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Tea Is Hot ... and Getting Hotter
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Bavarian Wild Berry Cosmopolitan
Black Pearl Hot n Spicy Chocolate Tea
Vanilla Caramel Truffle Latte

(Family Features ) - Move over coffee! Premium teas are edging out java for status in brewed beverages.

"Tea is exceedingly powerful representing authenticity, beauty and design to discriminating consumers. Today's consumer is hungry for lifestyle experiences that are premium and yet are accessible - little luxuries that can be savored every day," said Judy Ramberg, a consumer strategist focused on food and beverages for Iconoculture, a leading consumer research firm. "The elegant simplicity of tea represents a lifestyle choice."

It doesn't take reading tea leaves to reveal that tea connoisseurs are emerging everywhere. Tea's rising popularity has inspired specialty tea shops across the country and tea-making accessories have become a chic new gift category.

"Tea connoisseurs pay attention to the aroma texture and unique flavors of fine teas," said Patricia Zenobi, marketing director, Lipton. "Today, choosing and savoring tea is a personal statement."

The growing club of tea connoisseurs are eager to enjoy exotic, premium teas at home. Many specialty teas have been available only through exclusive online shopping sites at luxury prices. Lipton, the world leader in tea, is offering specialty crafted tea blends, custom-created by the tea masters at Lipton's Royal Estates.

"Each flavor of these specially blended teas starts with handpicked tea leaves from the top two leaves and a bud of the tea plant," Zenobi said. "The tea masters have blended long-leaf tea, real pieces of fruit, herbs and other flavors to create an extraordinary taste experience."

Each unique blend offers sweet aromas as the box is opened and as the tea steeps. Green Tea with Mandarin Orange, White Tea with Island Mango and Peach, Red Tea with Harvest Strawberry and Passionfruit, Bavarian Wild Berry, Vanilla Caramel Truffle and Black Pearl are the first premium, long-leaf teas in pyramid bags to be offered in retail stores nationwide.

"It's the pyramid bags that make the luxury experience complete," Ramberg said. "Serious tea drinkers are attracted to packaging and products that emphasize the inherent grace in a cup of tea."

An elegant, pyramid shaped tea bag allows the long-leaf tea and real pieces of fruit optimum room to infuse for greater aroma, color and taste. Tea enthusiasts can enjoy a refined tea drinking experience without the inconvenience of special infusers often used for steeping exclusive loose-leaf teas.

Beyond brewing a luxurious cup of hot tea, these new premium teas in elegant pyramid tea bags deliver culinary inspiration for even more creative beverages. Indulge in the pleasure of these fine teas by trying these exciting uptown recipes.

For more fresh tea recipes go to www.lipton.com.

Bavarian Wild Berry Cosmopolitan

Ingredients
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 Lipton Pyramid Bavarian Wild Berry tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur

Preparation
    1. Pour boiling water over pyramid tea bags, cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove pyramid tea bags, then stir in sugar; chill.
    2. In shaker filled with ice, combine tea with remaining ingredients. Shake well, then strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish, if desired, with a lime curl and blackberries.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Chill Time
1 hour

Serves
Serves: 2

Black Pearl Hot n Spicy Chocolate Tea

Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Lipton Pyramid Black Pearl tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

Preparation
    1. In 2-quart saucepan, bring milk and water just to a boil. Remove from heat and add pyramid tea bags.
    2. Cover and brew 1-1/2 minutes. Remove pyramid tea bags, stir in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.
    3. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Serves
Serves: 2

Vanilla Caramel Truffle Latte

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 Lipton Pyramid Vanilla Caramel Truffle tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Preparation
    1. In 1-quart saucepan, bring water, milk and cinnamon sticks just to a boil. Remove from heat and add pyramid tea bags. Brew 3 minutes; remove pyramid tea bags and cinnamon sticks. Stir in sugar and serve immediately.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Serves
Serves: 2

SOURCE: Lipton Premium Teas



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