Iced Tea With An Adult Twist
Ready for an adult twist on one of America's most popular drinks? To toast June as National Iced Tea Month, premiere tea sommelier James Labe shares his signature iced tea cocktails, featuring the sophisticated and unique ZEN Green Tea Liqueur. Next time you're poolside, sip one of these refreshing iced tea cocktail recipes.
Blending tea and spirit
Tea, particularly green tea, is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after water. Green tea's antioxidant-rich health benefits as well as the growing cultural influence of Asia have inspired tea drinkers to experiment with new ways to sip (and cook with) their favorite steeped drink.
James Labe is the nation's first tea sommelier whose signature tea cocktails have been featured at W Hotels and India's Taj Hotels. He says the combination of tea and spirits offers a refreshing beverage experience. "Tea and spirits have traveled along parallel roads toward our enjoyment of leisure and life's luxuries," says Labe. "Spirits have long been at home in fine dining, but only recently has that cocktail moment included tea."
ZEN Green Tea Liqueur, a unique blend of the finest Japanese green tea leaves, premium herbs and natural flavors is the first green tea liqueur to debut in America. Well-suited for today's sophisticated cocktail culture, the light, aromatic spirit is featured on the cocktail menus of the most prominent establishments in the country. ZEN is delicious chilled, on the rocks, stirred into unsweetened iced tea or mixed into a wide variety of impressive cocktails.
Iced tea cocktail recipes
Ready to enhance your iced tea drinking experience? Try one of Labe's signature iced tea cocktails featuring ZEN Green Tea Liqueur. These refreshing drinks are ideal for balmy afternoons, summer cocktail parties and poolside sipping. For more information on ZEN Green Tea Liqueur and to find a retail location near you, visit ZenLiqueur.com.
ZEN, White & Blue Iced Tea Cocktail
2. Combine with remaining ingredients and stir. Serve on the rocks, garnished with fresh mint.
ZEN Goddess Iced Tea Cocktail
2. Pour tea and remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a large, thin grapefruit slice.
ZEN Blossom Iced Tea Cocktail
4 parts prepared Jasmine Pearl Green Tea 1-1/2 parts ZEN Green Tea Liqueur
ZEN Dew Iced Tea Cocktail
1-1/2 parts Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
2. Combine and stir ingredients. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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