Never fear tea fans, you can still enjoy your favourite beverage in the heat of the glorious British summer!
I was recently sent a selection of teas from Teapigs, who were looking for bloggers to help take tea beyond the classic hot drink and give it a bit of a summer makeover in the form of some iced tea and tea based cocktail ideas.
I was really interested in this opportunity as I’m not your standard tea drinker – I’m not a big fan of regular tea, preferring herbal and fruit infusions, and I also don’t really like drinking tea hot. I know, I’m odd. So anyway, iced teas and tea cocktails sounded right up my street.
It didn’t take me long to come up with my ideas, but I was unfortunately delayed in posting this as it took a while for any summer weather to appear for me to take my pictures!
I was sent samples of their Darjeeling Earl Grey (Himalayan Darjeeling and Begamot), Chai Tea (Assam Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cassia), Chamomile Flowers (just Chamomile Flowers), Peppermint Leaves (just Peppermint Leaves) and Super Fruit (Blackcurrants, Cranberries, Blueberries and Elderberries).
Here are the conconctions I came up with;
|TeaPigs Super Fruit Cooler|
The Super Fruit tea was lovely so I wanted to keep the initial recipe simple. This was very refreshing 🙂
- Super Fruit Tea Bag brewed in boiling water and left to cool
- Top up with lemonade, soda water or sparkling water.
- I added frozen raspberries instead of ice and a strawberry for garnish
|Super Duper Fruit Cooler|
|Chamomile Flower and Elderflower Iced Tea|
Chamomile and Elderflower seemed like a perfect classic combination for an iced tea to enjoy in the sunshine. I felt like this was the kind of drink that should be produced from a wicker picnic basket and enjoyed in a wildflower meadow, but that’s probably just me being overly romantic.
- I made up a huge batch of this with 3 Chamomile Flower teabags brewed in boiling water and left to cool. One cool I poured it into a lovely glass bottle and topped up with some cold water before popping it into the fridge.
- To serve I topped up with sparkling elderflower, but you could use an elderflower cordial and lemondade/soda/sparkling water, or skip the elderflower altogether if you like.
- As with the Super Fruit cooler, you could add sparkling wine/champagne instead of lemonade/soda/sparkling water
|Classic Iced Tea|
- Darjeeling Earl Grey teabag brewed in boiling water and left to cool.
- Served with ice and lemon
- Equal parts Vodka, Gin, Light Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec
- Lemon Juice
- Sugar Syrup
- Sweet and Sour Mix
- Topped up with Iced Darjeeling Earl Grey
- Served over ice with lemon
- Peppermint Leaves teabag brewed in boiling water and allowed to cool.
- 1 shot of vodka or light rum (I personally prefer vodka mojitos)
- 1 or 2 shots of Iced Peppermint Leaf tea
- Sugar to taste
- Topped up with lemonade/soda water, ice and mint leaves as garnish
|Chai Aye Captain|
- Rum – I used Morgan’s Spiced because it was what I had, but you could use any light or dark rum
- Add Chai teabag(s) and leave to infuse – I left this for a day, but it is just one teabag in a small glass – if you are using a whole bottle of rum and multiple teabags I suggest keeping an eye on it and tasting to check how well infused it is.
- I served this with coke over ice