With summer now upon us, it’s time to extend your beverage menu! Whether you’re an establishment looking for new drink ideas or want to explore new taste combinations for summertime drinks at home, herbs and spices are the perfect ingredient to revitalise your cold drinks! A cold drink scattered with a little extra flavour is the perfect way to indulge, leaving your guests, and you, refreshed and ready to face the hot weather in the warmer weeks ahead!
If you’re asking what is iced tea, well, it’s exactly what it says on the tin! Iced tea is tea that is brewed hot and left to cool and chilled for cold drinking. It’s often sweetened with syrup or sugar. The great thing about this drink is that you can use fruit, herbs and spices to shake up this summertime classic. Lighter flavours tend to work best in iced tea, so not to overpower this cold brew.
The best way to use wholesale herbs and spices in iced tea is to place them in a saucepan with room temperature water. Bring the pot to a boil, remove from heat, add the tea bags, and let everything steep for roughly three minutes (any longer than this could result in a bitter flavour). The heat will encourage the volatile oils to infuse and subtly flavour your iced tea! Strain and let cool, add some ice to a glass and pour your mix in!
Popular herbs and spices to flavour chilled tea include: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Lavender, Lemongrass and Mint.
Home-made still lemonade is delicious and extremely refreshing on a hot day! It’s so simple to make and that little extra flavour can easily be added by utilising different fruits, herbs and spices! The basic recipe usually includes lemon juice, water, ice and some sweetener in the form of honey, sugar or syrup. You add any herb or spice to the mix too.
Simply heat the water in a pot and carefully blend in the sweetener. Add your chosen spices and simmer for 1 minute. Let rest for 10 minutes, strain out the herbs and spices and pour into a large jug. Squeeze the lemon juice into the jug and add more water. You can also add ice cubes, lemon slices or any other fresh fruit you’d like to compliment the flavours.
Mint, Basil, Thyme, Chamomile and Ginger taste delicious in a still lemonade!
You can make any fresh juice into a fizzy and fresh sipper to enjoy in the sunshine! By mixing your chosen juice(s), - this can be cordial, puree or fresh juice - herbs and spices and soda or sparkling water together, you can add a revitalising kick to any flavoured juice. Although the fruit juice and soda combination doesn’t matter as much when it comes to flavour matching, the herb and spice pairings do. It’s important that the juice and spices complement each other, or you’ll end up with a strange, potent and most likely bitter concoction! Here are just some of our favourite sparkling combinations.
- Orange, cucumber and thyme
- Nectarine, lemon, ginger and mint
- Peach and thyme
- Summer fruits and sage
- Pomegranate, ginger, and lime
- Nectarine and basil
- Apple juice, ginger and lemongrass
- Passionfruit, orange, mint and ginger
- Strawberry, jalapeño and a dash of chilli
- Raspberry, rosemary and basil
- Lychee, passionfruit and chilli
- Lemon, mint, turmeric, black pepper
Not a fan of fizz? Just add cold water and ice instead of soda to make any of these suggestions still!
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