Mumbai Food: Give a twist to the tea you drink this Christmas
Add them to your toddy, spike them with rum or brew them as they are. A round-up of artisanal tea blends that are perfect to snuggle up with this Christmas
Apple Spice Black Tea
If you're craving a plum cake but counting calories too, indulge in a spice-rich black tea infusion comprising apple, cherry, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. You can either brew it as is or spike it with a dash of rum. "It can also be used as an iced tea or a base for cocktails. It goes well with cheese toast, carrot cake and dark chocolate desserts," shares Snigdha Manchanda, tea sommelier at Tea Trunk. It is also offering a 12-day Christmas countdown where one of their signature artisanal blends will be up for sale every day till December 25.
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COST: Rs 400 for 100 gms (sale: Rs 250 onwards)
The White Christmas
If Mumbai's frugal winter is making you miss the chilly holidays spent in Himachal, cherish those memories with the antioxidant-rich white tea flown in from The Dharmsala Tea Co's estates nestled in Kangra in the scenic state. For Christmas, its sixth generation tea planter, Anirudh Suri, has infused the blend with almonds, cardamom and vanilla. "We've curated blends infused with star anise, rose petals, orange peels and cinnamon sticks as they have an aroma associated with Christmas," he shares. Also try The Starry Night Blend with hand-rolled oolong tea with fennel.
LOG ON TO: www.dharmsala.com
Cost: Rs 625 onwards for 100 gms
Chocolate Marmalade Black Tea
Enjoy the nip in the air with Teabox's Chocolate Marmalade, which offers sweet and woody flavours in black tea with infusions of pineapple, chocolate and orange peel. Their festive range also includes White Holly, which evokes nostalgia with candied fruit and stewed berries, Nutty Pumpkin, Orange Spice and pepper-based tisane, Red Jamaican. "They're perfect to serve at holiday gatherings," says CEO and founder, Kaushal Dugar.
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COST: Rs 750 onwards
Turkish Fruity Lovers' Tisane
Curated by tea sommelier Radhika Batra Shah, the tisane is sourced from Turkey and derives its citrus-ey flavours from the berries it infuses. "You can mull it into a toddy with whole spices from your kitchen," says Shah. Some other Christmas blends offered by Radhika's Fine Teas include Shanghai-style oolong, with tea leaves sourced from China, and Lanka Black Raspberry brought in from Sri Lanka's Nuwara Eliya Gardens.
LOG ON TO www.radhikasfineteas.com
COST Rs 800 for 100 gms
If you're a teetotaller, comfort yourself with a hot cup of Mulled Tea while your friends sip on the its alcoholic counterpart. Offered by Tea Of Life, the blend imparts flavours of cinnamon, cloves, zesty orange, red pepper berries and spices in the smoky Darjeeling tea. "The best way to enjoy it is with a cookie," shares founder Neetu Sarin. Another option is Angel Tea featuring strawberry pieces, wild mint and rose petals mixed with green tea.
Cost: Rs 400 for 50 gms
X'mas tree in my tea
The online organic food store, Gourmet Delight, stocks Chado Teas' ornamental green tea with amaranth and chrysanthemum flowers. As soon as you steep it, the buds unfurl into the shape of a Christmas tree.
Log on to: gourmetdelight.in
COST: Rs 600 for 50 gms
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