Smoothies can be drunk alongside tea or blended into tea smoothies. To add tea to any smoothie recipe, you can: grind it into powder in an electric spice grinder, brew the tea and then boil the liquid down until it's concentrated, or infuse milk or a milk alternative with tea before blending the smoothie. These smoothie pairings use tea as a foil to their flavors (rather than an ingredient):
- Classic berry smoothies like this Raspberry Smoothie are great with citrusy Ceylon black teas, Darjeelings or Earl Grey.
- Indulgent smoothies like this Chocolate Banana Smoothie are better with Assam, Darjeeling, Keemun or Ceylon black teas.
- Super-healthy smoothies, like this Green Smoothie made with kale and pineapple, deserve an equally healthy tea pairing. Try them with good quality Japanese green tea brewed with water that's well below boiling.
- Vanilla yogurt is great with sweeter teas, like Rooibos, Masala Chai, Qimen (Keemun) or Nilgiri black tea. It's also worth trying with fruit tisanes.
- Fruit yogurt can be paired with tea much like the fruit smoothie pairings listed above. Compare specific fruit types to the fruit and tea pairings in this guide for more ideas.
- Plain yogurt has a tart flavor that works well with citrusy Ceylons and milder Japanese green teas.
- Pair yogurt with fruit and granola like you would pair fruit pastries and tea.