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Denver mixologists turn tea into trendy cocktails

Linger's white tea punch made with Teatulia tea
Linger's white tea punch made with Teatulia teaPhoto from Teatulia

According to Boulder, Colo. based communications firm Sterling-Rice Group, tea is one of the top food trends in 2014. So you’ll be seeing tea outside the teacup on restaurant menus this year, in everything from appetizers to entrees to cocktails.

Denver, Colo. based Teatulia Organic Teas is ahead of the trend. The company has been supplying organic teas from its own tea garden in Bangladesh to local restaurants for several years. They have even partnered with local mixologists to create tea-infused cocktail recipes.

“It’s exciting that top mixologists across the country have come to us to create such original drinks,” says CEO and Co-founder, Linda Appel Lipsius.

Kevin Burke, a mixologist working at Colt & Gray in Denver, created the Swedish Toddy featuring Teatulia’s Tulsi Infusion Tea and aquavit. Tulsi Infusion is a full-bodied, rich, and spicy black tea, and aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit known for its distinct spice and herb flavor. Served hot and sweetened with a little honey, the combo makes a great cold-weather cocktail.

“I have seen a renewed interest in using tea in cocktails that coincides with the resurgence of serving old school punches,” says Burke. “I enjoy putting tea into cocktails because it is a chance to layer in new flavors and textures.”

Burke’s recipe for the Swedish Toddy, along with other cocktail recipes created by local mixologists, can be found on the Tea Recipes page of Teatulia’s website. A few of the Teatulia tea-inspired local cocktails include:

About Teatulia: Teatulia Organic Teas are sourced directly from their own garden in Northern Bangladesh and other like-minded gardens. Started in 2000 to give back to the local community, the Teatulia Gardens were established as an enterprise that would give the most people a living wage while protecting and strengthening the environment. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of men, women and children in the local community while rebuilding the local ecosystem.

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