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Recipe Box: Zhi’s Iced Thai Tea Cocktail

Thai Iced TeaNaughty, nice, and over ice!

This colorful thai iced tea is the best way to surrender to one’s sweet tooth. While thai iced tea is something one usually enjoys at a restaurant or tea room, here is Zhi’s recipe for you to make at home. We make it with our Austin Breakfast, making it our ‘Texas’ version. We also use coconut cream to make it even silkier, another difference to celebrate in this signature.  Let’s get decadent!

This recipe makes a ½ gallon pitcher. As you can imagine, this is a luxury drink you’ll want to share…or keep sipping on all day long.

Zhi’s Texas Thai Tea

15 minutes, makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of dry Sweet Desert Delight tea

  • 1 tablespoon dry Austin Breakfast tea

  • 6 cups hot water

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • ½ cup condensed milk

  • ice

  • 8 oz vodka *optional

Teaware:

  • teapot or strainer

  • half gallon pitcher

  • cups

Directions:

  1. Steep 4 oz of Sweet Desert Delight in 5 cups of hot water for 10 minutes.

  2. When done, strain and pour steeped tea into half gallon pitcher.

  3. Steep 1 tablespoon of Austin Breakfast in 1 cup of hot water for 3 minutes.

  4. When done, strain and pour steeped tea into half gallon pitcher.

  5. Pour coconut cream and condensed milk into hot tea combo. Stir to dissolve.

  6. Chill by adding a few ice cubes to the pitcher. Stir to dissolve.

  7. Taste. You can add more coconut cream and evaporated milk to sweeten further.

  8. If you’d like to make it into a cocktail, add some vodka.

  9. Now, your pitcher of thai iced tea is complete.

  10. Pour over cups filled with ice and enjoy!

  11. Garnish with star anise.

 

Notes:  Keep stirring! The creamy ingredients will want to separate over time. Enjoy!

Recipe Box: “Pretty-in-Pink” Palmer Tea Punch

Show your sweet side by sharing a batch of this pretty pink tea. A romantic adaptation of the popular Arnold Palmer, this punch is ease and elegance.

Even the most casual cook won’t be able to escape Cupid’s culinary arrow this time…there are only 2 ingredients necessary!

Feeling fancy? Consider garnishing your mocktail with bright red hibiscus tea ice cube hearts. You can also use edible flowers! Directions below.
“Pretty-in-Pink” Palmer 
  • Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 teaspoons Zhi’s White Pomegranate tea
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

Directions

  • In a punch bowl or gallon pitcher, add pink lemonade concentrate and 4 cups cold water. Mix well to dissolve.
  • Make your tea. Take your 12 teaspoons of dry tea leaves and steep in the four cups of hot water. Steep for 3 minutes. (Yes, this is making it a bit strong, but it’s intentional :)
  • Strain out leaves. Chill tea and then add to lemonade.
  • Garnish with strawberry slices, mint leaves or tea ice cubes if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings (12 oz. portions).
Note: To make tea ice cubes and molds, arrange chemical-free edible flowers in a heart or ring mold. Consider using hibiscus tea like Zhi’s Berry Hibiscus or Blood Orange. Steep beforehand according to steeping instructions. Then, when the tea is cool, carefully add enough liquid to partially cover flowers as they rest in their tray. Freeze. Then, add enough water to cover flowers up to your desired level; then, freeze again.

Monday Mashup: High Kick

high kick teaFor a spark of energy at the start of February, we whipped up a pot of our newly invented brew that we’re calling High Kick. This mix of  Zhi Tea’s yerba mate and ginger and lime green rooibos offers grassy notes and intensity from the yerba that complement the bold, bright and citrusy rooibos, resulting in a refreshing beverage. 

Although we tried our concoction piping hot, we think it’d be just as delicious iced for the summer months. Try it straight or add a dash of agave nectar for a sweeter treat. Either way, we’re confident this Monday Mashup will entice your senses and delight your tastebuds.

Love is Brewing!

Love is BrewingYes, there are a million reasons to hate Valentine’s Day; we know. But, after the initial wave of cynicism passes, it’s almost impossible for us not to get excited about a day that celebrates Love. Don’t you agree? 

This year, don’t let the inevitable commercialism prevent you from getting excited about connecting with those you care about. As you know, the smallest gestures, the quickest glances, and the softest touches are often the most meaningful. Naturally, all of these qualities are present in Zhi’s true love: tea. 

What do you love about tea? Which special someone will enjoy a cuppa with you this Valentine’s Day? 

Consider sending your favorite rose tea to a far away friend so you can share a cup long-distance. Find a fun Valentine’s recipe to make and share with the office. Or, craft a handmade card to share with your sweetheart (while drinking tea, of course). Host a pretty pink Valentine’s Tea Party with your favorite gal pals.

No matter how you surrender to Cupid’s arrow, we know it will be remembered fondly.

Zhi partners with Rye & the Good Food Awards to celebrate America’s food culture

This weekend, food artisans from all over the country gathered in San Fransisco to attend the national Good Food Awards. 

An effort to celebrate and share the culinary achievements in categories like cheese, preserves, coffee and spirits, the Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat. Tasty, authentic and responsibly produced, these artisan food makers (like Zhi) truly take pride in their work and are grateful for such a supportive foodie culture. This means you!

One year, Zhi hopes that they’ll have a category for tea (wink). Meanwhile, we were honored and flattered when asked to sponsor the event by providing tea to be used at the Awards Ceremony and private parties. Then, we learned that Greg Lindgren of Rye was going to be crafting signature tea cocktails with Zhi as well. Cheers, indeed! He’s been generous to share his recipe for one of the drinks they’ll be serving below.

Learn more about the Good Food Awards and see this year’s winners, as we offer a special congratulations to our Texan friends as well. Pinkies up!

The Grey Lady

Ingredients:

¾ ounce bergamot oleo saccharum

¾ ounce lemon juice

1 ounce Zhi Earl Grey liquid tea made double strength

1 1/2 ounce gin

1 egg white

Garnish: lemon twist

Instructions: Measure all the ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake hard to a 10-second count. Strain into a chilled martini glass, 1/2 rimmed with sugar, and garnish with a lemon twist.