Tea Street is brewing the hottest new drink this summer: a mojito-inspired iced tea that packs a wellness punch.
“This lightly sweet and minty delight is pure summer bliss, with fresh lychee, lime, notes of jasmine flavors, and a crisp green tea.”—Victoria Lam, co-owner and master bobarista, Tea Street
- 2 tsp. loose leaf jasmine green tea
- 1 lime
- 4 sprigs of mint
- 4 fresh lychees (Find lychees at Asian markets around Denver)
- ¼ cup lychee juice
- sugar (to taste)Print Recipe
- Using 16 oz. of filtered water, brew the tea between 170 and 180 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.
- In a shaker, muddle the mint, squeeze half a lime, add the lychee juice and sugar to taste. Add ice and pour the cooled tea into the shaker. Mix it all together.
- Peel and dice the lychees and place into a glass. Pour the tea mixture over the lychee to fill glass. Garnish with a slice of lime. For extra tang, zest the lime before slicing it. Enjoy!
Ask the Master Bobarista: Victoria Lam
What are three words you would use to describe this drink? “Refreshing. Fun. Summer.”
What makes this tea special? “When Patrick, my brother and co-owner of Tea Street, and I were younger, we excitedly anticipated the arrival of lychee season, which usually coincided with summer break. This drink is pure bliss—it blends the nostalgia of childhood memories with carefree summers.”
Any tips for someone trying to make the drink at home? “Go easy on the sugar. Lychee is a naturally sweet fruit, so a little sugar goes a long way. Pro tip: melt the sugar or use a simple syrup to prevent crystallization.”
Why is tea good for health? “Tea is full of antioxidants and great for digestion. Lychee is considered a ‘warm’ in Chinese medicine, which helps circulate the blood and qi. Green tea is considered ‘cool’ and helps treat headaches and aids the digestive system. This drink is the perfect balance between warm and cold.”
What do you think is the most important aspect of brewing tea? “Quality tea leaves. With good execution, you can make a good drink with decent tea. However, to make a great drink, you need great tea. No amount of heat, steeping, or flavoring can make up for the aroma and mouthfeel that quality tea provides.”