While most people don’t usually think of Thanksgiving and tea together, I’d like you to at least give it a try. Iced tea makes a refreshing alternative to calorie-laden sodas and alcoholic beverages, and hot tea provides a relaxing alternative to after-dinner coffee.
Here are some tips for your Thanksgiving tea service:
1. Make a big pitcher of iced tea for service during your meal: If your family includes sweet tea drinkers, make one pitcher of sweet tea, one of unsweetened. Nilgiri and Ceylon teas are great choices for traditional black iced tea, but you could also try making a iced Formosa Oolong as a sophisticated alternative.
2. While loose leaf tea is best, serving it to a crowd can be tricky. Get a large infuser teapot for preparing and serving tea at your Thanksgiving gathering. If you only have a few tea-drinkers among your guests, you could present them with a tea-for-one teacup and teapot combo, along with their choice of tea. Another option is to offer loose leaf tea with fill-your-own teabags.
3. If loose leaf tea service isn’t going to happen, individually wrapped bagged teas are convenient. Stash teabags, for example, are individually wrapped in bright colored foil, making a most attractive display spread in a circle on a plate, or in a wooden tea chest. Tiger Wing teabags, on the other hand, are wrapped in clear cellophane, but come in super-fun flavors that young people ought to enjoy. To encourage tea drinking, place a tea bag caddy by people’s plates, or on the table or counter from which you serve the after-dinner coffee and tea.
5. Serve a strong Assam black tea with dessert. It will go great with apple and pumpkin pies.
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