cups melon chunks (cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon)
cups ice cubes
cups orange juice
cup coconut milk
Large diameter straws (optional)
*Large, specialty tapioca pearls specifically designed for bubble teas are available in Asian markets and gourmet food stores.
1. Combine green tea with sugar; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil over high heat; add tapioca pearls. Stir lightly and let pearls float to top. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let pearls sit in water 25 minutes until chewy and translucent. Drain and rinse under cold water. Combine in medium bowl with sweetened tea. Refrigerate until needed.
3. Blending in 2 batches, combine melon, ice cubes, orange juice and coconut milk in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
4. Place about 1/4 cup tapioca mixture in bottom of large glass. Fill with melon mixture. Serve with straws, if desired.