Welcome to the latest issue of The Right Tea Newsletter!
Summer is here and so are the hot days and long evenings! It is the ideal time to enjoy a tall glass of iced tea or a bowl of ice cream.
How about mixing the two and creating a new beverage for you to enjoy this summer?
Come and let’s create a tea float!
I love iced tea and I love ice cream! How to choose which to have first?
Well, let’s not choose and blend the two!
Why does your tea need to be strong?
In every recipe for iced tea you are bound to read the recommendation to brew your tea using double the amount of tea leaves than that you would use to brew your favorite hot tea beverage.
Tea needs to be strong because once you pour into a glass filled with ice cubes and let your tea sit this will happen: the ice cubes will begin to melt diluting your tea and its wonderful flavor.
Even just using a single scoop of ice cream in this recipe, it could still dilute your tea down a bit, so make it stronger than you normally would.
Note: Don’t be tempted to overbrew your tea in order to increase its strength, because this may increase the bitter components of the tea and overpower its sweet or zesty notes. This is more likely when you are using green tea.
What type of tea should you use?
Think about which tea will blend best with the ice cream you have in your fridge. Considering that most ice creams are made from milk or cream, it is best to choose a tea that takes milk well.
In this case black teas are best suited! However, don’t be afraid to experiment, you may come up with something great and really tasty.
The Ice Cream
So let’s start with a nice plain vanilla flavor and then will go from there. It’s a simple milky flavor that will not overpower your iced tea.
Alternatively, you can work with the taste of the tea. Choose a fruity or minty flavor to match the flavor of an iced tea blend that you enjoy.
As you’ll see next, this is exactly what we did.
The Tea Float
We decided to make an iced tea float with Earl Grey Tea and lemon sorbet.
Attempt #1: Pouring hot tea over sorbet
We placed a scoop of lemon sorbet on the bottom of a glass and poured hot tea over it.
Result: FAIL - Great flavor, but not an iced tea!
Attempt #2: Pouring room temperature tea over sorbet
Again we placed a scoop of lemon sorbet in a glass and poured the Earl Grey tea at room temperature up to the brim.
Attempt #3: Pouring cold tea over sorbet
Note: If you choose to cool your tea faster using ice cubes, remember to brew it strong so as not to water it down too much as the ice melts.
Another scoop of the lemon sorbet in a glass topped up with the cool Earl Grey tea.
Result: SUCCESS – We achieved a tea float!
While a single scoop may not be enough to completely cool down your tea as ice cubes would do, on the other hand it adds an instant burst of flavor to your regular iced tea.
Now it is all up to you! Perhaps regular ice cream can add a milky finish to your iced tea, and what about adding mint ice cream to green tea? Use your imagination to enhance the flavor of your summer teas.
Perhaps it is best to avoid ice creams with solid particles that will not melt as they may get caught in the straw and not add much in terms of flavor.
Enjoy the summer!
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Today this herb also makes an infusion that is used to fight many skin issues as well as a form of treatment for cellulite.
Find out more about this herbal tea and why it is called the Herb of Longevity:
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