Are you looking for a unique way to impress guests and ring in the new year? Well, get ahead of the tea trend of 2020 by serving up this sure-fire crowd-pleaser for any celebration: sparkling tea.
This twist on a cuppa can be made different ways and is bound to delight the crowd. Currently popular with brunchers who are in the know, this tea drink – best served chilled – can be found in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties.
Upmarket UK grocer Fortnum & Mason, owned by the Weston family since the 1950s, brew their own non-alcoholic brand made from a blend of eight teas.
But, to save yourself the overseas shipping fees, here are a few simple recipes you can easily make at home.
To make the tea-infused vodka
- 6 tea bags (black tea is best)
- 1 bottle of vodka
To make the champagne drink
- 3/4 oz. elderflower liquor
- 3/4 oz. tea-infused vodka
- champagne or sparkling wine to taste
How to prepare
To infuse the vodka, place six tea bags into a bottle of vodka and let sit overnight. Do not let tea bags remain in vodka for longer than 24 hours or the taste becomes too bitter.
To make your mix
Add elderflower liquor, vodka liquors and champagne or sparkling wine to champagne flutes.
Green Tea Champagne
- 2 tablespoons green tea leaves
- 1 bottle of chilled brut Champagne or prosecco (or choose a non-alcoholic sparkling wine)
- Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
How to prepare
- Steep the tea leaves in 2 cups of cold water for 6 hours. Strain, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- To serve, fill champagne glasses halfway with the green tea and top off with the Champagne and mint leaves if desired.
Tea-Infused Champagne (Source: HGTV)
Green Tea Champagne (source: Rachel Ray)