Tea is an excellent drink of choice for any summer gathering — it can be served hot or cold, it’s refreshing, and it’s always delicious.
But what you might not know is that it’s extremely versatile too. Because tea has become increasingly popular in cocktails, now you can enjoy tea at summer parties (and BBQs) with a yummy twist that your friends and family will love!
Read on for the perfect end-of-summer tea-infused cocktail that’s both cooling and tasty with complex flavor notes from each tea.
Blackberry Mojito Tea Spritzer
The Blackberry Mojito Tea Spritzer is very refreshing and uses two different types of tea that complement each other’s tastes very well. And if you decide to skip the alcohol, the combination of teas can provide a lot of health benefits too.
- 4 Tsp Green Tea
- 4 tsp White Tea
- 2 oz White Rum
- 1oz simple syrup
- ¼ cup of fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup of fresh blackberries
- 1 dash of club soda
- ½ lime freshly squeezed
- 3 fresh mint leaves
The teas should ideally be brewed separately the day before you want to enjoy them. When brewing, use a water temperature between 170 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes and then let them cool gradually overnight — steeping at this temperature is perfect for white and green teas as it ensures they maintain their sweet and delicate flavor as well as the structure of their powerful antioxidants. If you brew these teas any hotter, however, the leaves could burn, which destroys the health properties in the tea leaves and makes the tea taste harsh and bitter.
Once the teas have cooled down considerably, add the raspberries and blackberries. This lets the flavor of the berries infuse with the tea and creates the mouthwatering base.
Once the cocktail base is ready, you’re ready to make the rest!
Add ice and rum into a glass followed by the mint leaves, tea, and syrup — gently mix these key ingredients together. Then, add the club soda and add the lime juice into the beverage.
When you’re ready to enjoy, garnish with one or two raspberries and add another fresh mint leaf.
Want even more reasons to sip on this great cocktail this summer?
Think of the health benefits of the non-alcoholic version!
Green tea contains a huge amount of antioxidants that may have positive effects on the body. So far, research has shown green tea can improve brain function and short-term memory. Scientists have also associated it with an increase in metabolism to help you burn some extra fat from diet and exercise.
White tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea, but it goes through a different picking and fermentation process. This actually alters how the antioxidants inside the tea interact with your body, which have been associated with a lower risk of cancer and an improvement in your immune system function.
This perfect summer tea infused cocktail is not only cooling and refreshing, but if you skip the alcohol, it becomes an awesome thirst quencher that may actually have the potential to improve health and promote weight loss. And since it is so easy to make, you’re sure to be impressing your family and friends straight through to the end of the summer!