliant green color or the lovely flavor

boba and matcha

After researching the various bubble (boba) tea slushies at Atlas, I finally settled on a favorite (for now). The matcha tea slushie with boba. Can you tell that I’m hooked? I am hooked. The staff at Atlas even showed me how to make it. It’s super easy – except for the Ghirardelli white chocolate syrup. I don’t have any of that. It’s okay though, because Chris schooled me on the role it plays in the slushie. It keeps the liquid from separating out of the ice slush.

fill a glass with ice

pour in your milk (in my case, almond milk)

The syrup has a relatively non-intrusive flavor and the sugar acts to bind the liquid and the slush together. So I used simple syrup as a substitute and it works very well. For the milk you can use dairy milk, soy milk, or almond milk. Rice milk is on the thin side and Chris doesn’t recommend it. I order mine with almond milk and love the results.

milk, ice, matcha powder, and syrup (simple syrup here) in the blender

place the boba in the serving glass

Everything (except the boba) goes into the blender. It helps to put the matcha powder in first or at least not last. The first time I made this, I dropped the matcha in last and it created a giant matcha cloud in my kitchen when I uncovered the blender. Place the desired amount of boba in your glass, then top with the matcha slushie. Ideal for those hot summer months, but it’s perfectly good any time of year as you’d see if you were to walk by Atlas on a winter afternoon and see me sitting on the comfy couch, working on my laptop, sipping my slushie.

enjoy your matcha bubble tea slushie!

Matcha Green Tea Slushie with Boba
[print recipe]
from my friends at Atlas

16 oz. cup filled with ice
milk, soy milk, or almond milk (rice milk is too thin)
1 1/2 tbsps matcha green tea powder
1 oz. Ghirardelli white chocolate syrup (I didn’t have this, so I used 1 oz 1:1 simple syrup)
1/4 cup boba (large pearl tapioca), cooked per package instructions

Pour milk over ice into the glass until full. Empty the contents of the glass into a blender. Add the matcha powder and the white chocolate syrup – or in my case, the simple syrup. [Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to boil over high heat and let boil for a minute. Remove from heat. Let cool.] Pro tip: You may be tempted to omit the syrup, but you need some sort of sugar in there to help bind the liquid to the ice or else you get separation and it will be gross. Blender the contents into a slush. Place the boba in the bottom of the glass and top with the slushie. Makes a little more than a 16-ounce glass.

36 nibbles at “me gusta matcha”

  1. Rosa says:

    What a splendid drink! So stylish.



  2. Kristina @ spabettie says:

    I love matcha… both the color and the flavor – I recently made birthday matcha cupcakes for a friend – I am responsible for her matcha addiction so I suppose it’s only fair!

    I would really love to participate in Food and Light… that sounds amazing.

  3. Sharlene says:

    Matcha is something I always have on hand and I’m constantly looking for new uses for it. This looks wonderful!

  4. stephanie @ providence handmde says:

    Yum. I’ve had a boba tea before, but sadly have never tried matcha. That would be great to drink using a glass smoothie straw – I’ve had one on my covet list for a while now. :)

  5. Mrs Ergul says:

    How pretty!!! I’m keeping this recipe Jen! Congrats on the launch of the food and light workshop 2011!! Again, I wish I can be halfway across the globe for it!!

  6. Michelle says:

    So tempting – both that is, the class and slushy

  7. manisha says:

    I knew you were talking about me there! I blame the British, of course! :-D

    I’ve got to find me some boba cos that mango coconut drink at Chez Thuy is also a hot favorite with us. And they can make it non-dairy, too. I’m guessing that that would not need additional syrup cos of the mango? Or would it?

  8. Ruth Ann says:

    What exactly is boba made from?

  9. Lisa says:

    Ha Ha, I finally got myself two bags of boba; one bag is black, and the other one is multicolored, in Winter Park, Florida. Now I need to find the large straws to suck them up. In Orlando area, there are several places you can get Boba tea. I have yet found other flavors. But with those two bags in hand, I can make my own at home with different flavors.

  10. Carolyn Jung says:

    I love any creamy concoction that stars my favorite matcha. The color of that slushie is just gorgeous.

  11. thechildcooks says:

    I saw boba at the local Asian market and wondered what to do with it. Now I know and will have to go get some.

  12. Denise says:

    love, want, need.

  13. futurechef says:

    love the drink but where do you get the boba?

  14. Nicole says:

    Looks very good Nd refreshing! Perfect any time Of the year

  15. cindy says:

    I’ve never had boba, but it looks great!

    the workshop sounds fantastic and I am seriously considering it!

  16. anh says:

    I heart matcha boba slushies!!! I order them all the time at the boba cafes here in southern cali. Thank you soooo much for putting up this recipe. No wonder my trials at home kept on failing – I was not using simple syrup! This posts rocks my boat. Thank you! Thank you!!!

  17. farmerpam says:

    Love the color!

  18. Melissa says:

    Matcha Green Tea Slushie with Boba is very good especially when I love green tea and slushie. I also love smoothies because they taste really good too. If anyone would like to try what I usually make at home its call the Blueberry Mango Smoothies and recipe could be found on , for those who love boba, you could try putting some into the smoothies although I never tried it because I don’t really like boba but those who loves it might enjoy the taste!

  19. Deb says:

    Thanks for the Matcha Green Tea Slushie with Boba and Blueberry Mango Smoothies recipes!!!! i would for sure try them both out. It looks very tasty. Thanks!

  20. Rikki says:

    I’ve been feeling like dog shit since I broke up with my boyfriend. But coming on here and seeing this entry made me feel so much better. Thank you.

  21. Bobbi says:

    Splendid. And lactose free!

  22. Kevin (Closet Cooking) says:

    The matcha and white chocolate flavour combo would be amazing in slushie form!

  23. shirley@kokken69 says:

    I love your use of Almond Milk for this. Will bookmark this for experiment.

  24. jenyu says:

    Kristina – we certainly hope you’ll come!!

    Sharlene – me too, I love that stuff.

    Manisha – I dunno, you can try without at first and see how it works (it’s quite obvious when the ice separates). If it doesn’t work, then add sugar the next time?

    Ruth Ann – it’s tapioca. Chewy, yummy :)

    futurechef – Most Asian grocers should carry some version of boba (usually dried). My advice is to get the 5-minute version rather than the super hard dried ones b/c they take forever to cook and don’t taste all that great.

    Cindy – I hope you’ll join us!

    Bobbi – yes! But if folks want to use milk, they certainly can (just that I can’t)

  25. Ann says:

    Hi Jen,

    i was just wondering, where can you find boba pearls? i’ve looked at both pacific ocean and h mart but i can only find the clear version.


  26. jenyu says:

    Ann – I get them at the Asian Seafood Market in Boulder, but I’m pretty sure you can find them elsewhere too (POM, HMart). The clear ones should be fine too, right?

  27. Koyu Food says:


    We are very impressed by your tea. We would potentially like to use your image and recipe on our website

    Is this something that you would be interested in ? Is there something you would want from us in return ? Please let me know your thoughts


  28. Jen says:

    What brand of matcha do you use and where can you get it? Thanks!

  29. jenyu says:

    Jen – I don’t know the brand, but I got mine at Whole Foods Boulder in the bulk section.

  30. georgia says:

    I get mine online from Republic of Tea. I like the citrus matcha a lot! Same brilliant green color; and spray of powder in your faceif when you seal the foil! What a trick;) I am always more careful now. I want to put mine in a lovely jar to sit in the foyer or the hutch over the drinking cart for liquors & glassware.

    I am looking for the old black tea with dried jasmine flowers in it. It came in a large black square cannister, and the flowers were bluish or bluish purple. I can only find green tea with jasmine flowers now, and my favorite tea was the black tea with jasmine flowers. There were a lot of dried flowers in the tea I used to have. It got lost in the shuffle of a move years ago.

    I love this site the most. The photos, some I remember from being there, and the charm written into the travels and eating experiences are like dreamscapes.

    I moved a lot in the military & ran into lovely people & recipes and charming tea rituals. I have been unable to print the recipes from this site, are there others with this problem? Many of the recipes do not have the kitchen friendly logo to click on, and when I click on print; everything is still the same; no print menu!

  31. kim chi says:

    How much milk do you use for this recipe? I would love to try this weekend!!!

  32. jenyu says:

    kim chi – it’s however much fills a 16 ounce glass of ice.

  33. LilBit says:

    What is simple syrup?

  34. jenyu says:

    LilBit – simple syrup is just 1 part water to 1 part white sugar. Heat it in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Let it boil for a minute, then let it cool completely.

  35. Bloo says:

    I can’t find boba anywhere!

  36. jenyu says:

    Bloo – try Asian grocery stores.

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