Black tea paired with citrus is a time-honoured classic. In Britain a lot of us enjoy Earl Grey Tea, which is a black tea flavoured with oil of bergamot, from the bergamot orange fruit. Ramping up the citrus element with a cooled-down tea plus some ice really makes the drink exceedingly refreshing in the warmer summer months.
Not only that, black tea is known for lowering blood cholesterol and decreasing blood pressure, whilst citrus fruits contain antioxidants and are high in Vitamin C.
For the tea base, use whichever brand or type of tea you like, at the strength you prefer. We do recommend a black tea of some sort though, as the flavour stands up well to the sharp citrus fruits.
When it comes to the citrus, feel free to include or exclude the fruits you prefer. We went with orange, lemon, and lime for their ready availability. Try to include some extra rind as well; the rind contains the essential citrus oils that will heavily flavour the drink.
As the tea is primarily bitter, and the citrus adds acidity, you may want to mellow down the more astringent flavours by adding a little sugar. We recommend a nice brown or demerara sugar for those caramel notes. Feel free to replace with low/non-sugar sweeteners such as Stevia.
Brew your tea of choice in a Herdy mug, add sugar to your liking, and allow it cool down. Then add an ice cube or two and mix in your citrus. Stir it all around and give it a minute or two to allow the flavours to blend and the oils from the citrus to seep into the drink. Stick a silicon or paper straw through your Herdy Travel Mug lid and screw it on. Voila!
Give these recipes a try
Hopefully these recipes will give you some ideas for cooler refreshing drinks to enjoy in your Herdy Travel Mug, which you can use again and again. It’s vacuum insulated, so it will keep your tea and coffee hot for hours, but it also works equally well with cold drinks.
If you try out these recipes, let us know! But if you have any refreshing cool summer drinks you enjoy, then share with the class. Or you you can join the flock on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or write us an email.