Golden Star Tea Company Sparkling Tea

A nonalcoholic alternative for wine lovers

Finally, there's a nonalcoholic beverage that actually appeals to wine lovers. If you find yourself tee totaling (either for a night or for good), swap your sparkling cider for the Golden Star Tea Company's new White Jasmine Sparkling Tea, which has the effervescence and subtlety of a fine Champagne–as well as the food-friendliness–without the alcoholic punch.

Surprisingly, this complex beverage is a concoction of just three ingredients: jasmine silver needle tea, raw cane juice and water. The tea itself, a very rare version of the white tea leaf, is certified organic and comes from the Fujian province of China. White Jasmine Sparkling Tea is a pleasantly fruity quaff with a hint of tea and all the nuance of fermented grapes.

But for those who are still imbibing, we couldn't resist a cocktail experiment, and Golden Star proves to be a surprisingly versatile mixer. So when you want a little more than just tea, try this twist on the Dark and Stormy:

Light and Misty

Makes 1 drink

3 thin slices of peeled fresh ginger

1½ ounces spiced rum

½ ounce fresh lemon juice


Golden Star Sparkling White Jasmine Tea

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the ginger slices. Fill the shaker with ice and add the rum and lemon juice. Shake well and pour into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with sparkling tea and serve.

Golden Star Sparkling White Jasmine Tea ($13 for 730 ml) is available at select Whole Foods markets and restaurants, or online at