Not including water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Both traditional and herbal tea provide health benefits. As consumers seek more variety and look for more natural, and simple foods and beverages, interest in tea is on the rise. There are more than 3,000 different varieties of tea. Sourcing indigenous teas and flavors can help a tea stand out in a crowded marketplace.
New versions of tea-infused alcoholic beverage specialties have opened an entirely new, young, alcoholic tea market. Tea-infused cocktails and flavored malt beverages can be made with real tea or artificial tea flavoring.
Alcohol and Coffee
Coffee is another beverage that producers of new alcoholic beverages are experimenting with. In addition to the packaging, labeling, and distribution regulations that come along with alcoholic beverages, producers in this category must also be aware of the changing regulations surrounding caffeine in alcohol.
Coffee can be combined with alcohol in various ways including through the use of concentrates and coffee flavoring, or through the addition of actual fresh-brewed coffee. The importance of maintaining pH levels in coffee dictates certain production, packaging, and storage requirements that greatly affect the quality of the end product.