Like in every culture, hydration is important in the Chinese culture. Hundreds of Chinese drinks recipes exist thanks to the numerous options of Chinese drinks. Whether you want them alcoholic or just as beverages, you will have a long list to choose from. Tieguanyin is one of the most popular drinks in the country. It is a flavourful and strong blend between black and green tea though it is yellow in colour. This tea can be drank after a meal, or during cold seasons to keep warm. The tea has different medicinal values including being a relaxant.
Why Make These Drinks at Home?
You are probably wondering why you should get Chinese drinks recipes when you have ready-made options. Making your own drinks at home has various benefits similar to cooking such as:
- Cost effective as you can always make bulk and store.
- Using fresh ingredients.
- You get to choose the ingredients to add or remove to fit your preference.
- Assurance of hygiene and safety since you are doing the brewing yourself.
- Cooking can be therapeutic.
- You get to learn something new.
Easy Chinese Drinks Recipes to Try Out
These drinks are perfect additions to your candle lit dinner, chilly winters, warm summers and also throughout a normal day. You can serve them chilled or hot to fit your taste. And the best part is, you can always make as much as possible to share with family and friends. Here goes a list of our best Chinese drinks recipes:
1.Chinese Ginger Tea with Red Dates
Chinese mothers must be the great inventors of this magic tea because whenever anyone is sick with a cold, a Chinese mother will always have a cup of ginger tea on the ready! The dates are optional but they do have an additional value to the concoction. Ginger tea has several health benefits including:
- Reduces inflammation
- Fights stomach bugs
- Relieves respiratory blockage
- Improving blood circulation
- Boosts the immune system
The additional dates have great antioxidant properties, which is required for relieving inflammation. The Chinese ginger tea is the simplest of Chinese drinks recipes.
You only require 4 ingredients i.e. sliced ginger, red dates, water and Chinese black sugar. In the absence of the sugar, honey works as a great substitute. You can always skip the sweetening as well. Place all ingredients into the water in a wok. Cover and bring to a boil. Add the sugar after 15 minutes. If you are using honey, add it after straining the tea into your cup. Drink when hot for the best results!
2.Chinese Almond Tea
One of my favourite things about most of the Chinese drinks recipes is the loaded health benefits most of them carry. Almonds for example are small seeds but are full of antioxidants that help with inflammation. Almonds are also rich in fibre and help in reducing blood cholesterol levels. This drink is great for a cold day since it’s served hot. To prepare this bountiful cup of health, you need green tea, water and crushed almonds. Bring the almonds to a boil in the hot water. Put your green tea in a cup and add in the boiled almonds. Stir and sweeten to taste.
3.Limequat With Honey and Sour Plums
In Taiwan, this drink goes by its more common name ‘Jin Ju Nin Meng.’ You can describe it as an Asian version of lemonade. This is a refreshing drink served chilled that is best in hot summers. That doesn’t mean you cannot have it in other days. Just make sure not to have too much so that you do not fall ill. Use honey to sweeten the drink because it is a healthier alternative to processed sugar.
Honey also goes very well with the Limequat and sour plums, almost neutralizing their sourness. Unlike other Chinese drinks recipes, this one does not require any heat. However, it does take about 8 hours of preparation because the Limequat need to sit in water for long in order to blend properly. After the 8 hours, simply add approximately 2 spoons of honey in a glass cup, add the Limequat water and shake or stir properly. Finally add this mixture into a glass half filled with ice and sour plums. Enjoy!
The China Blue drink is a favourite New Year’s and other great celebrations drink. it is also great for brunches and easy days thanks to its mild levels of alcohol. It features in our Chinese drinks recipes because of its great taste and easy-to-make properties. China Blue gets its blue colour from the blue curacao drink, its sourness from lychee liqueur and sweetness from grapefruit juice. When the three ingredients are combined, you get a perfect blue mixture of tropical goodness. Just half fill a glass with ice and pour in the three ingredients in their measurements. Stir until you have a uniform blue cocktail and let it sit before enjoying it with some fruit or light snack.
5.Chinese Persimmon Smoothie
Chinese Persimmons, or Fuyu, are cherry like fruits that somehow resemble tomatoes. They are however shorter and studier in appearance. The Chinese persimmon smoothie is among the healthiest of our Chinese drinks recipes. It is a great source of proteins, vitamins and sugars. Smoothies are great for people in diets or in strict exercise regimes. They not only combine all needed nutrients in one glass or cup, they also boost your energy levels. Chinese persimmon is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and vitamins. You only need three ingredients for your perfect smoothie i.e. the Chinese persimmons (peeled or unpeeled), protein powder and Greek yoghurt. You can also add bananas and almonds as per your preference. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Mix to a smooth consistency and enjoy warm or chilled.
6.Sweet Corn Drink
Sometimes a favourite drink does not have to be fancy and exotic. Sometimes you just make use of the simplest ingredients you have. In our last feature of the easiest Chinese drinks recipes, we have the sweet corn drink. This is something in between a smoothie, puree and porridge. There are only three ingredients used and it only takes roughly 30 minutes to get your delicious drink ready. Sweet corn is readily available in most markets and grocery stores.
Make sure you choose those with juicy seeds. You do not want to use dry seeds because they take longer to prepare and the result may not be as great as we want it to be. If you are preparing it for one person, then two sweet corn cobs are enough. Feel free to add the amount if you are dealing with a larger group. To prepare, simply remove the kernels from the cob. Place the detached corn in a deep skillet or wok. Cover them with ample water and stir in some sugar. Let the water come to a boil for about 15 minutes. Remove the wok from the heat and let it cool before placing it in a blender. Puree the sweetened corn and slowly add milk to the preferred consistency. Strain the smoothie and enjoy. You can also just drink it with the pulp for a heavier feel.