Whether you’re single, coupled up or it’s complicated, you can always infuse your Valentine’s Day with some tea love. We’ve come up with a fabulously fresh and (mostly) healthy Valentine’s Day tea pairing menu for you. Much like wine pairing, pairing tea with food is a sensory experience, perfect for the most romantic day of the year.
Aperitif: Jewelled Jasmine Mimosa Mocktail
Start the evening off right with an impressive aperitif! Take a chilled Mighty Brew Jasmine Kombucha and combine with organic apple juice poured over ice. Garnish with pomegranate seeds dropped into the base of the flute, add a mint sprig pegged to the side.
- 75ml Mighty Brew Jasmine Kombucha
- 35ml Organic Apple Juice
- 2 Teaspoon of fresh Pomegranate Seeds
- 6 Mint Leaves
Starter: Oysters with The Tea Makers of London Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea
Casanova was reputed to eat 50 oysters for breakfast everyday which is probably where oysters got their aphrodisiacal reputation from. They are packed with zinc, so a great feel good energy booster and apparently libido enhancer! We paired our oysters with a delicate and sweet Jasmine Silver Needle tea from The Tea Makers of London which pairs great with any seafood, and particularly well with the soft, plump, mineral flavour of the oysters.
Main: Halloumi & Fig Salad with Nazani Tea Roasted Spring Oats
From beatings with fig tree branches in ancient Greece to promote fruitfulness to the Moroccan custom of throwing figs and raisins over newlyweds, figs have long been associated with fertility. Legend has it that they were Cleopatra’s favourite fruit! So we have gone for a delicious and healthy Halloumi & Fig Salad for our main. We paired this with Roasted Spring Oats from Nazani Tea, the natural nutty flavour and caramel notes pair so well with the saltiness of the halloumi cheese. Give it a try!
Dessert: Lemon Meringue Tart with Whittard of Chelsea English Rose Tea
Roses just had to have a starring role in our Valentine’s Day menu, so it appears in both the food and tea for our dessert. We went for a zesty Lemon Meringue Tart with raspberry & rose coulis paired with English Rose by Whittard of Chelsea. The rich black tea base is infused with fragrant rose flavours that really elevate the citrus tones of the dessert. Wonderful!
Let us know if you give any of these a try. Take a pic and tag us on Instagram @nationalteaday
Check out our Valentine’s Day Tea Gift Guide for the perfect gift for your special tea lover, or why not just treat yourself!