Over the last couple of weeks, I've been experimenting with cold brew tea; something I've never tried before. The concept is simple: instead of brewing your tealeaves in hot water for a few minutes, you brew them in cold water in the fridge for a few hours. When Bluebird Tea Co sent me their cold brew bottle to try, along with their new range of summer teas, I was definitely keen to give it a go.
I love the flavour of ginger and so the Ginger Beer tea was definitely the one I was most keen to try (you can find it here). While teas can be cold brewed for up to 24 hours, I've found I like them best after around 4 hours. At that point, plenty of flavour has infused its way into the water, but the flavour isn't bitter at all. The Ginger Beer Tea is lovely both hot and cold and I'm definitely impressed by the balance of the heat of the ginger with the smoother sweetness that makes it taste like ginger beer.
With summer well on its way to making an appearance, it’s incredibly refreshing to make up some cold brew tea from a beautiful summer blend and lace it with fruit and ice for a wonderfully indulgent treat. The Ginger Beer Rooibos is perfect for this with a strong tang of ginger to give it a bit of fizz and the sweeter flavour of lemon and lime which round it out. So here's my recipe for Ginger Beer Tea Punch.
4tsp Ginger Beer Tea
500 ml Cold Water
500 ml Cloudy Lemonade
3 tbsp Lemon Juice
Handful of Strawberries
Bunch of Mint
Add 4tsp of Ginger Beer tea to 500ml of cold water in a cold brew bottle. Leave this in the fridge for four hours for the flavour to develop and the tea to chill.
Strain the tealeaves out of the cold brew and pour the ginger beer tea into a jug along with 500ml of lemonade.
Add 3 tbsp lemon juice for a bit of extra zing.
Slice a lemon and a lime and add to the jug. Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves for a refreshing summer punch.
To serve, pour into a glass over ice, and top with a slice of lemon or lime, a couple of mint leaves and a strawberry.
As the sunny afternoons turn into evening, Ginger Beer Tea Punch also works brilliantly with a 25ml shot of rum added to each glass for a summer evening cocktail. If you're feeling that way inclined!