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Iced Tea Pairings for Your 4th of July BBQ

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June 25, 2020


Iced Tea

Hosting a backyard cookout for the 4th of July? Iced tea is the perfect hydrating beverage for a summer gathering. Get inspired and start planning your menu with this iced tea and food pairing guide for your July 4th BBQ.

Grilled Chicken

Flavor Profile: Grilled chicken is a blank slate that can be dressed up with a fiery spice rub, a spicy-sweet BBQ sauce, or a blend of fresh herbs. No matter how you serve it, grilled chicken is light yet has excellent depth of flavor.

What to Pair It With: White meats such as chicken are highly versatile when it comes to tea pairings. For a tasty iced beverage everyone will enjoy, we recommend choosing smooth, elegant teas highlighted by notes of fruits and herbs.

  • Ginger Peach Black Iced Tea: Delicious juicy peach, seasoned with the tingle of spicy ginger, all wrapped up in a base of premium black tea.

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Flavor Profile: Onions and bell peppers have a sharp, slightly sweet flavor that becomes milder when cooked over heat. A coating of olive oil and sprinkle of herbs and spices delivers a fresh flavor that all guests are sure to enjoy.

What to Pair It With: As the lightest dish on this list of July 4th BBQ foods, grilled vegetables should also be paired with the lightest iced teas. We recommend a delicate herbal tea or a mildly vegetal matcha green tea.

  • Sonoma Rosé Iced Tea: A blend of crisp apples, ripe strawberries, and fine Sonoma grape skins. Like sipping a glass of wine country sunshine! 


Flavor Profile: The perfect burger is a fusion of flavors and textures: crunchy lettuce, juicy tomato, melted cheese, briny pickles layered on top of a meaty beef patty and two soft, toasted buns. 

What to Pair It With: Choose bold, fruit-forward teas that won’t be overpowered by the burger’s complex flavor profile. Citrus and fruit teas deliver a freshness and sweetness that can cut through the salty, fatty taste of ground beef.

Pulled Pork

Flavor Profile: Shredded pork shoulder simmered in spices and coated with flavorful sauces is a quintessential BBQ dish. Pulled pork is smoky and tender, and sauces can range from zesty vinegar-based to sweet tomato-based to tangy mustard-based.

What to Pair It With: Complement the smoky, salty, spicy-sweet taste of your pulled pork by serving it with refreshing fruit tea. Juicy fruits like mango, strawberry, orange, and lemon will deliver a splash of naturally sweet flavor.

  • Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea: An herbal tea blend of hibiscus and fruit, inspired by Spanish sangria. Perfect for sipping on sultry summer nights!

Grilled Bratwursts

Flavor Profile: These hearty pork sausages are usually seasoned with herbs and spices such as nutmeg, ginger, caraway, cardamom and coriander. Serve them plain or top them with pickled veggies, condiments, and sauces.

What to Pair It With: Smoky, heavily spiced pork sausages pair wonderfully with light, refreshing herbal teas. Look for teas with mild floral or fruit notes.

  • Sonoma Chardonnay Iced Tea: Delight in the flavor of fine Chardonnay grape skins, blended with tropical pineapple and sweet peach notes.

Rib Eye Steaks

Flavor Profile: Rib eye steaks are highly marbled with a large fat content, which gives them their signature rich, beefy flavor. They are one of the heartiest, most flavorful cuts of steak.

What to Pair It With: Heavy, fatty red meats like steak can easily overwhelm lighter teas. Pair them with robust teas blended with dark, earthy fruits and herbs. Black currant has a strong sweet-tart flavor and tannic finish that can hold its own against rib eye steaks.

  • Sonoma Cabernet Iced Tea: Fine wine grape skins harvested from Sonoma County deliver a nuanced flavor to this blend of citrus and black currant.

Interested in learning more about the nuances of tasting tea? Read our guide on How to Taste Tea the Right Way next.