It’s true what they say - opposites do attract. Tea, the warm and cozy beverage we associate with rainy days and crisp fall evenings, is actually the perfect companion to the most iconic summer dessert - ice cream.
Despite the difference in temperature, these two delicious treats get along splendidly. Learn all about the best ice cream and tea pairings, the best ice cream flavored tea, and how to make your own ice cream tea float - just in time for National Ice Cream Day!
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BEST TEA TO PAIR WITH YOUR ICE CREAM
VANILLA ICE CREAM & MATCHA
This vibrant green tea and vanilla ice cream are truly a matcha made in heaven. The creamy texture of ice cream sweetens the flavor of matcha and is complemented by the lingering vanilla notes. Brew up Pukka's Supreme Matcha Green tea and try a warm matcha shot over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, like a matchaffogato! Plus, if you want to skip straight to dessert, matcha ice cream is a flavor growing in popularity so you can find it ready-made in many grocery stores and ice cream parlors.
CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM & CHAI
If anything proves that spicy and sweet are the perfect combination, it’s chai and chocolate. A delicious blend of flavors, even in classic tea blends like this Chocolate Chai by Chico Chai. But chocolate ice cream takes this chai to the next level. Get a sip of spicy chai then indulge in a scoop of chocolate ice cream for a complex and decadent treat.
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM & BERRY TEA
Berry flavored teas and strawberry ice cream have more than a few things in common. Often underappreciated, their flavor profiles can range from tart and sweet, to decadent and light - and finding the perfect berry tea or strawberry ice cream to match your tastes is like striking gold. We recommend this Strawberry Blend juicy fruit tea that’s like eating delicious garden-fresh strawberries and blackberries. Try it iced, hot, or cold brewed and drink it with a few scoops of your favorite strawberry ice cream. Can't get enough berry flavored sweet treats? Whip up a scrumptious Mixed Berry Tea Cobbler!
LAVENDER ICE CREAM & EARL GREY TEA
Is your favorite latte a London Fog? Then you’ll love having a mug of Earl Grey tea with a scoop of lavender or vanilla ice cream. The light citrus and aromatic character of earl grey tea was made to go with floral flavors like lavender and the comforting taste of vanilla. Not only can you enjoy earl grey tea with your ice cream, but you can also infuse earl grey in your ice cream.
PEACHES N' CREAM ICE CREAM & PEACH TEA
Worried about having too much peach? It’s not possible! Soak in all the summer vibes with peaches n’ cream ice cream and an ice cold glass of peach tea. It’s a treat that’ll make you feel like you spent the day peach picking in the sunshine. Sip on DAVIDsTEA's delightful Just Peachy herbal tea blend with your next scoop of peaches n' cream.
MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM & PEPPERMINT TEA
Don’t worry, mint chocolate chip lovers, you aren’t forgotten! If you hadn’t guessed, peppermint tea is truly the perfect drink to go with a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone. Minty fresh and sweet with a hint of chocolate, the two flavors were meant to be enjoyed together. Try a refreshing iced glass of Organic India’s Tulsi Peppermint or this Just Dessert from OFFBLAK with your next scoop of mint chocolate chip.
HOW ICE CREAM & TEA CAN GO TOGETHER
Still skeptical about how to enjoy these two together? Of course, you can always sip on a cuppa with a separate bowl of ice cream on the side. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try making an Ice Cream Tea Float! The recipe at the bottom of this article can be modified using any of the matches above, or experiment with your own ice cream & tea pairings.
BEST ICE CREAM FLAVORED TEA
HERBAL COFFEE Sips by THE LOOSE LEAF
Love coffee but can’t handle the caffeine? Try this tea that tastes exactly like coffee ice cream for a sweet nightcap before bed - completely caffeine-free! The texture of Herbal Coffee is heavier than most teas, so add cream and sugar for the perfect coffee ice cream lover’s tea.
SALTED CARAMEL COOKIE Sips by COOKIE TEA
Taste some of the decadent flavors of salted caramel ice cream with Cookie Tea’s Salted Caramel Cookie. A hint of salt complements the layered flavors of caramel and cocoa butter for a unique green tea treat.
DARK CHOCOLATE COOKIE Sips by COOKIE TEA
This black tea blend with cocoa bits and coriander is like enjoying a decadent cookies n’ cream ice cream cone. Enjoy on its own or make it into a scrumptious latte with your favorite milk.
MAPLE PECAN ROASTED HERBAL TEA Sips by TEECCINO
All the rich nuttiness of butter pecan ice cream for a gratifying indulgence, slightly sweetened by dates and figs. With sweet maple notes, this pecan herbal tea will curl around your tongue and delight your senses with an easy, smooth flavor.
COOKIE DOUGH Sips by THESAURUS TEA
For everyone whose favorite part of cookie dough ice cream is eating the scrumptious dough bites, this blend of black tea and natural flavors really is as close as you can get to the real thing in a teacup!
CONFETTI CAKE Sips by PINKY UP
Do you love to celebrate with a scoop of birthday cake ice cream? Enjoy the same rich, vanilla goodness with a cup of Confetti Cake tea by Pinky Up! This tea is the perfect creamy blend of chamomile and safflower sweetened with natural pineapple and mango for a delicious scoop of ice cream in a cup.
ICE CREAM TEA FLOAT RECIPE
Looking for a new summer treat to try and beat the heat? Quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth with this genius summertime combo! Witness the meet cute of cold brewed tea and ice cream in this Ice Cream Tea Float recipe.
ICE CREAM TEA FLOAT
Makes 4 servings // Prep Time: 4-6 hours // Active Time: 5 minutes
- 2 tablespoons of loose tea. We recommend a black tea, matcha, or rooibos.
- Vanilla ice cream
- 16 oz. club soda
- 2 cups filtered water
- Optional: whipped cream
Cold brew 2 tbsp of tea in 2 cups of filtered water for 4-6 hours in the fridge or overnight.
For one serving, pour ¼ cup of the brewed tea in a glass and mix with 4 oz. of club soda.
Add one scoop of ice cream and top with whipped cream.
Repeat process to make 4 servings. Enjoy!
Pro Tip: Want to double the tea flavor? Make a homemade tea flavored ice cream, like this No-Churn Black Tea Ice Cream or Jasmine Green Tea Ice Cream, to scoop in your ice cream tea float for the most tea goodness possible!
ICE CREAM TEA SHOP
Looking for a sweet tea treat to cool down on a hot day? Explore our Ice Cream Tea Shop filled with tasty teas picked for their spot-on sweetness. Whether you’re looking to cool down with a refreshing iced tea, indulge in a warm cuppa, or even make your own tea-infused ice cream treat, we've got your favorite flavors covered - with extra "toppings”! Sample your favorite flavors today.
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About Sips by: We’re a female-founded and led startup that makes discovering tea fun, personalized, and affordable. The Sips by Box is the only multi-brand, personalized tea subscription box. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Based out of Austin, Texas, we are adept at savoring a hot mug even when it’s seasonally inappropriate.