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When the sun is burning down and you need a cooling pick-me-up nothing quite hits the spot like this delicious Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer.  It’s a proper grown-up drink but free from alcohol and SO refreshing and tasty. It’s our go-to summer drink. We’re pretty sure you’re going to totally love it too!

A Perfect Blend of Flavors

Earl Grey is surprisingly mild and light for a black tea.  What makes it stand out from other black teas is the uplifting, citrusy oil of bergamot from which the tea leaves get their unique flavor.  Bergamot is a hybrid of the lemon and bitter orange. Grown in the lush Mediterranean climate, this citrus has a yellow/green color similar to lime.

The bergamot oil used in Earl Grey comes from the zest of this scented fruit.  Although bitter, it is not as sour as lemon zest. In aromatherapy bergamot is seen as an uplifting scent and is used against stress-related digestive problems.

The aromatic notes of delicate Earl Grey blend deliciously in this drink with the spicy punch of the ginger beer.  Topped with a sprig of fresh mint to give the whole thing an extra lift, this spritzer smells sweet and spicy at the same time.

Don’t forget to stop and breathe in the awesome aroma before tasting.  Then enjoy your first sip and experience the burst of perfectly matching flavors on your tongue.  This refreshing drink packs a real punch and the tea will revive and refresh parts of you which nothing else quite can.

So Just who was Earl Grey?

We were curious to find out who exactly Early Grey was.  It turns out he was an English aristocrat who became British Prime Minister way back in 1830.  Nobody quite knows for sure how black tea blended with bergamot oil got to be named after him but our favorite theory is that a gift of tea and oranges shipped over from China for him were accidentally mixed up together on the voyage.  When tasted the tea leaves were found to have taken on the delightful flavors of citrus zest. Earl Grey tea went on to become the quintessential afternoon tea blend; a go-to summertime reviver.

Health Benefits of our Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer

On top of the great taste of this delicious cooler, don’t forget that it’s packed full of the awesome health benefits of black tea, bergamot, ginger and mint.  Let’s take a look.

Black Tea to Boost Metabolism

The many health benefits of black teas often get ignored behind the (well-deserved) hype over green tea. Of course, they both actually come from the same plant-the difference is that black teas are fermented, whilst green teas are not. And this fermentation is what makes black tea so special. Anything that has been fermented is especially good for your gut bacteria. The digestive systems of black tea drinkers have been found to contain higher levels of the Pseudobutrivibrio bacteria which help to boost the metabolism. This just might explain why in some studies black tea has been found to be as effective as green tea in helping with weight loss [1].

Earl Grey for Healthy Mind

Researchers are starting to discover that there’s a link between healthy gut bacteria and a healthy mind. In particular, there is a growing belief that the consumption of any foods or beverages which have been fermented as part of their preparation can help build resilience against depression [2]. So regular cups of black tea really might help keep those blues away. Add to that the fact that bergamot oil has been used for centuries for its calming, uplifting properties [3].

Bergamot for Antioxidants

Generally green tea is known to contain more antioxidants that back tea. That’s because during the fermentation process, some (but not all) of the antioxidants are lost. But in Earl Grey, the bergamot oil is a great source of powerful antioxidants. So with this drink you get the health benefits of fermentation and the benefits that come from all those antioxidants. That’s why we love it!

Bergamot for Weight Loss 

Worried about your apple shape or muffin top?  Maybe you need a little more citrus oil in your life.  It’s been shown that citrus extract helped overweight participants lose a lot more fat around their waist compared to those in a control group [5]. 

Black Tea Keeps Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

Catechin, an antioxidant found in abundance in Earl Grey, is especially helpful at keeping the mouth healthy by fighting plaque and bacteria. And anything that is good for your mouth is also good for your teeth. One Japanese study which included more than 25,000 participants, found that men who drank at least one cup of tea a day were far more likely to have kept their own teeth in old age [7].

Ginger

Ginger has been used in folk medicine for millennia [8]. With its rich phytochemistry it has been shown [9] to have the potential to treat digestive problems, arthritis and cardiovascular disorders.  Known to have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger rightly deserves its reputation as an awesome health bomb. And we love the exotic spicy taste of it in this Earl Grey Spritzer!

Fresh Mint – A Final Flourish

The mint sprig added to this Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer gives the drink a wonderful lift and leaves a clean, fresh taste on the palate.  Rich in flavonoids, mint is known to help improve digestive health [10].

It’s no wonder that you’ll feel better after enjoying this awesome, refreshing spritzer.  Just think about all the good it’s doing you!

 

Earl Grey Ginger Spritzer
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 sachets Pique Earl Grey Tea Crystals
  • 6 oz good quality non alcoholic ginger beer chilled
  • Fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 sachets of Earl Grey Tea Crystals into 2 cups of boiled water. Stir well.
  2. Refrigerate the tea until chilled for 2 hours.
  3. Fill a glass half full with good quality non alcoholic ginger beer.
  4. Tilt the glass and slowly pour the tea down the inside until full.
  5. Garnish with mint leaves.

 

 

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