The tea should be very strong. A Hong Kong-style tea or Ceylon Black tea is recommended. If using coffee, espresso is a good choice.
1/2 cup chilled, cooked bubble tea pearls
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup very strong chilled black tea
1 cup homogenized milk, or to taste
Honey or granulated sugar, to taste
Place pearls in a large parfait glass. Combine all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake rigorously until mixture is frothy. Pour into glass and serve with large-diameter straws.
Makes 1 (16 ounce) drink.