Pu-erh Ice Cream Float

Alright, I know I’m not into ridiculous flavored teas — the kind where the taste of the tea is lost. But I am a fan of using teas in recipes where tea compliments another food, or another food compliments a tea. So while drinking some of my Green Elephant Pu-erh, I was thinking that it would go great with vanilla ice cream. So I filled a mason jar with a nice chunk of my beencha and filled the jar with boiling water, I sealed the jar and left it in the refrigerator for 12 hours. The resulting tea was completely black, like coffee black. So I poured it into a frosty mug and added a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, and I loved it. The sweetness of the tea really brought out the earthiness in the tea — it was a match made in dessert heaven, and as close as I’ll ever get to drinking Root Beer flavored “tea?”.


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Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.


  1. Zoe July 5, 2010 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Wow! Did it really taste that good? Can’t wait to try it this weekend. I’ll see if my husband would love it. Very creative! Good job!

  2. Neil Desai May 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Wow, nice experiment Tony. Glad to see it worked out great.

  3. Jordan M. Williams May 5, 2010 at 3:23 am - Reply

    I have never thought of that, just another thing to try. I’ve noticed that this tea also goes well with teriyaki chicken (but most pu-erh i’ve tried do).

  4. Tea Hacker April 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Pardon my French, but holy sh*t this is awesome!

  5. Marlena April 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    I am so glad I am not the only one who sometimes puts odd things in their tea and it works! I recently put some salt in a particular tea and it was wonderful. Perhaps I have a bit of Tibetan in my far ancestors.

  6. Robert April 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Simply brilliant!… I love creativity. I experiment with lots of teas but never would have thought of using Ice Cream!. 🙂

  7. TeaHawk April 21, 2010 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I’m not sure what to think of this! So I won’t. I’ll just try it, and then sell it to unsuspecting children in the neighborhood, because it sure as heck LOOKs like a root beer float…

    (maybe so doing I can fight childhood obesity)

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