|Chocolate Mint and Peach Tea extract|
My biggest success was with an organic loose leaf peach flavored tea. It's difficult to find a fruity note in natural oils so originally I was simply looking for that. What I discovered was that the extracted liqueur was so much richer and more complex than I could have imagined. I dabbed it on my wrists constantly all summer long and inhaled deeply that sweet, smokey aroma reminiscent of hundreds of comforting afternoons with my hands wrapped around a warm cup.
I quite naturally started to think about how to use the extracts in food. I think their flavors would lend themselves to some delicious desserts, most notably ice cream and sorbets. I started to experiment with using them in seltzer and, not surprisingly, they were delicious. Peach tea seltzer has now become a favorite of mine and I can't keep enough extract in the house. As the bubbly glass approaches your nose you can't help but be overwhelmed by it's gorgeous bouquet. About a half teaspoon to a teaspoon works nicely in a ten to twelve ounce glass of sparkling water. I'm spoiled now, I'll never again buy a lemon, lime or (horror of horrors) artificial black cherry flavored seltzer again.