Tea has had a long-standing history as a choice beverage throughout the world – entire cultural practices revolve around it, and it even holds its place in politics, economics, and revolutions. In modern times, it’s a great alternative to coffee, especially for its more tempered caffeine boost, or generally, for its refreshing taste.
With its versatility and variety in terms of flavours, more and more diners are getting interested in wider tea selections. So why not make your buffet’s offerings stand out with tea, by infusing the beverage with fruits, herbs and spices?
Here are some in-tea-resting hot and cold beverage ideas:
Mint Tea Cooler
Place mint leaves along with several tea bags of your choice – like peppermint which aids in digestion – into a pitcher, pour boiling water then steep. Discard tea bags, strain the mint, then squeeze in fresh orange and lemon juices. Add sugar to taste, then chill in the refrigerator before serving with ice cubes, garnished with orange or lemon slices.
Fill a huge bowl half-full with ice cubes, then add a few tea bags, along with several fresh cucumber slices. Top with more ice, add water, and then steep for half an hour. For a healthier beverage, try using green tea which is rich in anti-oxidants.
London Fog Tea Latte
Here’s a delicious alternative to the usual tea latte. Brew Earl Grey, known as a cure-all for colds and the flu, ideally with a little fresh lavender. Strain, combine with steamed milk, sweetener and a dash of vanilla extract.
Whip up this fruity concoction by combining brewed tea with sugar and cloves, as well as pineapple, orange and lemon juices. Simmer for half an hour before serving. Try a black tea like English Breakfast, which has a slew of benefits including stress relief and increased energy.
Peppermint and Chamomile Tea
This healing tea can actually help in alleviating stomach pain and cramps. Combine brewed chamomile with peppermint extract, sugar, a splash of milk, and a dash of ginger or cinnamon for spice.
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