What makes the ordinary, extra-ordinary? What makes you remember some experiences and forget others? It’s those extra little touches, the details that elevate a moment into a memory.
Don’t get left out in the cold. Instead make cool memories with your iced teas and alcoholic tea creations. Let us help you add that little touch of glamour or show you how to impress your foodie friends. Learn how to have great presentation skills with some simple, easy-to-use suggestions below and discover how to personalize and customize your tasty libations.
· A RIM TO BRIM ABOUT ·
WHAT: Rim the glass with different sugars: cinnamon, cocoa, sugar, or salt.
HOW: Cut a lemon or lime wedge adding a slit in its middle; moisten the rim of the glass you are using by placing the slit on the rim and dragging it all the way around the glass.
RECOMMENDED GLASS: Martini glasses, hardball glasses, or shot glasses.
TIP: For cocoa or sugar, use one of the ingredients in the drink. For example, if you are mixing a killer 007-inspired Mango Tango Martini to Never Say Never to, use tea-infused vodka to wet the rim; if using sugar, use coarse vs. fine sugar; if using salt, use Kosher and do not use iodized salt.
· LIVING LIFE ON THE WEDGE ·
WHAT: Wedges of pineapple, lemon, or lime. Consider using a whole strawberry, as well.
HOW: Cut pineapple into thick circular slices then cut slices into triangular wedges; for lemons and limes, cut into half then cut into quarters or eights depending on their size; for strawberries simply make an upwards slit from bottom middle, stopping a half centimeter before the leaves.
RECOMMENDED GLASS: Long, tall, clear glasses; hardball glasses.
TIP: Ensure that the wedge is proportional to the glass.
· THYME TO PARTY ·
WHAT: Ginger stick, sugar cane stick, cinnamon stick, berries, olives, twig of lavender, rosemary or thyme.
HOW: Skewer washed berries down their center. See our Four Seasons Hotel Cherry Blossom Cocktail recipe for a great example.
RECOMMENDED GLASS: Tall long clear glasses or martini glasses.
TIP: For berries and olives, use bamboo or natural wood toothpicks for the environmental twist or plastic ones for extra colour; if using berries, alternating two different coloured ones gives the best affect; if using a twig of lavender, rosemary or thyme, ensure that the twig is long enough to rest on bottom of the glass or stretch across the mouth of the martini glass.
· ICE TO MEET YOU ·
WHAT: Different types of ice cubes: iced tea, berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry), mint leaves, mango pieces.
HOW: Fill ice cube trays half way with iced tea or water; place desired ‘wow’ ingredient into center of each ice cube unit; top off with more iced tea or water.
RECOMMENDED GLASS: Tall long clear glasses or in a glass pitcher to really show off the effort and to have full affect of those gorgeous cubes.
GENERAL TIP: Ensure that the flavours you choose compliment the flavour of the drink. The easiest way to do this is to use one of the ingredients in the drink itself. Example: for Lavender Earl Grey Iced Tea (learn how to ice your tea here), use a twig of lavender as the finishing touch.
Have fun and enjoy the ease of ‘Dressing to Impress’.
For more suggestions, read our previous article, “Iced Tea With a Twist – A Great Summer ‘Crush’”.