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A Guide To The Best Summer Iced Drinks

How have you been enjoying the weather? Here are some recipes for you to play around! Let’s make the best summer iced drinks and get over the heat of summer together.

At Camellia’s Tea House, we have experimented different flavour combinations and sampled new concoctions and have created a number of truly delicious summer drinks for you guys.

Generally, we cold brew the teas that we use for our ice drinks, as we have found that the brew has a sweeter, fuller flavour. Usually, iced drinks contain tonnes of added sugars, so cold brews are a great option for those of us trying to cut down. Cold brews also contain less caffeine and are much higher in anti-oxidants and vitamin C.

Cold brews need to steep for quite a while – we usually leave ours overnight – and as a result, new flavours develop, giving the teas extra depth. It is easy to combine different blends, and you can get creative and add other ingredients to the mix too. We have found that citrus fruits, berries and mint all make great additions.

Don’t forget to share with us your home-made iced tea by tagging @camellias_teahouse on social media!

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Very Berry Iced Tea
Having all your favorite berries in one cup!
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 2 teaspoons of Very Berry Fruit Infusion per cup.
2. Brew with boiling water in 5 minutes.
3. Remove the infuser and fruit from the tea. Let the tea cool down in room temperature.
4. Stir in sugar/ honey.
5. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh berries.

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Matcha Mango Smoothie
Energy Boost!
Blending Instruction:
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Premium Matcha Powder per cup
2. 1/2 cup of milk
3. Half of the mango
4. Pinch of sea salt
5. Garnish with a slice of mango

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Sparkling Summer Punch
Festive Drink!
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Peach Green Tea and 1 teaspoon of White Orange Tea per 6 ounces of water.
2. Steep green tea for 6 to 8 hours in the fridge.
3. Add lemon-lime soda or any sparkling fruit juice to each cup as preference.
4. Fill with ice and frozen fruits.

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Green Tea Mojito
Brewing Instruction:
1. Muddle the lime juice, mint, and sugar syrup together in a tall glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release.
2. Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea.
3. Pour in cold-brew China Gunpowder Green Tea
4. Stir well and garnish with mint and lime.

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Lemongrass-Lime & Mint Cooler
Summer Detox
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Zest Tea and 1 teaspoon of Peppermint Herbal Infusion per cup.
2. Brew with boiling water in 5 minutes.
3. Remove the infuser and herb from the tea. Let the tea cool down in room temperature.
4. Add in lime/lemon juice.
5. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves, lemongrass, and lemon slices.

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Apricot Cold-brew Tea
A Tropical Taste
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of White Tea Apricot per 6 ounces of water.
2. Steep white tea for 6 to 8 hours in the fridge.
3. Serve the tea as is or with add-ins of your choice: fresh apricot/ peach.
4. The cold-brew tea will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for 3 to 5 days.

Iced Drinks

In was confirmed in the news this week that this May has been the hottest in the UK on record! It certainly makes a nice change from all that snow we were having a couple of months ago… How have you been coping with the heat? Here at the Tea House we have found the best way to manage is to drink copious quantities of ice tea! With so many infusions to choose from, we have enjoyed exploring different flavour combinations and sampling new concoctions and have created a number of truly delicious drinks for you guys.

Don’t worry, we still have the classics, such as iced coffee and iced matcha latte, but what we’re really excited about is the drinks we have developed through our teas, such as our blended ice chai latte, our green tea mojito, and our peach tea lemonade. We won’t be giving away the secret recipes here, but we can assure you they are absolutely delightful! Generally, we cold brew the teas that we use for our ice drinks, as we have found that the brew has a sweeter, fuller flavour. Usually, iced drinks contain tonnes of added sugars, so cold brews are a great option for those of us trying to cut down. Cold brews also contain a lot less caffeine, and are much higher in anti-oxidants and vitamin C.

Cold brews need to steep for quite a while – we usually leave ours overnight – and as a result, new flavours develop, giving the teas extra depth. Its easy to combine different blends, and you can get creative and add other ingredients to the mix too. We have found that citrus fruits, berries and mint all make great additions.

The other great thing about cold brews is that they make a great base for cocktails. We’re currently in the process of developing our cocktail menu, and you can be sure that cold brewed tea will make an appearance.

Drop in and cool off with us!

Delicious Honey Chai Tea Cake Recipe

If you are a fan of Chai Tea then you will love this moist and flavourful cake made from ground almonds and Camellia’s warming Chai Tea.  With autumn in the air this will perk up your dinner table and will be much appreciated by your guests.

Honey Chai Tea Cake

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 180g ground almonds
  • 80g semolina
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60ml milk
  • Tea syrup
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 6 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons of chai tea
  • Honey orange cream
  • 180ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon finely grated orange rind

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 180c/350f. Grease deep 20cm (8-inch) round cake pan; line base and side with baking paper.

2. Beat butter, sugar, honey and spices in a small bowl with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined between additions; transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Fold in ground almonds, semolina, baking powder and milk. Spread mixture into a pan.

3. Bake the cake for 40 minutes. Stand the cake for about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile make the tea syrup. Stir in all the ingredients in a small pan over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and let it cook for about 5 minutes till the syrup thickens.

5. Pour strained hot syrup over the warm cake in the pan and refridgerate for 3 hours. Remove the cake from the pan on to a serving plate and serve at room temperature.

6. To make honey orange cream, beat the cream, honey and orange rind in a small bowl with an electric whisk till soft peaks form.

Camellia’s Christmas Tea and Pumpkin Chai Cookies

This is our favourite tea to get you into the festive spirit and available all year round.  Its a delcious blend of bright Ceylon-China black tea with subtle hints of smoke enriched artistically with crushed cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and orange pieces.  It is highly aromatic with a rich explosion yet perfectly balanced flavours of spice, delicately sweetened with exotic vanilla and harmoniously interlaced with citrus notes of orange.

Camellia’s Christmas Tea makes a perfect festive combination with warm mince pies and home-made Pumpkin Chai Cookies.

Pumpkin Chai Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon Camellia’s loose leaf chai tea (grinded into powder)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1.5 cups dark chocolate chips

Directions:

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine the flour, tea, oats and baking soda.  Stir this into the creamed mixture alternatively with pumpkin.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoonful into greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 F/Gas Mark 4 for 12-13 minutes or until browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes approximately 48 servings

We hope you enjoy this little festive treat!!