RECIPE – Instant Firebird Whisky Cocktail

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Insta Tea

Tea-time meets happy hours with this classic instant tea cocktail that is straightforward, well-balanced and boasts myriad of refreshing flavors that you are bound to enjoy!

1/4 tsp Instant black tea powder
50ml JW Red Label
4 mint leaves
Lemon slices
1 inch ginger
2 tsp honey

Pop 3–4 mint leaves into a shaker. Add instant tea powder, Johnnie Walker Red Label, ginger piece, a lime slice, honey and muddle them together. Add ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a glass with 2-3 ice cubes and 3-4 lemon slices. Garnish with mint leaves.

Caramelised scallops, smoky steak or bbq veggies – preferably brussel sprouts.

RECIPE – Rangsaa Levitate Healthy Pomegranate Martini Cocktail

recipe-tea-rangsaa-levitate-2-copyMixing fruity, herbal teas and alcohol is the trendiest flavor adored by mixologists. It’s fun, exciting and addictive. Try the delectable blend of great flavors in this fashionably refreshing Rangsaa cocktail, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, that help protect your ticker.

1 tsp Rangsaa Levitate
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate juice
40 ml vodka
1 lemon

This cocktail infuses pomegranate juice with surprising flavors of tea. Start by making the tea concoction. Brew 1 tsp Rangsaa levitate in 1/2 cup pre-boiled water for 30 minutes.To enhance the flavors of the martini, refrigerate the brewed tea for 3-4 hours before you make your drink. While your tea is brewing squeeze out some fresh pomegranate juice and keep aside.

Before you make your drink, first run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of your glass and roll it in salt. To make your drink, combine vodka, pomegranate juice, tea concoction and juice of one lemon in a cocktail shaker over ice, and shake. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy this beauty.

With your health conscious friends.

Tea Cocktails – Not So Looong Island Ice Tea

tea-talk-2Surprising as it may sound, the centuries old LIIT, a favourite cocktail for many, has now started seeing an innovation of sorts with actual tea in it.

The tea trend has motivated bartenders to explore new tweaks and additions in old drinks, especially in a bid to cater to health-conscious individuals. In a world where schedules are tight and the pace of life increasingly fast, more and more people are drawn towards natural and healthy substitutes for traditional dietary options, giving rise to an increase in the number of tea adapters.

High-end bars and cocktail lounges across the globe have started seeing a shift towards various tea-based cocktails that are now gaining wide popularity. Cashing in on this trend towards ‘healthy’ cocktails, even alcohol and coffee producers are exploring fusion styles with tea.

What makes tea and alcohol the ideal partners for the perfect drink? The inherent natural synergies present in the two beverages and similarities in flavor and aroma lend great beauty to the mixture. The two complement each other and result in a concoction made superior by the combined flavor profiles.

Sarah Allard, Founder of London-based company  Leaf and Liquor, is a strong proponent for tea cocktails. In conversation with LoveforTea she says, “ I do like mixing whiskey with tea – it works particularly well with rich, malty black teas and smoky/charcoal flavored teas. She further adds, “Tea is so diverse – the depth of flavors means you can create a cocktail base that has a multi-sensory effect. Most of us enjoy a cup of tea and green tea consumption is on the rise. It’s only natural the next step is to explore the creative levels to which we can take the humble leaf – something consumers really enjoy and appreciate.”

The delicate balance of unique flavours found in a tea blend with the right kind and amount of alcohol can make for stunning hot and cold cocktails, a territory an increasing number of mixologists are venturing into. Maureen Donegan, the Bar Director at Presidio Social Club in San Francisco says, “Tea is versatile and yields myriad flavor profiles when paired with different ingredients. The combinations are endless. The opportunity to use an herbal tea with, say, a herbal liquor, is a big advantage to a non-caffeine drinker.”

Tea is mutitalented in nature, offering something for everyone. The number of liquor brands globally that are taking to creating tea cocktails goes on to highlight the popularity of this mixture across the world. Alcohol leader Johnnie Walker is an active player in the space, with it’s website featuring quirky and easy-to-do recipes. Tea Enriched Alcohol, a London-based premium gin and vodka brand, is another interesting player that specialises in tea infused spirits. Long Leaf Tea Vodka, Australia’s first tea infused vodka also seems to be riding on the back of the trend.

So the next time you’re out on a Friday night, don’t forget to ask your bartender for an exciting new tea cocktail!

RECIPE – Rangsaa Reborn Peach Iced Tea Whiskey Cocktail

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Reborn Peach

Sweet peaches team up with fresh mint and whiskey in this flavorful and refreshing tea infused cocktail, that is perfect for both a summer party and a mellow summer night.

4 tsp Rangsaa Reborn
Jack Daniel’s Tennesse Whiskey
4-5 sweet ripe peaches
5 tsp honey
1 Lemon
Fresh mint

Bring about four cups of water to a boil. Add tea and let it brew for 10 minutes. Once cool, add honey, stir the mixture and refrigerate. On the side, get your peaches ready. Cut the peaches in thin slices and refrigerate. When all your add ons are ready, it’s cocktail time. For each cocktail, pour 1/2 cup iced tea on the rocks. Add 40 ml JD, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup peach slices and stir. Garnish with mint. Serve and enjoy!

Fried spicy fish or greens.

RECIPE – Rangsaa Insignia Strawberry Martini

Recipe Tea Rangsaa Insignia Strawberry MartiniFruity, boozy drinks are the hallmark of summer. Let’s live the season off in style and get drinking those strawberries with this beautiful and refreshing tea infused martini.

1 tsp Rangsaa Insignia
8-10 Strawberries
30-40 ml citrus vodka
Ice cubes

Start by preparing the tea infused ice cubes. Brew 1 tsp of Insignia in 250 ml pre-boiled water for 20 minutes. Once cool, refrigerate the tea in an ice tray. After the ice cubes are ready, follow the after-procedure right before serving your drink.

Add the strawberries and ice in a food processor and process until smooth. To prepare your drink add starwberry puree and vodka in a cocktail shaker and shake it for about 15 seconds. Pour into a martini glass immediately and garnish with strawberry.

Crispy and spicy meat starters to compliment the strong and sweet notes of the drink.

Serving size – 1
Prep time – 2 hrs

RECIPE – Rangsaa Levitate and Johnnie Walker Tea Cocktail

recipe-tea-rangsaa-levitate-1We favor Johnnie Walker Black Label because it’s vibrant, bold, smoky and aromatic qualities blend really well in tea cocktails. Here’s a simple and quick recipe with Rangsaa Levitate, that is delicious and a great way to savor the classic spirit.

50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
1 tsp Rangsaa Levitate
1 inch ginger slice
1 Lemon

Begin with making the 100ml tea base. Add rangsaa levitate in pre-boiled water and brew for about 10 minutes, and strain it. Once cool, refrigerate the base for an hour. To make your drink, fill a glass with ice cubes. Add black label, ginger slice and stir. Top up with infused tea base and garnish with a lemon wedge.

With grilled or smoked meat dishes!

Serving size – 1
Prep time – 2 hrs

RECIPE – Tea Shandy, My Summer Chiller!

Shandy Lemon Mint

The days are getting warmer and we are in dire need to have a reviving drink, especially on a Sunday afternoon. Try this chilled cocktail – a beautiful blend of tea, beer, lemon and herbs for a mellow-yellow-sunday refresher.

(approx 3 servings)
Chilled Budweiser
4 tsp Darjeeling Whole Leaf Tea
1 cinnamon stick
3 lemons
5 tsp honey
Mint leaves

Depending on the servings, keep an approximation of one part tea and one part beer. To make the tea mixture, boil water with cinnamon for 5 minutes. Add tea leaves and honey to pre-boiled water, mix it and let it brew for 4 minutes. Once cool, refrigerate the mixture. To make the drinks, add juice of half lemon in each glass, add ice, tea mixture and top it with chilled beer. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

When fun, party and beer is on your mind!

RECIPE: Spice TEA, My Holiday Special!

Russian Tea

“A little cup of friendship in this cup of Tea, When you sit and drink it, think of Love from me.”

Make some memories this Christmas with my special tea recipe for the holidays. It has the aromas of cinnamon, clove and lemon, mingled with hot fruit juices and fine Bourbon. This tea tastes like Christmas in a cup. It is citrusy, sweet and spicy.

4 cups water
3 tsp whole leaf Orange Pekoe Tea
1 cup fresh Orange juice
1/2 cup fresh Pineapple juice
3/4 cup Bourbon
Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Cloves
1 cinnamon stick
6 tsp organic honey

Boil water with the spices for 5 mins and remove from heat. Add tea to pre-boiled water, cover and steep for another 5 minutes. On the side, heat juices together in a saucepan and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Now add the strained hot tea and heat the mixture together for another 2 mins. Remove from heat, squeeze the lemon juice, stir in honey and bourbon. Your special tea is ready…serve hot!

Enjoy this tea by yourself, or make and share with your family and guests at holiday get-togethers.

RECIPE: Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka

Honestly if you are given a choice between Armegeddon and TEA, you don't say 'what kind of tea?' - Neil Gaiman

Honestly if you are given a choice between Armegeddon and TEA, you don’t say ‘what kind of tea?’ – Neil Gaiman

This Jasmine tea infused cocktail is yum, quick and easy to make. It’s floral, citrus, sweet and sour flavours make it a perfect drink for warm weather. The jasmine tea infused vodka would have everyone asking you at the party – what’s in it? So, get the ingredients on and try this interesting tea cocktail.

(approx 4 servings)
4 tsp loose leaf jasmine tea
1 part vodka
2 parts pineapple juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 lemon sliced

Add 4 tsp of jasmine tea and a cinnamon stick to pre-boiled water and let it steep for 20 mins. Strain out leaves and let it cool and refrigerate for few hours. Place all the ingredients in a mixer and add crushed ice. Shake vigorously, strain and pour in glasses. Garnish with lemon peel. Sip it and let me know how it turned out.

When you are in a fun state of mine or you simply feel like having vodka.

RECIPE – Tea Sangria, Summer Party Special!

tea Sangria, tea recipe

“Drinking tea with a pinch of imagination!” – 50 Ways to Drink Tea

This is one of my favorite tea recipes for summer- it’s my refreshing Spice Tea Sangria. It has beautiful notes of many flavors of herbs, fruits and cinnamon, with refreshing and citrousy aftertaste.

3 Tbsp Black Tea (Black tea is preferred in infusions, as it goes well with strong flavors of fruits and spices)
2 Cinnamon sticks
3 Sliced Oranges
1 cup Sliced Peaches
1 cup Sliced Strawberries
3 Sliced Lemons
Mint leaves
Organic Sugar
Red Wine (Optional)

In a teapot or jar, add tea leaves to pre-boiled water and steep for 4 minutes. Strain out leaves and let tea cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Top it with lots of mint leaves. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Makes 5 to 6 servings. Also, you can use oolong tea instead of black tea, if desired. Choose a lightly oxidized/fermented oolong to complement the sangria’s fruity, spicy flavors.

Summer parties along with summer dresses, with good music and company. It’s simple and perfect for moments when you want to surprise someone, give them some tea inspiration or just party away the summer!