jasmine tea with salted cheese (like happy lemon 🍋)

jasmine tea with salted cheese

salted cheese with boba?! when i first saw it on a happy lemon menu, i was skeptical. my friend swore that it was hands down his favorite drink and acknowledged my skepticism. i tried it, and i was hooked! salted cheese is a combination of cream cheese, whipping cream, milk, sugar, and salt. it is thicky, creamy, and makes this drink feel like a dessert. the touch of salt is apparent and balances out the sweetness and creaminess. in this recipe, i make a version just like happy lemon! 🍋
Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 1 drink


jasmine tea

  • tbsp jasmine tea
  • 1 cup boiling water


  • cup boba
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp honey

salted cheese

  • oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • tsp salt (or to taste)


prepare jasmine tea

  • add jasmine and boiling water to a medium bowl. let it steep for 3 mins.
  • use a sieve to remove the tea leaves.
  • chill in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

make boba

  • fill saucepan with 3 1⁄3 cups of water, and place on stovetop on high heat. once boiled, reduce heat to medium-low heat and add uncooked boba. mix occasionally for 2 – 3 mins.
  • turn off and let boba rest for 2 -3 mins.
  • add brown sugar & honey to a small bowl.
  • use a sieve to strain boba into the same bowl.

make salted cheese

  • whisk cream cheese and sugar on high for 15 – 30 secs.
  • add milk and continue to whisk on high for another 30 secs (or until well incorporated).
  • in a separate bowl, whisk whipping cream on high for 30 secs – 1 min (or until there are soft peaks).
  • add cream cheese mixture and salt to the whipping cream on high for 30 secs – 1 min (or until well incorporated).

assemble drink

  • add boba, ice, & jasmine tea.
  • add salted cheese.
  • top with a sprinkle of matcha powder.


special equipment

  • saucepan: this is my favorite saucepan. i have had mine for years; it’s durable & versatile.
  • sieve: this is also great for removing tea leaves.
  • hand mixer: the ones by kitchenaid are long-lasting. i recently upgraded to a cordless one. i also would recommend a more affordable option – a corded one (mine is still working after nearly a decade).
  • boba straw: these are one of my favorite boba straws.


  • where can i get boba pearls? my favorite are from wu fu yuan (if you are near by a 99 ranch or asian grocery store, you will be able to find them there) and tea people.

did you make this recipe? i would love to see your creations! tag michelleqgbui on instagram and hashtag it #letsbake.

Similar Posts

share your thoughts