YIELD: 1 SERVING
2 oz. cooked tapioca pearls
1 oz. flavored syrup, optional
1 cup ice
10 oz. orange juice
To cook tapioca pearls, use 1 cup tapioca pearls and 7 to 8 cups of water. Place water in large pot and bring to a boil; add tapioca pearls. Cover and boil 25 minutes. Remove 1 pearl; cut in half to check if tapioca is cooked through. If center of tapioca is still mealy, continue cooking and check every 5 minutes. When pearls are thoroughly cooked, turn heat off, cover pan and let tapioca sit in water for 25 minutes. Rinse in warm water; drain.
Place cooked tapioca pearls in bottom of clear glass. Pour syrup over pearls, if desired. Place ice on top of pearls and fill to top with orange juice.
Serving suggestion: serve with straw just slightly wider than tapioca pearls. (Find pearls and straws at Asian specialty markets).
Photo and recipe: Florida Department of Citrus