Hands up who’s taking a break from alcohol this month! Having survived the excesses of the festive season, our bodies deserve a well earned rest and a bit of TLC, don’t you think?
This month is the perfect time to kickstart your new health regime and feel better about yourself. And us Brits are leading the trend in switching to low or no alcohol beverages. Research has shown that a huge 65% of 25-34 year olds in the UK are trying, or have reduced their alcohol intake.
However, it doesn’t have to be boring! This month tea is your friend even more than usual. And just because you’ve taken up the Dry January challenge doesn’t mean no more nights out on the town.
Here come our recommendations whether you fancy a classic cocktail, a sumptuous pairing dinner, or a night in with the guys and gals.
Cocktails at the Smith & Whistle with Mighty Brew
Kombucha is a slightly sparkling fermented tea, so the perfect non alcoholic alternative. Mighty Brew’s organic kombucha comes in a range of fantastic flavours, like Sencha, Lemongrass, Jasmine. Pop down to the Smith & Whistle at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane where they’ve put a tea twist on the classic French 75 cocktail using the Hemp flavour kombucha. Check out the video to see Bar Manager, Salman in action!
Tea Pairing Dinner at Club Gascon
A Michelin starred restaurant, Club Gascon has been serving innovative cuisine from the South West of France since 1998. Recognising the trend for reduced alcohol consumption, especially at lunchtime, they introduced a tea pairing menu in 2017. Treat yourself to their delectable 5 or 7 course tasting menu at lunch or dinner with 3 beautifully paired teas.
Throw a DIY mixology party and get your guests creating their own tea mocktails! To get you started here are a couple of our favourites that have seen us through Dry January so far.
Spiced Apple Mock-tea-ni
- 2 Amber Rose Yunnan Green teabags
- 2 tbsp syrup half tsp cinnamon (ground)
- 300ml apple juice
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- apple slices
- sparkling water
Steep 2 teabags of Amber Rose Yunnan Green tea in 300ml of boiling water for 4 hours. Remove bags and put liquor in a saucepan with the syrup/agave and simmer until reduced by half. Cool down the tea syrup to room temperature. Mix tea syrup, ground cinnamon and apple juice and muddle. Pour into 4 martini glasses, top with sparkling water and add a cinnamon stick and fresh apple slices for garnish.
- 1 teabag Yogi Tea Peaceful Moment (Rooibos with lavender oil and lemon balm)
- 30ml Pimento drink
- 30ml Apple juice
- 10ml Lemon juice
- 30ml Sparkling water
Brew tea with 150ml freshly boiled water for 5 minutes and leave to cool. Stir in apple juice, lemon juice and Pimento. Add ice and top up with sparkling water, and enjoy!
Spicy Winter Cooler
- 3 Oteas Lemongrass, Ginger and Cinnamon teabags
- agave nectar
- sliced fresh peaches
- slices of fresh ginger
Using a large teapot, infuse teabags in 750ml boiling water. Add agave nectar to taste, then place teapot in the fridge to cool until ready to serve. Add sliced peaches and ginger to 3 or 4 glasses and pour over the iced tea. Enjoy!
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