The other day I was passing an overpriced yuppie tea store where they serve samples outside, and one of the samples was something the saleswoman said they called “tea pop.” Just like the name suggests, they took tea and steeped it in seltzer, then served it up for consumption. They had used some super-fancy, flowery fruit infusion: hibiscus, rose petals, guava, etc. – you know the type – but when I got home, I thought…I should try this with green tea.
Several months ago my dad bought me a huge box of green tea (still not sure why, but it’s been in my cupboard and I hate to let things go to waste), and I also have the remnants of blueberry-acai flavored green tea from a discount store up there. Here’s what I did:
1. Grabbed a bottle of seltzer.
2. Took the cap off.
3. Jammed 3 tea bags – 2 regular green tea, one blueberry-acai green tea – down the neck of the bottle.
4. Dumped some honey into the bottle and turned it over a few times (didn’t shake it, because, well, seltzer).
5. Stuck it in the fridge.
The tea actually steeped pretty quickly in the cold seltzer, which surprised me a little, but maybe it’s something to do with the bubbles. All I know is that within an hour or so I had a really lovely refreshing drink that carried all the benefits of green tea, and for some reason having it as a fizzy drink totally made the difference!
The cost was less than the cost of a bottle of diet coke, too – $.79 for the seltzer and the cost of three cut-rate teabags. The only problem I’ve discovered is that now I have to buy three times as much seltzer as usual; a small price to pay, in my opinion.
So if you’re not a fan, but looking for a way to make green tea palatable, try this out and let me know what you think!