Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

We’ve discussed homemade soda here before, but not with tea in it! Okay, sure, you could buy tea soda at the store. But why do that when you can whip up something yummy and custom at home with just a tiny bit of work? Plus, your drink will have far less sugar than a store-bought bubbly beverage.

Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

Brews and Bubbles

The method is simple: strongly brewed tea + fizz.

Seriously, that’s all you need to do. Brew your tea strong (by adding more tea, not more time), chill it, and add something fizzy (or use your Sodastream).

Of course, we expect you’ll want to get fancier than that! Try pureeing your tea with fruit before adding the fizz, bellini style. Or whip up an herb- or fruit-infused simple syrup for flavor and sweetening. And don’t forget that your favorite liquor libation can make a terrific addition for a 21-and-up twist.

To get you going, here are two refreshing recipes that we’ve been enjoying lately. Feel free to create your own fizzy drinks!

Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

Afternoon Peach Fizz

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Add ice to large iced tea glass.

In a blender, puree tea, simple syrup (if using), and peaches. Pour over ice in glass.

Fill rest of glass with San Pellegrino or sparkling wine.

Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

Italian Orange Cream Soda

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange tea, brewed and cold
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange simple syrup (optional)
  • San Pellegrino
  • cream or half-and-half
  • ice

Preparation:

Add ice to large iced tea glass. Pour in tea and simple syrup, if using. Stir.

Fill rest of glass with San Pellegrino and top off with a dash of cream.

Garnish with an orange slice and a snazzy straw.

To make orange simple syrup: Bring half a cup water to a boil. Whisk in half a cup of sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon orange zest and cover. Allow to steep for 20 minutes before straining.

Photo Credits: frolicsomepl, author, and author.

Feel the Fizz: Sparkling Tea Spritzers for Back Porch Sipping

Ciaran Keast

Ciaran Keast loves art, semicolons, books, cats -- and all the tea, ever. When they're not posting tea photos on social media, you'll catch them at almost every Plum Deluxe event.

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