ICED TEA COCKTAILS
Now that spring has ushered in the warm weather and summer is right around the corner, we are excited to share some delicious cocktail recipes that prove just how versatile our tea is!
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Having an iced tea on a warm day is a beloved tradition held all over the world. It cools us down, hydrates us and provides nutrients that aid in digestion, bone health and even weight loss. Tea is more than just a healthy drink that we have a sense of kinship with, it is also a very versatile and fun experience. Our summer favourite, the iced tea, is playful and light bringing joy with every sip. When "cocktail hour" and "tea time" meet, new delicious possibilities comes to life. Lounging by a pool, relaxing in your backyard with friends or simply enjoying some peaceful quiet time on a warm summer night are opportune times to turn our teas into cocktails.
One of our most popular iced teas makes a delicious red wine sangria. Featuring the tastes of the tropics, Bora Bora fruit tisane is instantly changed into a tasty cocktail that is full bodied and refreshing.
Per 1 serving:
½ cup Bora Bora fruit tisane
- strongly steeped and sweetened with 2 tsp. of sugar or to taste
1 oz of your favourite red wine
- we used a Shiraz
Fresh raspberries, strawberries & blackberries
- or any other fruit of your choosing
Stir Bora Bora and wine together, add a generous amount of fruit and top off with ice. Delicious!
Prairie Sunshine makes a perfect substitute for orange juice in this iced tea version of a classic Mimosa. The fresh citrus blend of this delicious fruit tisane makes a light and bubbly cocktail.
Per 1 Serving:
½ cup Prairie Sunshine fruit tisane
- steeped with 1 tsp. of sugar or to taste
1 oz. Champagne or Sparkling Wine - chilled
Stir together Prairie Sunshine and chilled Champagne. Add ice as needed. Garnish with an orange wedge.
Matcha has a huge following at Three 6 Tea. Raspberry Lemonatcha is our number one iced tea with a massive following of loyal customers. We wondered what matcha would taste like incorporated into a cocktail... we were not disappointed!
Raspberry Lemonatcha is blended with ice and vodka to make this flavourful and delicious summer treat!
Per 1 serving:
2 Tbsp. Raspberry Lemonatcha matcha
- dissolved in ½ cup hot water
½ cup cold water
1 oz vodka
1 cup of ice (or more)
Whisk Raspberry Lemonatcha in hot water. Add the dissolved matcha, cold water, vodka and ice to a blender. Blend until slush consistency. Pour into a fancy glass, add a straw and enjoy!
Pina Colada Matcha
Nothing says summer more than this classic icy cocktail. Featuring the flavours of pineapple and coconut matcha blended with Malibu Coconut Rum to create an incredible slushy delight!
Per 1 serving:
1 tsp. Pina Colada matcha
- dissolved in ¼ cup of hot water
½ cup milk or coconut milk
1 oz. Malibu rum
1 cup of ice (or more)
Whisk Pina Colada matcha in hot water. Add dissolved matcha, milk, Malibu rum and ice into a blender. Blend until desired consistency. Pour into a fancy glass and garnish with pineapple.
Earl Grey remains one of the most popular flavours of tea available. Featuring black tea and oil of bergamot as the main notes, vanilla and lavender are amongst many ingredients used in variations of the blend. Earl Grey cocktails are both delicious and refined, a touch of elegance on a hot day!
Earl Grey Mar"tea"ni
A martini... classy, elegant and oh so delicious. The flavours of Earl Grey make a delicious version of this classic gin based cocktail.
Per 1 serving
¾ cup Earl Grey tea
- steeped with 1 tsp sugar or to taste
¾ oz. Gin
1½ tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup ice
Lemon wedge or lavender sprigs for garnish
Place brewed and sweetened Earl Grey tea in a martini shaker. Add gin, lemon juice and ice. Shake well. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon wedge and/or lavender sprig.
EARL GREY LAVENDER SPRITZER
The floral notes of lavender are a perfect pairing with the oil of bergamot in Earl Grey tea. We used Earl Grey Lavender tea to make this delicious spritzer that is refreshing and light tasting.
- sweetened with 1 tsp sugar or to taste
1 oz. Sparkling White Wine - chilled
Ice, if needed
Lemon slice or lavender sprig as garnish
Combine sweetened Earl Grey Lavender tea with sparkling white wine in a cocktail glass. Add a lemon slice or lavender sprig as garnish.
If we have inspired you to try some of these delicious cocktails or have tapped into your inner mixologist, here are some tips that might help in your journey...
- Simple syrup can be used in place of sugar if your tea is already chilled. It's easy! Mix one part sugar to one part water in a saucepan. Melt the sugar into the water over medium-high heat until the liquid is clear and all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool and keep refrigerated to sweeten all your cold drinks! Beware, simple syrup is not as sweet as sugar so taste as you go.
- If your tea is still very hot and you want less ice in your drink, toss your hot tea in a shaker cup with some ice. Shake well. This will cool it quickly before making your iced tea cocktail.
- The combinations are endless! Many fruit tisanes have the potential to make delicious iced cocktails. We'd love to hear about fun Three 6 Tea concoctions you come up with. Leave a comment if you would like to share or have any ideas we might like to try! Enjoy in moderation:)
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