Summer Cocktails with a Ringtons Twist

Guest post by Jeff LyallGreen Tea Mojito and Proper tea Bourbon

British Summertime is a glorious thing, but be it at the BBQ, or on a picnic, drinks can be a minefield of overly sweet ciders and warm tasteless beers. It’s too warm for red wine, the white wine is never cold enough — it’s time for the best cocktails to come out and shine. Step up your cocktail game this year and ditch the basic Pimms cup – guaranteed to be full of soggy fruit, and try one of these easy to make tea-based cocktails. 

Apart from the odd absolutely glorious day, summer 2015 has so far been a bit of a damp squib, so while it seems to change from glorious sunshine to grey and overcast in the blink of an eye, here’s one fresh and zingy cocktail for when the sun decides to show it’s face, and one for later on in the evening when it’s not really that warm, and you need a bit of a pick-me-up to carry you through the night. 

Green Tea Mojito (makes 1)

This twist on a mojito is just as refreshing as the original mint and rum classic, with a slightly savoury edge form the green tea. For those of you trying to slim down for your summer getaway, make it without the sugar for a virtually calorie free drink.

Green Tea Mojito 4 images

Ingredients

Half a cup of Ringtons Everyday Green Tea

1tb freshly squeezed lime juice

10-12 sprigs of mint

2ts sugar

50ml your favourite white rum

cucumber/mint to garnish

Method

Brew your tea, making sure it’s strong but not over stewed to avoid any bitterness. Allow to cool fully. 

If you have a simple syrup to use in place of the sugar, great, if not, muddle together the mint leaves and the sugar, with the lime juice at the bottom of your glass until all of the sugar has dissolved – you don’t want to taste grainy sugar in your final drink. Once dissolved, add in a handful of ice, add the rum, and top the glass with your tea, and some sparkling water if needed. Garnish with a twirl of cucumber, or a few sprigs of fresh mint, and you’ll have something with a slight zing to cool you down.

Green Tea Mojito

Proper Tea with Bourbon (makes 1)

The sun’s going down, it’s starting to get a little bit too chilly to wear shorts – bust out the bourbon and have something that’ll warm you up. Slightly stronger, but still fresh enough for summer with a twist of orange zest and mint.

Proper Tea Bourbon

Ingredients

Half a cup of Ringtons Kenyan Gold

1tsp honey

50ml your favourite bourbon

2 slices orange

4 springs of mint

Method

Make your tea well in advance so it has a chance to cool right down, and brew it fairly strong so the tea flavours really have a chance to come through. Make a pot with a few teabags to easily make this into a punch for the rest of your party. Place the orange slices, the mint and the honey in an old-fashioned glass, and muddle together to release the orange juice and the mint oils. Fill your glass with ice cubes, and pour over the bourbon (slightly chilled if possible). Top up the glass with your tea and garnish with a twist of orange peel. Mix together and taste – if it’s a bit stronger than you expected, add some more honey to soothe out the alcohol, or leave it out entirely. Enjoy! 

Proper Tea with BourbonIf you like these recipes make sure to follow us on Twitter @ringtons and you can also keep up to date with Jeff at @newcastle_eats. Read his blog at www.newcastleeats.co.uk

 

Summer Cocktails with a Tea Twist

Guest post by Edward Mason Iced TeasSummer has arrived, and in traditional British fashion the sunshine is nowhere to be seen! But don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits. These cocktails are so easy to make, and will hopefully brighten up your weekends! The first, “Milk & Two Sugars” is a playful, British take on Piña Colada using fruity and tangy ‘Signature Strawberries & Cream’ infusion tea. The other is a floral and refreshing Chamomile & Lemon Cooler using ‘Signature Chamomile’ buds. We’ll hope you love them as much as we do! 

 “Milk & Two Sugars”Milk and Two Sugars

 Serves 2 

  • Coconut milk. 200ml
  • Ringtons Singature Strawberries & Cream. 2 tbs
  • White rum. 50ml
  • Agave nectar. 2 tbs
  • Strawberries. 5
  • Ice cubes

 

Add the coconut milk and Strawberries & Cream Infusion to a small saucepan. Place on a medium heat, and when the milk starts to simmer, turn the heat off and leave to cool and infuse. When cooled, sieve the milk into a measuring jug.

 In a highball glass, add the rum and agave nectar. Slice 4 strawberries and throw them in too. Muddle and mash the contents with a spoon, and divide the liquid between 2 glasses. Add some ice cubes and top up with the coconut milk. Stir well and garnish with a strawberry.

 

Chamomile & Lemon CoolerCamomile and Lemon Cooler

 Serves 2 

  • Water. 100ml
  • Sugar. 50g
  • Ringtons Signature Pure Camomile. 1 tbs
  • Lemon. ¼
  • Ice cubes
  • Sparkling water

 

Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil on a medium heat. When it’s boiling, add the chamomile buds and take the pan off the heat, and leave to cool and infuse. When cooled, sieve the syrup into a measuring jug and chill in the fridge.

 Add some ice cubes to a highball glass. Cut the lemon into 2 wedges and squeeze one half into the glass. Add 25ml (1 shot) of the camomile syrup and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with the other lemon wedge.

To find out more about our guest blogger Edward (Ted) Mason, follow him on Twitter @tedwardooo or check out his site at www.somethinggreensomethingclean.com

Blogger Edward Mason

TOP 5 TIPS FOR A FUSS-FREE STRAWBERRY TEA PARTY

We’ve teamed up with Breast Cancer Care in support of their fantastic Strawberry Tea fundraising campaign to share some top tips from dedicated supporter Doris Scott, who, having thrown more than ten events, knows a thing or two about how to host a lovely Strawberry Tea Party!strawberries

Prompted to host her own Strawberry Tea Party to raise money for Breast Cancer Care following the diagnosis of three women in the village she lives in, Doris said: “I know it can be easy for life to get in the way, but it can be done so simply and you can really enjoy being with your friends to raise money for this great cause.” 

So here are Doris’s top 5 tips for having a fuss-free and simple Strawberry Tea Party.

Doris (second from left) and friends

 

1. There’s a lot to be said for spontaneity

I organise a big Strawberry Tea myself but I only tell people 10 days in advance. I’ve learned that if you tell people too far ahead they forget! So short notice is fine. There’s still plenty of time before the August Bank Holiday to throw your own Strawberry Tea and it’s the perfect time to get your friends and family together.

2.  Simple is lovely

You really don’t have to put any pressure on yourself.  There are things you can do to keep it really easy but fun. A glass of wine, strawberry infusion or a strawberry cordial is a simple way to keep your guests hydrated!  Paper plates are a must, and you don’t have to make a big fancy gateau – just give people simple treats such as a meringue with cream and a strawberry, or a classic Victoria sponge with strawberry jam.

3.  Your fundraising makes a difference

Just £50 means that a lady with breast cancer will be able to talk to someone on the dedicated Breast Cancer Care Helpline, which she may not have been able to without your support. Don’t worry about how much you raise on the day, however much it is it will help someone through a tough time.

4.  Don’t take on too much!

I tried to run a stall once, but it meant having to get lots of thing donated to put on it which was very time consuming. So now we choose one thing (besides the food and drink) and people love it. Our local florist – who is amazing – comes and does a demonstration. She creates six gorgeous bouquets, and people then bid forthem to take them home which really adds to the day.1

5. The important thing is – just try it!

You can’t really go wrong with friends and food in the same place, so even if all doesn’t go according to plan, you know you can count on having a good time regardless. 

If you’re keen to host your own Strawberry Tea in support of Breast Cancer Care go to www.breastcancercare.org.uk/strawberry to request a lovely (free) Strawberry Tea Starter Kit to get you started.

For an extra strawberry hit at your Strawberry Tea get-together why not serve Ringtons Strawberries and Cream Infusion Pyramids, Ringtons Signature Strawberries and Cream Loose Infusion or Ringtons award-winning Scottish Strawberry Preserve?