Tea and Food

Why only match your food with wine? With so many different types of tea, it’s no surprise that some pair better with certain dishes than others.

Read on to find out what food goes with what tea.

White Tea with Meals

White tea is so light that most flavors will overpower it. Try Lipton® Blueberry Pomegranate White Tea as a refreshing palate cleanser.

Green Tea with Meals

Green tea also has a light and subtle flavor. Unlike white tea however, it can hold its own against delicate flavorings. Mild dishes like seafood, melon, or salads are perfect.

Black Tea with Meals

Black teas can be divided into three flavor categories: fruity, smoky and earthy. Each pairs with a different group of foods.

  • Fruity Black Teas

Teas like Lipton® Darjeeling have subtle floral tones. Pair them with creamy desserts.

  • Smoky Black Teas

One of the most well-known smoky black teas is Lapsang Souchong. The tea’s strong taste pairs well with similar flavors like blackened meat or sweet chocolate.

  • Earthy Black Teas

These teas hail from Yunnan, Africa, and Assam. They work well with rich flavors, such as gravy-based recipes or hot and spicy jerk chicken.

Oolong and Pu-erh Tea with Meals

There are two categories of oolong tea: light and dark. Light oolongs will go with scallops and rich seafood like lobster. Dark oolongs pair better with dark poultry such as duck, and desserts featuring maple syrup.

Pu-erh teas are aged, giving them a distinctive earthy flavor. As these teas are strong, they need equally robust flavors to match. They work well with greasy dishes such as a chicken stir-fry.

Teas That Pair with Chocolate

Like tea, there’s huge variety in chocolate types and flavors.

  • Masala Chai Black Tea

Chai teas like Lipton® Spiced Cinnamon Chai Black Tea are delicately spiced, so contrast well with sweet milk or white chocolate.

  • Earl Grey

Citrus is a natural friend to Earl Grey. Match this fragrant dark tea with citrusy dark chocolate.

  • Hojicha Green Tea

Complement this roasted tea with fruit filled chocolate.

Iced Tea

Lipton® Unsweetened Iced Tea is the perfect accompaniment for food. Plus, it’s full of flavor – just add some mint and lemon to bring out the taste. 

The best part about tea pairing has to be sampling the different combinations for yourself and seeing what works best. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it! 

Get Creative with Tea

Get Creative with Tea