Make these Tea Cocktails During Spring

Tea isn’t just a winter treat. The leaves can be steeped and mixed into virtually any great spring or summer beverage. If you’re enrolled in a culinary arts program online or you just love whipping up creative drinks, check out these craft tea cocktails:

Gin and peppermint
Peppermint tea is refreshing whether it is served hot or cold. For this spring beverage, steep four bags of peppermint tea in a large pot of boiling water for five minutes. Then stir in agave syrup to sweeten up the tea. Refrigerate the mixture overnight and serve it with gin or your favorite spirit. For some food styling flair, add some springs of fresh mint to the glass.

Russian iced tea
Iced tea is already a popular warm-weather beverage, but there are a variety of ways to put a special spin on the drink. For a Russian twist, make 4 cups of strong black tea, – both English breakfast or earl grey would work well. Stir 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey into the tea until it’s dissolved. Let the batch cool overnight and serve with an ounce of Russian vodka and a twist of lemon.

Green tea spritzer
When making craft tea cocktails, you can’t forget about green tea. Make a strong batch of green tea by steeping it for twice as long or by adding an extra tea bag to the hot water. Add the juice of one lime along with Champagne or your favorite regional sparking wine into the mixture and enjoy.

Ginger green tea
You can also mix green tea with a variety of other flavors, like bourbon and ginger. Muddle 1/4 ounce of agave nectar, three mint leaves and a slice of ginger together in a cocktail shaker. Then add 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce of green tea and 1/4 ounce of lemon juice.

Herbal tea
There are tons of different types of herbal teas to use in cocktails. You’re only limited by your imagination. As a culinary student, you’ll want to create your own flavor and spirit mashups. Oolong tea, for example, is full-bodied with a sweet aroma. Steep a batch of this tea and mix it with fruits, sweeteners and a spirits to create a new craft cocktail. Other teas you can experiment with include mate, rooibos and white.


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