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Good morning, tea friends! How was your weekend? I hope that you had a lovely time, and if you were in Upstate NY with us, I do hope that you were able to stay dry with all the rain that we were graced with on Saturday! Today, I wanted to chat with you all about a recent trend that we have seen become especially popular this summer. We have noticed customers have been asking us continually about sparkling teas. Not only are restaurants and food trucks beginning to offer this delicious drink on their menus but beverage companies such as Corona, Tama Tea, Twisted Tea, Sparkling Botanicals, Twelve's Rebel Hard Coffee & Tea, Töst, and various others are coming out with their own versions as well! In this blog post, we will take on this new craze, provide you with an easy recipe for making it at home, and talk about some teas we recommend for you to try with it!
(AKA Carbonated Iced Tea, Bubbly Iced Tea, Iced Tea Sparkler, or Iced Tea Spritzer)
- 2 teaspoons of the loose leaf tea of your choice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice
- 1/4 cup sparkling water
- glass filled with ice
- fruit, herbs, and/or garnishes of your choice (optional)
1. Heat water to the appropriate temperature for the type of tea you are using.
3. Remove tea leaves. Stir in sweetener (if desired) until dissolved.
4. Fill a glass with ice cubes. If adding any fruit or herbs to the sparkling iced tea, place pieces between ice cubes. Then, pour in the steeped tea. Make sure the glass is not filled all the way.
5. Top with sparkling water, stir and enjoy!
In making my own sparkling teas, I have found that I am partial to our tisane teas, especially in the summertime. Tisanes are comprised of dried fruits and herbs that, when brewed, release their vibrant and refreshing flavors. A few that I have found to be particularly delicious, specifically for sparkling tea, include our Bright Orange, Ipanema Clementine Spice, Canandaigua Chill, and Angel Falls Mist. The citrus, fruity, and unique tones to each of these blends make them well suited to the bursting bubbles that will accompany them from the sparkling water. One other tea that I highly recommend for this fun, new trend proves our Citron Green tea. I love this tea in creating a sparkling tea as the sweet, lemon-y notes really shine through, and the flavors become even more evident as each little bubble pops across your tongue. Perhaps, add a bit of lemonade and your own wedge of lemon to the glass for added flare as well!