To celebrate our wonderful parks the top people at Keep Britain Tidy (the bods behind Love Parks Week) are encouraging us all to enjoy our favourite parks during Love Parks Week (12 -21 July). We can’t think of anything better than a gathering of friends or family to enjoy a delicious picnic in pleasant surroundings… but you do need something to wash all of that scrummy food down with so the tea blenders at Farrer’s got their heads together to come up with some tip top summer tea cooler recipes. Ideas made with Farrer’s fruit and herbal teas… just the thing to cool you down on balmy summer’s day…
Which is no hardship as we all love being outside, but that’s not so easy in our towns and cities, however, thankfully some 179 years ago an enterprising Victorian addressed the problem in a very practical way…
In 1840 Joseph Strutt, whose family had made a fortune from textiles, donated an 11-acre plot of land and commissioned a leading horticulturalist, John Loudon, to design a haven amid the smog of the industrial town of Derby – Derby Arboretum, which quickly became the template for parks up and down the UK.
That’s not to say there weren’t plenty of green spaces and pleasure gardens dotted about the country but invariably many of them charged – Strutt’s park was free two days a week, Wednesday and Sunday and was brim full of over 1000 different species of trees and shrubs – the perfect thing for amateur botanists to educate themselves… unsurprisingly It was an immediate hit… but then who doesn’t like a freebie?
There are now 27,000 free public parks up and down the country hosting open-air theatre, outdoor fitness sessions; children’s activities, garden parties and even a humble picnic or two…
So, with that in mind why not check out a couple of our favourite summer cooler ideas made using Farrer’s fruit and herbal tea…
Just the thing to help quench your thirst while you tuck into a scrumptious picnic, take in your surroundings and make the most of our amazing parks…
Tea Cooler Recipes
Farrer’s Blood Orange Cooler
How to make a Blood Orange Cooler
This blood orange iced tea recipe is a refreshing, tea infusion that combines fresh ginger, oranges, rosemary with ice mixed with Farrer’s Blood Orange Infusion. This blood orange cooler recipe makes a perfect thirst quenching Summer drink to savour with a naturally sweet and tangy flavour.
- 3 tbsp Farrer’s Blood Orange Infusion
- 15g fresh ginger
- 1 orange
- 3 rosemary stalks
- 1 tbsp ginger flavoured honey
- 500 ml hot water
- 500 ml cold water
- 1 tray ice cubes
Blood Orange Cooler recipe:
- Add 3 tbsp of Farrer’s Blood Orange infusion to a cup, pour hot water over and allow to infuse for 10-12 minutes
- Add honey to taste and put the cup into the fridge for approx. 1 hour (this is your infusion concentrate)
- Slice the fresh orange and ginger then add to a jug with 500 ml of cold water
- Add the ice cubes to the jug and pour your concentrate over the ice and decorate with rosemary
Farrer’s Mint & Ginger Green Sencha Tea Cooler
How to make a mint and ginger green tea cooler
Our Japanese Sencha Green Tea pairs exquisitely with mint and ginger. Learn how to make your own Mint & Ginger Green tea cooler with this delicious and flavourful recipe.
- 3 tbsp of Farrer’s Sencha Green Tea
- 15g thinly sliced fresh ginger
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 2 cups crushed ice
Green Sencha Tea Cooler Recipe:
- Add 3 tbsp of Farrer’s Sencha Green Tea infusion to a cup, add the ginger and mint leaves and pour hot water over and allow to infuse for 3-5 minutes.
- Then cool in the fridge for approx. 1 hour.
- Pour 1 cup of crushed ice into each of two tall glasses then add the Sencha Green Tea infusion.
- Add a squeeze of lime and serve.