A number of things come to mind when one thinks of wine: a romantic evening, a relaxing day, a great accessory for a bath and a lovely drink for a much needed light buzz after a long day at work. It is the ultimate 'adult drink', the grape-based drink that goes well with virtually anything! Personally, I enjoy a light fruity moscato over red wines because I like sweeter flavours so herbal wine is definitely on the other spectrum of my taste scale. There has to be a logical reason behind the very existence of this subset of wine. And I am nothing if not adventurous so I gave it a chance and did my research (of course), and to make it more fun, I wanted to look into DIY wines. It won't be the easiest process but it is certainly highly rewarding! It isn't everyday you get to serve DIY wine at your cocktail parties, no?
Getting the poor elephant out of that tiny room, herbal wine is definitely far less common than the traditional grape wines and they are simply herb-based wines. Herbal wines are either a dry-herb infusion or a fresh-herb infusion. The former infuses at room temperature and for a longer period of time, while the latter infuses in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
On the archaeological record, the earliest wine-making activities go back to as far back 6,000 years ago across the globe. It has been used as a populist medicine that stimulates the nervous and circulatory systems and offers a strong boost to digestion. All types of herbs are used to achieve these results, as well as offering other health benefits such as improving one's mood, promoting internal movement, cleansing the organs and supporting various bodily system functions. Apart from the numerous health benefits, did I mention it actually tastes fragrant, floral and light? Much like a spring/summer breeze on a nice sunny day by the ocean. You're welcome for that spark in your imaginary dreamscape.
Now, moving on, I will share the process of making DIY wine or home-brewed wine and a recipe for you to kickstart at home. Your resulting wine should taste like a cup of quality tea with a slight alcoholic taste; basically the wine version of herbal fruit tea.
Simply put, the fermentation equation for an aspiring winemaker is as follows:
Sugary liquid + yeast (and the occasional friendly bacteria) + time = delicious fermented beverage (Christensen, 2013)
Fermentation is what turns a regular fruit like grapes into an alcoholic beverage. Yeast is required to transform the sugars in the juice/liquid into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide (a by-product). The total duration for complete fermentation can take up to 3 weeks. Deliciousness and perfection takes time and cannot be rushed!
Note: every recipe follows this basic procedure:
Once you have your equipment and ingredients ready, the creative process is relatively fun and easy. When you become more confident in mixing fruits and herbs, you can wean off known recipes and experiment on your own to find your very own creation. Here is a recipe to get you started on your wine-making journey:
If made right, this home brewed wine should taste almost like an herbal fruit tea and you'll be the talk of the party no doubt! Watch out wine stores, DIY wine just might be the next big thing.
Sick of sipping on the same old cup of flower tea every afternoon? Spice teatime up a notch by letting it melt into happy hour - infuse your cup of quality tea with a punch of alcohol. By combining two of your favourite beverages together, you can create your own easy DIY cocktails at home for a beverage fit for a party.
The beauty of quality tea cocktails is that you can always customize cocktails according to your preference of the day, and experiment with the different flavors that flower tea, organic green tea and organic black tea can bring out. Rest assured that quality tea is the best mixer ever - its neutral taste allows it to pick up the flavor of herbs and fruits quickly, it contains no sugar, and is also heart-friendly. Here are 5 delicious, easy DIY cocktails you can make at home to give teatime a whole new meaning.
On days when your special someone is coming to visit, a glass of rose tea martini will do the trick. This cocktail is fruity and flirty with floral notes, and is the perfect addition to a romantic evening at home. Here’s how it’s done:
P.S. Feel free to replace rose tea with any other flower tea such as lavender or hibiscus tea according to your preference.
A sip of this organic green tea mint julep feels like a dive in an icy cold pool on a sweltering hot day. The slight bitter taste of organic green tea mixes well with the smoothness of bourbon and refreshing mint, making this the perfect, easy DIY cocktails for both day and night. Be sure to use quality tea to obtain the best flavor!
This organic black tea and thyme cider cocktail is yet another recipe to add to your list of easy DIY cocktails. This comforting cocktail can be served both warm or chilled, depending on your preference (and also the weather).
The earthy taste of chamomile tea combined with bourbon and a hint of honey makes for a relaxed drink perfect for days in the pool or with a book. This easy DIY cocktails only requires 4 ingredients, and is easy to whip up anytime you feel like it. If you’re not a fan of chamomile tea, any other flower tea works as well such as the floral blossom tea from Nilufer.
This fun, herbal fruit tea cocktail is the perfect twist to your usual cup of iced herbal fruit tea, adding some excitement into your day.
Although tea might have a prim and proper reputation, there’s no saying that it can’t be played up and added to a cocktail; be sure to use the following 5 fresh herb cocktail ideas on special occasions such as parties to wow your guests.
The recent monsoon weather only spells disaster as people start catching colds and falling sick. However, a trip to the doctor isn’t worth the hassle all the time, especially when you’ve got a cup of red rooibos tea conveniently at your disposal. Flower teas such as chamomile tea and rose tea have antioxidant and antiviral properties, keeping colds and sore throats at bay. A cup of herbal fruit tea does indeed keep the doctor away - read on for 5 all-natural quality tea remedies for common ailments you might face in your daily life.
Organic ginger tea is a surefire way of boosting the immune system, for ginger expels toxins and warms up your body. When paired with red rooibos tea, some honey and a few slices of lemon, your cold will be gone in no time! The organic ginger tea and honey can soothe scratchy throats, while the antioxidants in the red rooibos tea work as prevention for more chronic conditions such as cancer.
Simply brew a cup of organic ginger tea and red rooibos tea, and pour it into a jar. Add 1 tablespoon to the organic ginger tea and red rooibos tea mixture and stir well. Add a few slices of lemon and voila - your cup of herbal fruit tea has turned into the perfect immune system booster.
Chamomile tea has long been hailed as the best quality tea amongst all flower teas for headache relief - chamomile tea contains compounds to help with pain relief and its mild sedative effect aids in relaxation. When chamomile tea is paired with a flower tea such as lavender, which produces a similar effect as pharmaceutical relaxants, its soothing effect will be amplified. There will no longer be the need for you to pop a pill to get rid of your migraine; turn to a cup of steaming herbal fruit tea and your favorite book for to unwind after a long day at work.
Feeling a little discomfort in your abdominal area? Drinking flower tea such as rose tea helps to improve the workings of our digestive system and alleviate discomfort from indigestion. Rose tea stimulates our body’s production of bile, helping our stomach to digest food more effectively, especially food high in fat. Rose tea also has mild laxative effects and is the perfect all-natural remedy for constipation.
A steaming cup of organic black tea isn’t only good for starting the day, it can also be used to treat sunburns. The tannic acid in organic black tea removes the heat from sunburns, and other compounds repair skin damage. With three organic black tea bags, brew a pitcher of black tea and let it cool to room temperature. Then, using a cloth, dab black tea onto your skin and let it sit overnight. Wash off the following morning, and the sunburn should be significantly less painful.
Chamomile tea, the powerhouse of flower teas, is also great for treating razor burns. Applying a quality tea bag to the inflamed area helps to soothe the pain while reducing redness and swelling, all thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of this herbal fruit tea.
As seen from the remedies above, sometimes all you need is a steaming cup of herbal fruit tea to restore order in your body. It’s best to purchase quality tea from known brands to ensure that you get the best results.