A lot of people I know have a sweet tooth but don’t want to add sugar or sweeteners to their drinks. Adding freeze-dried fruits to mixed tea is an easy way to sweeten hot drinks that is a little healthier. Fruit is contains sugar of course, but it’s certainly healthier than the processed, refined or artificial varieties. This is one example, green tea or white with raspberries, but there is no limit to how much you can experiment with fruit and tea. A few of my favourite combinations are:
- Green tea with freeze-dried raspberries
- Black tea with dried or freeze-dried blueberries
- Pu-erh tea with Chinese red dates and goji berries
- White tea with vanilla pods (scored and deseeded, adding the pod to the mix too for better flavour absorption) and mulberries (fresh ones when in season you live in China)
Ensure that your freeze-dried fruits do not contain added sugar otherwise it defeats the point. If you can’t get hold of freeze-dried fruits it is not a problem. You could you dried or fresh, but the intensity of flavour is usually weaker if you use dried or fresh fruits.
Freeze-dried raspberries, 3 tbsp
Green tea loose leaves, 9 tbsp
*Use whatever you have or wish to store ready-made, but keep the ratio at approximately 1:3
1. Mix the ingredients together very well and store in a small tightly-sealed container or tin.
2. Use as you would normal loose green tea as and when you wish.
Add dried orange peel (chénpí, 陈皮) to the mix, you can find them in Chinese tea/herbology stores like Euho, I think the flavour goes well with raspberries.