Holidays always seem to require adding something special to your usual menu fair.
Well, as we continue to gather around cornucopia, candles and trees I thought some holiday drinking suggestions might be in order to add to your usual or unusual tea choices.
A while back in June, at the World Tea Expo I was able to sample a new brew with a twist.
This bottled beverage captured my attention because of the unique featured cap (gizmo) that stored the blended tea ingredients until ready for use.
A twist of the cap and you now have a freshly blended cold one.
The blend assortment Peach Ginger Black Tea, Pomegranate Acai White Tea and Citrus Mint Green Tea, may be just what you would want stashed in your fridge for those “I was in the neighborhood, thought I would drop by” guests.
Just note, for those who do not like Stevia be alert, it is one of the ingredients.
Then there are the specialty drinks that you can find at many upscale tea bars. One such offering was featured at Teavana Tea Bar recently, a Sparkling Silver Needle created by Andy Miller.
While out and about doing your shopping sprees you may find the bar, a nice respite and the brew a delightful treat.
The smooth silver needle with the tickle of bubbly water is sure to brighten even the most harried shopper. The creator Andy describes it as “ superb ingredients, simply elevated” and I concur. Remember to request it without sugar if you are a purist like me.
Back at home you can also create your own sparkling drinks with just a few steps and a little patience.
At one of our tea friends, G+ hangout gatherings, I created my own sparkling tea drink to honor one of the attendees, I Heart Teas.
Since our celebration was for her I used her Cabernet Whispers white tea blend to create what I consider a non-alcoholic masterpiece.
Taking a 33.8oz bottle of Poland Springs Sparkling Water (you must use bottled water that has a re-closable cap), I calculated the measurement of tea 5 ½ teaspoons, you can ad more is you would like it stronger.
Remove about 1/4 of the sparkling water and set aside.
Take a funnel or sheet of parchment paper folded like a funnel to ease the tea into the bottle.
Once the tea is in you can replace (slowly) the sparkling water you removed.
Reclose the cap and place in the refrigerator for 3 days creating a cold brew effect.
I so enjoyed this and am eager to try it with some of my treasured Oolongs.
For the traditional alcoholic tea blends check out Amazon V
Happy Holidays to all as we celebrate with Tea.