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July 19, 2019
Set the most delicious, summery…tea bar!

Cocktails are great, mocktails are great, infused water is perfect – but what about iced tea? I will answer you right away: It’s epic! For thousands of years, tea has become part of many cultures and it has managed to become an indispensable part of people’s everyday life (e.g. Great Britain). But I will not tire you with the countless tea history facts, as you can easily find them online. Instead of that, I will show you how to organize the most delicious tea bar of the summer and enjoy its every second along with your family and friends.

So? Why is it worth adding…the tea bar to your life?  Because, as we have already talked about, most types of tea are rich in antioxidants and catechins, and they can become a healthy, refreshing beverage, mainly during these hot summer days. Main requirement? To not overdo it with the...sweeteners and the extras. Next reason? There are so many tea varieties and so many ways for you to enjoy them that you can definitely find your own favorite tea among them. In fact, if you experiment a little, you can discover dozens of delightful combinations at any time of the day.

Now, for those of you who are wondering where tea comes from and which are some of its main types, I will answer you the following: Tea comes from the Chinese tea tree (also known as Camellia sinensis). From that point on, depending on the processing that its leaves undergo, several varieties arise. The four main ones are the following:

  1. White tea. It is a relatively weak tea, which comes from the young leaves and buds of the plant, and which is minimally processed.
  2. Green tea follows, whose leaves have been on the plant for longer, while after being harvested, they undergo light processing.
  3. Next in line is the oolong tea, which regarding its level of processing and intensity of flavor, we could say that it is somewhere between green and black tea – and as you can see through this list, this is something valid.
  4. Lastly, there is black tea which has undergone full processing and has a strong, intense, and rich taste.

And now, after going through some basic info, we can get to my favorite part! Which is that? The part of the recipes, of course! In the following lines, you will find unique recipes for tea, but also a few recipes for tasty, homemade side dishes; in that way, you will have a unique, delightful experience – a special tea party which will become your new favorite habit!

So, let’s start with some wonderful tea recipes…

Homemade iced tea

Homemade iced tea by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Flavored ice tea

Flavored ice tea by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Hibiscus iced tea cocktail

Hibiscus iced tea cocktail by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Strawberry iced tea cocktail

Strawberry iced tea cocktail by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Orange iced tea cocktail

Orange iced tea cocktail by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Let’s get to the -sweet- side dishes (yes, you got that right…there will be some savory ones too!)

Vanilla pound cake

Vanilla pound cake by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Macarons

Macarons by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Lemon pie

Lemon pie by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Lemon coconut cupcakes

Lemon coconut cupcakes by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Fruit tarts

Fruit tarts by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

As for cookies? You have to prepare so much…Just get the store-bought ones! Believe me, they will be like homemade :-) I refer to my cookies, of course, that you can find here in five delicious flavors!

 

Lastly, I have some recipes for savory side dishes that will complete your tea bar

Savory shrimp cupcakes

Savory shrimp cupcakes by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Savory cake

Savory cake by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Salmon and cream cheese tortilla rolls

Salmon and cream cheese tortilla rolls by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Salmon avocado whole wheat quesadillas

Salmon avocado whole wheat quesadillas by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Coronation sandwich

Coronation sandwich by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Extra Tip: You should make the sandwiches with soft bread (after removing the crust) and be careful of how much filling you add inside since you don’t want them to be overstuffed and fall apart.

Now, you know everything you need in order to organize your own summer tea bar which could be evolved to a wonderful tea party! I can’t wait to see your photos and comments!

Akis

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