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Health & Wellbeing / Tamsin Salfrais

5 Ways To Drink Tea When It’s Scorching Hot Out

Sponsored by The London Tea Company

The sun has actually hit the UK this year! We know, it’s a miracle. Now, we don’t want to jinx it, but we’re tentatively packing away those long-sleeved tops and swapping our ankle boots for sandals. With Wimbledon on the horizon too (3rd – 16th July), we’re feeling the summer vibes. So as we hurtle towards one pillar of British culture, we can’t leave our biggest stalwart behind: a good ol’ cup of tea.

A hot brew may be cosy, but now we’ve got the sun to warm us up, it’s time to get creative. The London Tea Company Purple Tea lends itself to so many cool iced tea recipes and the unique hibiscus blend tastes like liquid summer. Prepare a few of these thirst-quenching delights the night before, and then whip them out at a BBQ or in the queue for centre court.

Ice Lollies

A summer favourite for all ages. Don’t tell us you’ve never snuck out the office to the local offy’s freezer section…

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For 3 ice lollies, you’ll need:
4 The London Tea Company ‘Purple Tea’ tea bags
5 cups of boiling water
Honey – to taste
3 popsicle sticks
6 chopped raspberries – the smaller the better
An ice lolly tray

Method:

  1. The first step is pretty much making a really strong cup of tea. Pour the boiling water over the 4 tea bags and leave to stew. After 10 minutes, remove the teabags and leave to cool.
  2. Once the tea is room temperature, sweeten with honey – as much or as little as you like. Pour into the ice lolly tray – not all the way to the top – and drop a few chopped raspberries into each section.
  3. Add the lolly sticks. You can either pop straight into the liquid (and you’ll have quirky, asymmetric vibe going on) or secure with sellotape (pop the stick in the middle, and use four bits of tape to secure, kind of like a hashtag). Pop in the freezer overnight. Job done!

Iced Tea

If you can’t wait overnight to get your tea hit, a classic iced tea is a little quicker to prepare.

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For 3 glasses, you’ll need:
4 The London Tea Company ‘Purple Tea’ tea bags
3 cups of boiling water
Honey – to taste
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
A slice of lemon
Optional: a handful of blackberries

Method:

  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 tea bags and leave to stew.
  2. After 10 minutes, remove the teabags, and add honey and lemon juice to taste. Honey will sweeten the tea, but the dashes of lemon juice will stop it from being too sickly. Pop in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Pour into glasses, top up with ice cubes and garnish with the lemon slice and fruit.

Slushies

Everyone loves a throwback. Sip on a purple tea slushie and let your tastebuds take you back to a simpler time of scrunchies and ball pits.

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For 3 slushies, you’ll need:
4 The London Tea Company ‘Purple Tea’ tea bags
3 cups of boiling water
Honey – to taste
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice (and lots of it!)
A blender

Method:

  1. As with the iced tea, pour the boiling water over the 4 tea bags and leave to stew for 10 minutes.
  2. Once you’ve removed the tea bags, add honey and lemon juice to taste and put in the fridge for two hours.
  3. Pour the cold tea into a blender and add LOADS of ice. Blend until a slushy consistency and serve before it melts.

Fruity Cocktail

We’re not talking potent long island iced teas here; we’re after something a little more Pink (well, purpley-pink).

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For 3 glasses, you’ll need:
4 The London Tea Company ‘Purple Tea’ tea bags
3 cups of boiling water
A bottle of sparkling rose
75ml of vodka
Honey – to taste
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
2-3 blood orange slices
A slice of lime

Method:

  1. Come on, you know the drill by now: pour the boiling water over the 4 tea bags and leave to stew. After 10 minutes, remove the tea bags, add honey and lemon juice to taste and pop in the fridge until cool.
  2. In glasses, pour a 25ml shot of vodka each. Fill the glasses with the cold tea until they are about half full.
  3. Top up the glasses with sparkling rose and add ice cubes. Garnish with the fruit slices. Voila! You’ll have an excess of rose and tea, so drink together, separately or keep for later.

Pomegranate and Hibiscus Mocktail

If alcohol isn’t your thing, but you’re still all about the presentation, give this pomegranate and hibiscus mocktail a go.

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For 3 glasses, you’ll need:
4 The London Tea Company ‘Purple Tea’ tea bags
3 cups of boiling water
2 litre bottle sparkling water
1 large carton of pomegranate juice
Lemon juice – to taste
Ice cubes
A handful of halved strawberries

Method:

  1. Pour the boiling water over the 4 tea bags and leave to stew for. After 10 minutes, remove the tea bag, and place in the fridge until cold.
  2. Pour pomegranate juice into glasses until they’re about a quarter full. Then, add the purple tea until the glasses are half full.
  3. Top up the remainder of the glasses with sparkling water and add ice cubes. Garnish with fruit and lemon, and drink up!

To give one of these recipes a go, or create your own, check out June’s Pink Parcel. The London Tea Company Purple Tea is one of the many goodies in this month’s box, or you can purchase from their range here.

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