Tea Gets Spirited: Celebrate with Style
By Madam Potts
With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching, there’s no better time to make the night special by trying something new. So while you’re stocking up on the usual liquor and champagne, be sure to pick up some tea.
There are 3 reasons why having tea will be important this holiday season.
#1: Tea allows Everyone to Celebrate!
Not everyone drinks alcohol. Whether by reason of conviction, medical necessity, or the responsible choice to be the designated driver, or for those trying to shave off the carbs and the calories that come from alcohol, there are many reasons why you or your guests might want an alternative. Be prepared to have something festive that everyone can enjoy!
Festive Teas to have on hand: Tea of Good Tidings, Spiced Christmas Tea, White Christmas, Holiday Chai
Cinnamon Green Tea
#2: Tea is Hot!
Warm. Cozy. Toasty. In every sense of the word, tea really is hot. So, offer your guests an inviting cup of hot tea. Increase the feelings of warmth by having spicy chais or cinnamon teas on hand! Spices will make the body get warmer quicker by increasing your blood’s circulation! And they’ll feel more at home with your generous caring suggestion. Warm and happy guests = warm and happy party celebration.
#3 Tea makes a great mixer!
You can make an excellent mixer using sugar, tea and lemon. Make a tea-based simple syrup, bottle it and break out at your next festive occasion. To make it into a mixer, simply add seltzer or club soda for a refreshing tea-infused soda or spirited cocktail!
- Mix 2 cups of sugar with ¼ cup water in a saucepan.
- Stir over medium heat until golden brown.
- Next, steep 3 teaspoons of your favorite tea (I like using Earl Grey!) in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes.
(NOTE: this needs to be stronger as you are creating a concentrate).
- Let tea cool.
- Now add 2 cups of the extra-strength tea and the juice from 1 lemon to the caramelized sugar. Stir and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and let stand for 30-45 minutes.
- Pour syrup into glass bottle to store and serve.
To Serve: Fill your glass with ice, add a few teaspoons of the earl grey tea syrup (depending on your sweet tooth), and fill the rest of the glass with seltzer water and stir. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
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