Tea lovers who are looking for an exciting new experience need to look no further than the exotic tea drinks from around the world. In this lesson, we will explore some of the more unique and interesting variations on tea that are quickly gaining popularity in a market that was once dominated by English tea.
Thai Iced Tea: A Refreshing Antidote to Spicy Foods
For many years, Thai iced tea has been a popular choice for those who want to cool down after enjoying a spicy Thai meal. Also known as Cha Yen, this delightful beverage blends coconut milk and star anise with black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, orange, and sugar. Served over ice, Thai iced tea is the perfect complement to a hot summer day.
Masala Chai: A Blend of Spices and Tea from India
Masala Chai, or simply “Chai,” is a popular Indian tea that is usually served with milk and sugar. The word “masala” means “a blend of spices,” and “chai” means “tea.” Traditional Masala Chai is made with cardamom, cinnamon, black peppercorns, clove, milk, sugar, and tea, but there are many regional variations of this delicious beverage.
Bubble Tea: A Taiwanese Favorite with a Twist
Bubble Tea, also known as Boba Tea, is a Taiwanese favorite that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. This unique beverage is made with juice, milk, tea or herb tea, and sugar. The most distinctive feature of Bubble Tea is the addition of large, chewy, black tapioca pearls (or “boba”) that are enjoyed through a large straw.
Creative Tea Recipes: The Possibilities are Endless
Many creative connoisseurs have developed original drink recipes that incorporate tea. For example, a delicious drink can be made by combining Spanish Sangria with Chinese green tea. Dilute the iced tea with your favorite fruit juices instead of water, add fresh fruit and seltzer, and enjoy a sweet, scrumptious Iced Tea Sangria.
The world of tea provides endless possibilities for creating unique and delicious beverages. The next time you are looking for a refreshing drink, be brave and try an exotic tea drink. You will be pleasantly surprised by the diverse and delightful flavors that tea can provide.