Make tea or coffee with optional chocolate syrup and set aside to cool.
In a medium saucepan (or larger if making more than one serving), bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the tapioca and stir gently until they begin to float to the top. Turn heat to medium and cover the pot. Simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off heat, but leave the pan covered for 3 minutes.
Test a pearl to see if it is soft enough for your preference. If not, recover pan and let sit for two more minutes.
Drain tapioca and place in a small bowl. Add your preferred sweetener. Toss gently to cover.
If making the fruit-flavored boba drink, place the fruit, milk, and ice cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add a small amount of additional milk to thin, if desired.
To assemble beverage, place the tapioca in a large glass.
Add the tea, coffee, or blended beverage to the glass. Serve immediately with a wide straw and a spoon.
Tapioca must be used immediately, or within 2 hours. If the pearls sit for longer, they will become mushy. If you refrigerate them, they become hard.
Be creative. You can use any beverage recipe and add tapioca pearls to the bottom of your beverage glass to make a bubble drink.
Consider trying some of our recipes to make additional boba beverages.