Tea Mocktails: Fill Your Cup with the Holiday Spirit
This year the holiday season looks a little different for everyone. Work parties are being held via Zoom, presents are being exchanged long-distance, and everyone's circle is a little bit smaller. But even as the year comes to a close and the world faces an uncertain future, we see these unprecedented times as an opportunity to reflect on our blessings and create new traditions; what better way to do that than with a cup of holiday tea?
Being stuck in our own houses this year has inspired us to come up with some tasty tea-based mocktail recipes that are delectable additions to your holiday season.
Pictured above, this enticing cranberry spice mocktail offers a tart and sweet option with a hints of orange. This drink is perfect for singing carols and fireside chats.
- 1 tablespoon Mulling Spice
- 1 tablespoon Berry Blast
- 6 ounces water
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Simple Syrup
- orange slice garnish
- **Add a shot of gin for an adult version**
- Using a steeper or Ingenuitea, steep tisane mixture in boiling water (212°F/100°C) for 5 minutes.
- Fill a rocks glass with ice
- Pour concentrated infusion over ice (Tea to water ratio ensures that your drink is the perfect dilution, a practice perfected in our stores)
- Add vanilla syrup and stir
- Garnish with an orange slice
An Irish twist on the popular London Fog tea latte, this creamy mocktail can be enjoyed hot or over ice.
- 2 tablespoons Earl Grey Starlight
- 16 ounces water
- 1.5 tablespoons Monin Irish Cream flavor
- Milk or milk substitute to taste
- **Substitute an Irish Cream liqueur for an adult version**
- Steep Earl Grey Starlight in boiling water (212°F/100°C) for 4-5 minutes depending on preference. Longer steep time will result in a stronger signature Earl Grey citrus flavor. (We recommend using an Ingenuitea for easiest drink construction but you can also brew this concentrate using tea sacs or a steeper.)
- Strain/pour concentrate over a pint glass full of ice.
- Stir in flavor and milk or milk substitute
For a hot version of this drink, follow the recipe for our London Fog Latte and substitute the Irish Cream flavor.
Inspired by a Puerto Rican holiday drink similar to eggnog, this coconut cinnamon mocktail is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Our creation is mildly caffeinated and best enjoyed over ice.
- 2 tablespoons Tropical Coconut
- 1 tablespoon Gaucho
- 16 ounces water
- 2 tablespoons sweetened and condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- **Add a shot of rum for an adult version**
- Steep Tropical Coconut and Gaucho in 190°F/87°C water for 5 minutes
- In a pint glass combine honey, sweetened and condensed milk, and cinnamon. (Pour a little of the steeping tea over over the ingredients to make it easier to combine)
- Fill glass with ice
- Strain tea concentrate over ice and stir to blend
- Add milk or milk substitute to taste
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick