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We know, mumsh. Tea and walwal (A.K.A. relaxing and letting loose) is a weird combo, but that’s exactly the point. Why not try something different for you and your beshies, ’di ba?

We had the chance to meet Renee Sebastian, the country’s first Certified Tea Master, at the recent launch of home, design, and lifestyle concept store called Xception. Here are her tea drink recos.

Fresh Lemon Balm and Mint Tea

If the tita in you is on and your squad is up for a chill afternoon at home, this cup of refreshing and soothing tea is the perfect drink. You can even have them try this at pajama parties with chocolate biscuits. Sebastian says it’s healthier than your cup of caffeine-filled coffee. Pwede rin ‘to kung mas malamig pa sa puso mo ang panahon.

What you need: springs of lemon balm herb, springs of fresh mint herb, honey or sugar to taste, lemon slice

What to do: Combine equal parts of the herb and gently bruise the leaves to release the aroma. Put it in a teapot and pour boiling water. Leave to infuse for five to seven minutes and serve with your choice of sweetener and/or lemon slice.

Plantation Iced Tea

Inspired by the pineapple plantations in Hawaii that Sebastian visited, this iced tea is slightly different from your usual glass at get-togethers. This one is more fruity. Sebastian says this drink is fit for lunch with the fam or friends. Feel like a respected hacienda owner once they say, “May pa-iced tea si Mayora,” kahit na wala kang lupain.

What you need: eight to ten tea bags or 25 grams of loose leaves of Ceylon Tea, fresh or canned pineapple juice, a liter of boiled water, honey, springs of fresh mint, pineapple wedges, ice cubes

What to do: Boil the tea bags or leaves for five to seven minutes. Set aside and leave to infuse for another three to five minutes. On a separate saucepan, heat equal parts of honey and water. Once the tea is strained, add the sweetener and mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Add pineapple chunks and mint leaves in a glass filled with ice. Build the drink by pouring half a cup of pineapple juice into the glass and top up with Ceylon tea infusion. This makes about five servings.

Earl Gray Martini

Hardcore walwalan means Earl Grey martini. This tea-infused gin is an attempt (at least for us) to conceal Bombay Sapphire’s shookening alcohol content of 47%. For sure, mas malakas tama nito sa’yo kaysa sa crush mo. Just make sure to drink responsibly. 

What you need: a bottle of Bombay Sapphire, eight to ten tea bags or 25 grams of loose leaves of Earl Grey, 15 mL lemon juice, springs of herb like rosemary or thyme, 30mL of honey

What to do: Transfer the gin into a larger pitcher, mix the tea in, and allow to infuse for 24 hours. For a glass of martini, add 1.5 ounce of Earl Grey gin, 15 mL of lemon juice, and 30 mL of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until the cocktail shaker is too cold to touch. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Top off with an herb.

Featured Image by Madel Crudo

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