I love the idea of a tea party! I just attended one at the cozy Paul Calvin’s Deli in the Fort last Saturday. Aside from the delicious munchies that was served, it was a great learning experience to discover the many ways by which one can serve one of the healthiest drinks around: tea.
Take a bag of Lipton and one can have a cinnamon chai latte, or a Hong Kong-style milk tea, or a hot apple tea.Easy-to-prepare recipes were shared to us by Rosebud Benitez, the pretty chef and host of Quickfire on GMA News TV. In a table neatly laid out with ingredients, she showed us to add a new dimension to an ordinary tea drink by mixing or combining with apple juice, lemon, cinnamon, honey, cloves, nutmeg, milk, and others. Like me, you will probably end up a convert and look at drinking tea in a whole new way!
Among the beverages, tea has the most potential to use all-natural ingredients. And that can only be good for our body and our health. It’s really funny because all these years, I’ve preferred coffee over tea because I thought the latter is lacking in flavor. Little did I know the countless possibiliTEAS one can have with it. This probably explains the rise in the growth of those so-called commercial tea cafes like Serenitea, Chatime, and Happy Lemon.
But wait, before you splurge your hard-earned hundred peso on a fancy cup somewhere, here’s some instant tea recipes you can do right in the comfort of your own home (courtesy of Lipton)
Cinnamon Chai Latte
Add a Lipton Yellow Label tea bag in one cup of boiled water and let it steep for at least five minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp. milk or creamer, a dash of cinnamon and sugar to taste.
Hong Kong-style milk tea
Add a Lipton Yellow Label tea bag in 1 cup of boiled water and let it steep for at least five minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp. condensed milk and sugar to taste.