Are you a morning person who can’t live without your matcha or more of a night owl who needs that cup of chamomile before bed? Either way, tea-based cocktails are sure to bring a whole new level of relaxation to your home bar. Whether you’re spending your evening curled up by the fire with a good book or hosting a relaxed Saturday brunch, a tea-based cocktail is the perfect pairing for tea and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Read on for our tips and tricks to finding the ultimate relaxation from this delightful concoction.
What are tea-based cocktails?
Tea-based cocktails, though growing in popularity among cocktail enthusiasts, have been around for a long time. They originate back to the early days of the British East India Company, when tea-based cocktails were used by sailors as an alternative to beer. The sailors crafted a cocktail known as Punch: consisting of citrus, rum, and various spices, and brought it back to Britain. At first, tea was added to spirits in an effort to dilute them while adding a new dimension of flavour. But as new types of teas were paired with newly discovered spirits, they grew in popularity. With over 1,500 different types of tea in the world today, the possibilities are endless.
Skip the tea set or bottle of their favourite liquor—a tea-based cocktail is a much more exciting gift for the tea or cocktail enthusiast in your life. But how does one craft the perfect tea-based cocktail?
If you have your own home bar, you likely have many of the ingredients you need to start experimenting with different pairings in an effort to create a relaxing tea-based cocktail. With so many different types of tea available, it has never been easier to find the right tea to pair with your favourite spirit.
We recommend trying gin, vodka, or any white spirit—they tend to pair well with the softness of teas like earl grey or green tea in order to create a relaxing, fruity tea-based cocktail. If you or your giftee prefers spirits of a darker variety, there are a number of black teas that you can choose from to create a bold flavour.
Try tea liqueurs
Tea liqueurs have been steadily gaining popularity in the cocktail world and there are a variety of brands on the market today that make great gifts for those who are new to tea-based cocktails. While tea liqueurs don’t achieve the same effect as directly infusing tea into your base spirit, it’s an easy option for those lacking confidence in their abilities. If you’re looking for a way to ease your way into the world of tea-based cocktails—tea liqueurs are your best bet.
One of the best things about crafting tea-based cocktails is the flexibility they allow for you to go as bold or as simple as you like. More experienced cocktail lovers can mix a variety of ingredients to produce a tea-based cocktail that excites while amateur tea enthusiasts can booze up their favourite tea blends easily by keeping it simple. Much like any other cocktail, tea-based cocktails can be created with your unique tastes in mind, making the perfect thoughtful gift for the cocktail or tea lover in your life.
The cocktail that connects
It can be hard to find the time to kick back and relax with friends and family. Tea-based cocktails provide an opportunity for you and your loved ones to gather around your home bar and enjoy a relaxing beverage crafted with their comfort in mind. If you find yourself caught between two groups of friends—one who gets excited about the newest tea recipes and another that is always seeking the next best cocktail—this is the perfect opportunity to unite them in their shared love for tea and cocktails. It won’t be long before you have a reputation as the ultimate tea cocktail party host!
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