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This week I want to tell you all about a tea to which I have become very attached. I have been brewing up iced white strawberry tea this summer to beat the band…and the heat. The combination of teas, flowers, fruits and vanilla creates a lovely flavor profile that is complex and delightful in summer. White tea from China is mixed with roiboos tea, apple pieces, blueberries, hibiscus, natural strawberry flavor, strawberries, blue cornflowers, rose petals, and natural vanilla flavor is amazing on the taste buds. If you close your eyes and concentrate you can pick out some of the individual ingredients. The white tea itself has a natural mild melon taste. It is the most subtle of teas, and the least processed. It contains more antioxidants than black or green tea. I adore the flavor of it.
We are suffering in the great southwest from a severe heat wave. We have to drink copiously and frequently to avoid severe health problems. It is the most serious heat streak we have experienced in decades. One must continue to drink water along with the tea of choice to stay in balance. The choice of tea is also important, since caffeine has the effect of dehydrating the system. The white strawberry is an excellent choice since most of the ingredients contain no caffeine. The resulting mix is a beverage very low in caffeine and high in antioxidants and minerals. Roiboos tea is rich in minerals, and contains antiviral and anti inflammatory agents. The berries also provide antioxidants as well as color and flavor. This is a lovely tea to both smell and see before it is brewed. The scent is heavenly, and the flecks of blue cornflower and red rose petals add beautiful accent colors.
I have not tried this tea as a cocktail base, but can imagine a strawberry daiquiri style drink made with it. It would also be great with the addition of a whipped vodka shot, but then what isn’t? I just drink it all day as my go to chiller. I find myself brewing this favorite at least twice a week since the heat became so oppressive. It lifts my spirits, even without any additional spirits. I recommend it. I toast your good health on this first day of summer, gentle reader. Cheers! Stay hydrated, my friends.
Today I am enjoying the lilting lemon flavor of Roiboos Lemon Cloud tea from Adagio. The weather is hot and my day will be busy. I don’t need any extra caffeine. This delightful tea has zero to put me on edge as a breeze through the afternoon. I will probably consume half a gallon of this on ice to stay cool and hydrated. The natural lemon flavor is highlighted with vanilla and lemon grass. This blend reminds me of lemon merengue pie, but has no fat or calories. I think the creamy vanilla adds the dessert touch to this tea without adding any sweetener.
I will drink it for lunch with a big salad. Roiboos tea has no bitter aftertaste, and therefore combines well with any meal. The fresh light taste combines perfectly with fresh raw vegetables and fruits. Hot or cold with dessert of any kind Lemon Cloud provides a sweet yet tangy contrast. We have some blueberry cheesecake ice cream in the freezer that will be superb with the vanilla/lemony tea. I have some rhubarb to stew that will also taste great with this tea. My flavor profile for the day promises to be healthy and delicious.
I like gin and tea cocktails, but think that fruit flavored rum would be a fun way to create a Lemon Cloud tea cocktail. A coconut rum shot would compliment the flavors nicely. You can use your imagination and discretion. I use a little alcohol to tea, but you can use the ratio you prefer during your cocktail hour. Experiment. There is a world beyond Long Island Iced Tea waiting for you to discover.
I recommend this tea to everyone. It is a good calorie and caffeine free choice for kids as well as adults. The sophisticated flavor blend might convert some soda pop drinkers to iced tea. It could be served at high tea with milk and sugar for a twist. I buy it in the 16 ounce pouch, which prices out to about 10 cents a cup. It is a thrifty and delightful alternative to bottled drinks. The high mineral content and antioxidants contained in roiboos give the body a healthy boost while delivering sweet, slightly nutty flavor. Santé!