3 Simple Tea Based Mocktails for the Holiday Season featuring Bluebird Tea Co
There’s something beautiful about a fancy cocktail in a fancy glass at your fancy as heck Christmas party, but the reality is *SHOCK HORROR* that some people just don’t like to drink.
I wouldn’t class myself as a big drinker, but I also can’t say that I don’t enjoy a drink or two [especially when it’s salted caramel related]. There are some times when I really want a large glass of wine, and other times when I refuse to let go of the Diet Coke bottle.
I created these three mocktail recipes for those times when you kinda can’t decide. They sure taste and look like they’re alcoholic, but [shhhhh!] they’re actually not. I’d recommend making a gigantic pitcher of these for your weekend dinner parties throughout December, and they’d also go perfectly on the table for Christmas day as the kiddies can drink them too. Load ’em up with ice and sip away!
First things first: the tea. You must buy the tea! Bluebird have COME THE F THROUGH this year with their Christmas blends, so you really have to give them a try [not to mention Bluebird Tea is essential in all of these recipes!]. Buy your tea online at Bluebird Tea Co, or alternatively head in store for a sniff + sip before you purchase! Use code GGTEABIRD56 online for 20% off your order.
Now – let’s get to the recipes, shall we?
3 SIMPLE TEA BASED MOCKTAILS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Rhubarb, Blackberry & Custard Bramble
a fruity, creamy and tantalizingly tangy sip for bramble lovers
You’ll need: Rhubarb and Custard tea leaves, 2 teaspoons blackberry syrup, 1/4 cup icy cold sparkling water, 1/4 cup frozen blackberries, half a lemon, ice and rosemary to garnish.
Boil the kettle. In a heatproof bowl, add 2 teaspoons of Rhubarb and Custard tea. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow to steep for five minutes. Strain, and then set aside for twenty minutes.
Once that is done, place the frozen blackberries and 1/4 cup of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Put the lid on tightly and shake – this will muddle and bruise the berries which allows the juice to escape into the cocktail shaker. Add in the blackberry syrup and a squeeze of the lemon, and shake until combined.
Fill your cocktail glasses [I used flat whiskey glasses] halfway with the cooled tea, and add some of the strained blackberry liquid. Top with sparkling water and an ice cube or two if you fancy. I also topped mine with some frozen blackberries, a further squeeze of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.
Mrs Claus’ Raspberry Prosecco
a bubbly raspberry sip perfect those after a touch of Christmas elegance
You’ll need: Mrs Claus Raspberry Prosecco tea leaves [ONLY AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 22ND FOR A LIMITED TIME, or you can buy it right now inside the Christmas Tea Selection Box]. Alternatively, you can use Vicky’s Sponge Cake tea leaves, 1 cup icy cold sparkling water, 1/4 cup frozen raspberries and ice.
Boil the kettle. In a heatproof bowl, add 3 teaspoons of Mrs Claus Raspberry Prosecco OR Vicky’s Sponge Cake tea. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow to steep for five minutes. Strain, and then set aside for twenty minutes.
Top with sparkling water and add a few raspberries to each flute for presentation points.
Mulled Cider Fizz
a citrusy, spiced drink with lots of fizz
You’ll need: Mulled Cider tea leaves, half an orange, 1 cup ginger beer, 1 cup icy cold sparkling water, cinnamon quills, cloves, star anise and ice.
Boil the kettle. In a heatproof bowl, add 4 teaspoons of Mulled Cider tea leaves. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves and allow to steep for five minutes. Strain, and then set aside for twenty minutes.
Pour the cooled tea liquid into a cocktail shaker and add the ice. Shake well.
Pour the lot – ice and all – into your tumblers [these rose gold ones are fab!] until they are half full, and then add the ginger beer and sparkling water.
Top with a squeeze of orange juice, and garnish with the cinnamon quills, cloves, star anise and slices of orange, if you’ve any handy.
If you recreate any of these drinks, make sure to tag me in your pictures on social media @agirlandgrey so I can see your creations!
And make sure to grab 20% off your Bluebird Tea Co. order by using code GGTEABIRD56 at checkout. While you’re there, you should definitely take a look at their Christmas gift range. How cute are those tea filled baubles and crackers?!