5 unusual ways for afternoon tea
When thinking about tea, we usually imagine a mug filled with a hot amber drink, sometimes accompanied by a sugar cube and a slice of lemon. However, she can afford it, as evidenced by the latest trends in brewing and serving tea.
Much has been written about the benefits and properties of tea. But tea takes on more and more interesting forms that we have not seen yet. Although it may seem unheard of to lovers of tradition, it is worth trying to broaden the horizons of taste. Because it may turn out that what previously unknown will be the most delicious.
Here are 5 of the most unusual ways to drink and brew tea.
1. Bubble tea
Chilled tea with the addition of “bubbles” is becoming more and more popular in large cities. It is an interesting variation on the classic ice tea. Bubble tea combines a drink and a small snack. Tapioca balls, or cassava porridge, float in the tea. This composition is often topped up with milk.
Like most original culinary trends, bubble tea also came to us from Asia. The inhabitants of Taiwan have already tasted bubble tea in the 1980s.
2. Milk tea
In Poland it has long been known as the “Bavarian”. And although the name suggests that this tea comes from Bavaria in Germany, in fact its homeland is France.
It was there already in the 17th century that the fashion for bavaroise, i.e. tea in the form of infusion with the addition of milk and sweet syrup from ferns appeared. The modern variety of Bavarian is served cold and is increasingly replacing the popular caffè latte.
3. Tea cocktails
We all know cocktails with the addition of fruit – they are perfect as breakfast, snack or dinner, especially on summer days. But what if milk or yogurt were replaced with an infusion of your favorite tea?
The Japanese have already come up with this idea – their powdered green tea known as matcha has stormed the menu of healthy food lovers and has become a popular culinary additive. But you can actually add any tea infusion to the cocktail and endlessly test various combinations of teas and fruit.
For example, white tea with the addition of dried tropical fruit, combined with banana, mango and a little coconut milk and chia seeds is certainly a worthy competitor of traditional smoothies. And if we need an extra dose of energy, choose yerba mate.
4. Cold brew – cold brewed tea
Cold brewing, or cold brew, is most often associated with coffee. Meanwhile, this method can also be used for tea. Thanks to this slow process of releasing essences, tea acquires a new flavor.
It is worth remembering that today tea is called not only an infusion of dried leaves of a tea bush, but also any composition based on dried herbs – from herbal, through naturally flavored, and ending with fruit. An unlimited range of flavors is a great inspiration to discover new forms of serving tea, not only hot. Like coffee, tea can also be brewed without the use of boiling water.
Just pour the right amount of dried water and put in the fridge overnight. It’s best to use a larger carafe for this. In the morning, the transparent liquid will take on an intense color, and after trying, we will find that the taste is significantly different from that obtained by pouring hot water on drought – says Piotr Duniec from English Tea Shop Polska.
For example coffee cold brew the tea can be found in version nitrated, or saturated bubbles of nitrogen, as well as water from the soda fountain. This is a great option for hot weather.
5. Craft tea – kraft tea
Craft products are known primarily to beer lovers. This term means small local breweries brewing beer using traditional methods, using local ingredients.
It turns out that also tea can be made in a craft way, in small manufactories and using certified, organic components from fair trade plantations. In this approach, “kraft” becomes synonymous with purity and quality. When choosing kraft tea, we are also sure that the drought does not contain chemicals used to protect growing tea shrubs.
Thanks to this, recently craft tea tea is gaining popularity. The bottled version is also an interesting alternative to sugar-saturated drinks. That is why it is worth paying attention to the origin of the selected tea and carefully look at the markings on the packaging.