On a lazy summer afternoon, you might want to try something other than water to stay hydrated. Coffee and tea provide many health benefits. If you follow a vegan lifestyle, each of these four ideas will allow you to enjoy a great-tasting drink while avoiding any dairy-based products.
Add Frozen Pieces of Fruit
When it is hot outside, try adding some pieces of frozen fruit to your tea. Frozen pieces of watermelon, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries are a great addition to a tall glass of iced tea. A few pieces of frozen fruit could be put into a single glass, or you could prepare a jug of sun tea and then add the frozen fruit to the container while it steeps in the sunshine.
Use Flavored Syrups for Coffee and Tea
Flavored syrups for coffee and tea are a fun and affordable way to change up the flavor of your drink. Some companies, such as Monin, know that you can choose a fruity syrup to pair with coffee or tea, then add the creamer of your choice. Chocolate flavored syrup turns your coffee or chai tea into a rich-tasting, dessert-like beverage. For a classic take on coffee or tea, add vanilla, hazelnut or almond syrup.
Prepare a Fresh Fruit Juice
If you like the flavor of fruit but not the texture of pieces of fruit in a drink, prepare some freshly made fruit juice. Add pieces of watermelon, raspberries or another fruit to your blender. Use a sieve to filter out the solid parts from the liquid. If you prefer citrus, just use a manual press or juicer to extract the juice. Add the liquid to your coffee or tea. Freeze the extra liquid in an ice cube tray to use later.
Blend in Some Crushed Ice
On a hot summer day, blend in some crushed ice to your coffee or tea. Use one cup of crushed ice to one cup of liquid. If you are adding any creamer or syrup to your drink, these ingredients will count in your cup of liquid. This type of a fancy coffee or tea drink could be garnished with some chocolate shavings, cinnamon or cocoa powder sprinkled on top.
Preparing these coffee and tea drinks at home will save you a lot of money over the cost of going to a coffee, or tea shop. Investing in a few syrups will allow you to make dozens of coffee or tea drinks at a low price. Serve the drinks to your guests, too.