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    The proof that the humble tea plant is a superstar ingredient can be seen in its use by bartenders and mixologists around the world. Whilst tea has a long history on the back bar it is experiencing a spectacular rise in no and low ABV (alcohol-by-volume) drink lists.  What is the case for using tea as an ingredient on low and no cocktails?

    There’s a common misconception that if you’re not drinking alcohol, you’re not having fun. Whoever thought to spread this rumour did a good job, but it’s definitely not the case and people are beginning to realise that.

    There is a not-so-new trend that’s making its way into the mainstream and that is non-alcoholic drinks. What makes this news even better is the significant improvement in the availability, quality and variety of non-alcoholic beverages. 

    So how do these alcohol-free variations fit into our society?

    We’ve heard it before; you are what you eat. Everything should be done in moderation - but how often do you check the sugar, calorie or alcohol content of your favourite food and beverages? 

    Most importantly, do you know how much of these ingredients you should be consuming and the effects they can have on your health if you have too much? 

    Just because it says sugar-free, low-fat or alcohol-free - doesn’t mean it’s good for you, which is why it’s so important to read the label.

    Kicking back with a non-alcoholic drink doesn’t take away the magic of summer! Backyard BBQ’s, outdoor picnics, long days at the beach and get-togethers with loved ones are all hallmarks of a great Aussie Summer.

    But we get it. It’s easy to get swept up and overindulge on food and booze during the warmer months - but wasting these precious months being hungover on the couch is no longer an option, and you’re not alone.

    We talk about the rising trend of mindful drinking or sober curious folk looking for choice when deciding not to imbibe as well as maintaining control of our mental well-being. How to approach the category of alcohol-free drinks and what to look for in non-alcoholic drinks both at the bar and in the home. Evelyn also shares some insight into Canada's non-alcoholic drink scene. She explains that the demand by consumers, bartenders and brands is resulting in a an elevation of the non-alcoholic serve options in the bars and clubs. 

    This week we welcome award-winning bartender, Evelyn Chick, to our blog. Based in Canada we connected with Evelyn following a masterclass she held on Zero Proof cocktails (also known as temperance cocktails or alcohol-free cocktails). She generously shares her knowledge and gives her 5 top tips on using tea to create epic alcohol-free tea drinks for the home bar.  

    We love connecting with tea lovers, who are as passionate about high-grade, quality loose leaf tea as we are! 

    Thibaut Chuzeville or @tea_tcha as he’s known on Instagram, has one of the most coveted jobs in the industry! As a Tea Sommelier, Thibaut’s job is to pair delicious tea and food together, like you would do with wine. He’s also working on exciting new tea project…

    We think our cheeky monkey, MICO, star of East Forged's Black Tea & Yuzu deserves his own blog post after returning from the DB & SB Autumn Blind Tasting competition, run by UK-based publications The Drinks Business and The Spirits Business with a gold medal.
    Something quite special happened this October. East Forged was awarded three medals in the DB & SB Autumn Blind Tasting competition, run by UK-based publications The Drinks Business and The Spirits Business. While the Green Tea & Pitaya and White Tea & Calamansi flavours each earned a Silver Medal, it was the Black Tea & Yuzu that impressed the judges and earned the highest Gold Medal recognition!

    At East Forged HQ we are drawn to those in our community who acknowledge their connection to Mother Earth.

    In this month’s blog we chat to Jack Davies or @hold.the.tipple as he’s known on Instagram – an ocean enthusiast, sustainable-living advocate and storyteller, who has added surfing and guitar playing to his list of hobbies in the last few years!

    Elevating the tea experience is a top priority for our East Forged Co-founders Kym and Tania.  They will jump on any opportunity to talk, write and drink tea.  To say they are passionate about tea is an understatement because between them they have three tea companies!  They compete in competitions, travel to origin and are actively involved in the industry here and internationally.  They love to promote the value of tea as an ingredient and the impact it has for the beverage industry. 

    We love to experiment at East Forged HQ and often collaborate with people on fun tea projects.

    We joined forces with Cheryl Teo from Flag & Spear to combine Jun Xian (a milk oolong tea from Taiwan) with Starward whisky once… a certified Tea Sommelier, winner of the 2017 Tea Masters Cup (AU & NZ) in Tea Preparation and always on the look-out for new and different tea; we chat with Cheryl in this month’s blog!