Springtime Tea and Coffee Ideas to Quench Your Thirst April 18, 2016 15:07
Here in the UK, our morning cuppa is something of an institution that we can't live without. Even the thought of skipping your tea or coffee is enough to make your blood run cold. But, it can get a little boring, having the same drink day in, day out.
Why not mix up your usual morning drink by trying one of these great tea and coffee recipes? We've taken inspiration from the season, to come up with this list of 7 great drinks for Springtime. All of them are delicious, and can be enjoyed in the morning, or at any time of day.
Jasmine tea originates in China, and is a fragrant green tea, scented by the floral aroma of the jasmine plant. It's sweet floral scent is ideal for this time of year, and the tea can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Jasmine tea usually comes in loose-leaf form, and is available from most supermarkets and specialist Asian stores. Simply pour water over the tea leaves and allow to brew for a few minutes, strain and serve.
Our Tea Garden teacup is inspired by oriental flower gardens, so is ideal to enjoy a cup of Jasmine tea.
Cold Brewed Coffee
Cold Brewed coffee is much less acidic than hot-brewed coffee, and because of this it has a natural sweetness. Also, because the coffee is already cold, you won't dilute it so much when you add the ice, so it will retain a strong coffee flavour. Simply pour cold water over some fresh coffee grounds, and leave to infuse at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Then strain and transfer to the refrigerator. Serve as is, or add ice.
You might think cold coffee is madness, but don't knock it until you've tried it. It's an ideal drink for this time of year, and would look great served in our Mandala Madness mug.
White Chocolate Mocha
Although the weather is warming up, there are some days in Spring when only a hot drink will do. To make a white chocolate mocha, warm some milk in a saucepan and add a few drops of vanilla extract. In a mug or latte glass, mix together an espresso with ¼ cup of white chocolate chips until melted. stir in the warm milk mixture and add sugar to taste. For an extra-indulgent treat, top with whipped cream.
This drink is a real hug in a mug – so why not serve it in our Hug In A Mug latte glass?
Matcha Green Tea Latte
Matcha Green Tea is one of the latest in healthy drinks, due to its antioxidant properties. But instead of just making a regular green tea, matcha powder can also be used in lattes. Warm some milk (or soy milk) in a saucepan. In a mug or cup, add a scoop of matcha powder, and add some boiling water until it forms a thin paste. Pour over the warm milk and stir until combined. Add honey or agave syrup to taste.
We think our Breaking Waves teacup is perfect for enjoying a matcha latte.
Classic Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea is a staple drink in the deep south of the USA, and every family has their own recipe. Because the weather is so warm in Spring and Summer, hot drinks are definitely off the menu, so they make this chilled tea instead. Add 10-12 teabags to a pitcher or jug, and pour over boiling water. Let the tea brew for about 6 minutes, then remove the teabags and allow to cool. To serve, add ice cubes, and sweeten with honey or sugar syrup.
This drink is traditionally served in a clear glass, rather than a teacup or mug, so try our Initial Me Once latte glass.
Thai Iced Coffee
This is an exotic twist on a classic iced coffee, and uses Thai-inspired flavourings to really give a kick! Add 3-4 cardamom pods to your ground coffee, and brew as normal. Add a teaspoon of almond extract, and sugar to taste. Allow to cool. To serve, fill a mug 2/3 of the way with the coffee mixture, add some crushed ice, then top with a heaped spoonful of whipped cream. Delicious!
Our Tropical Delight mug is the perfect mug to complement the tropical flavours of this Thai coffee.
Another health trend at the moment is adding a scoop of butter or coconut oil to your morning coffee. Not only does it give you a huge energy boost to help you get through the day, but it's actually thought to help you lose weight. Bulletproof coffee helps kick-start the fat-burning part of your metabolism, meaning that fats are processed more quickly by the body. Now is the time to start getting in shape for Summer, so why not try this and let us know if it works!?
If you've tried a bulletproof coffee in the morning, then you'll have to try our Thirst Things First mug.
Have you tried any of these recipes? Or do you have a Springtime tea/coffee recipe of your own? Let us know in the comments below.
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