Tea Mimosa

Morning, afternoon, well whenever you want, drink some tea! That is what I love about tea. I love myself some coffee like most of us, however, tea has so many platforms and combinations.

IMG_5959_2I recently fell in love with brunch, wishing I could brunch all the time, and influenced my hubby to do a Sunday brunch the other week. Hoping to make a “thing” of it! This tea mimosa is perfect for brunch.

Not going to lie though, it was not the idea of brunch that made me think of tea in a mimosa. It was this dang cold I have had for over two weeks. Citrus is so good for colds, therefore as much as I can get the better.

I personally don’t drink that often, and this particular mimosa for me had no champagne in it, but that doesn’t mea YOU can’t put some in! This drink is so simple you will wonder why you never added tea to your bridal, brunch, or “just because” mimosa.

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Citrus Zing and Orange Juice
I started off with my Citrus Zing tea, steeping 1 tsp. in 4 oz. of boiling water. Steep tea for 3-5 minutes to ensure you get all of the flavor out of the loose leaf.

Again I love my hand dandy mason/ball jars! I swear they are useful for everything, from measuring, organizing, keeping things from drying out (in my case it was a face mask), to their main purpose of canning!

I measured out 4 oz. of orange juice to go with my tea, and if you are adding champagne or another sparkling liquid, you want to add 4 oz. of your choice liquid.

You want to keep all of your liquids equal parts. I made this just for myself but if you want to make it in larger batches just multiply 4 oz. of each liquid by the amount of people you want to serve. So 6 people equals 24 oz. of each liquid.

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Now, POUR away. It was so yummy. Don’t forget your fancy glasses as well!

1 serving

Ingredients:

4 oz. boiling water

1 tsp. Citrus Zing Loose Leaf Tea

4 oz. orange juice

4 oz. Champagne (optional)

 

Etsy Listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/267147164/citrus-zing-loose-leaf-tea

  

Say Aloha Tea

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Edit: name for the tea is Say Aloha

Tea purchase link : Say Aloha

Sometimes we just have those days where a creative block won’t go away. Well in my case it has been about a week. SOOOO…I need your help!

I started off making a strawberry daiquiri inspired tea and ended up with something a little different. That tends to happen in experimenting with blending ingredients to get that key flavor. Sometimes life doesn’t come out as you want it, but the end result is still good!

What do I need your help with you ask? I NEED A NAME FOR THIS BLEND.

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Think you can come up with a name, well here are some facts about the tea:

  • Houjicha Green Tea base
  • Floral taste with fruity undertones
  • Ingredients include hibiscus flower, myrtle leaf, strawberry leaf, dried strawberries, dried pineapple, dried cinnamon apples, and dried plums.

Come up with a name that is perfect, and you will get the perfect reward. FREE TEA!

If I choose the name you suggest then you will get 1 oz. of any tea that I have available in my Etsy shop. Not everyone has the same tastes, so if green tea is not your cup of tea I want to make sure you get something appealing to you!

Ah so exciting! Who doesn’t like free tea, and who doesn’t like some contact with their customer base!

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Side note: I took my mom some tea the other day, and stopped to get her a tea infuser for my loose leaf. Of course we both ended up with a new infuser by the time I left the store; Target, i.e. Heaven.

IMG_5884When starting out drinking loose leaf I was blessed with gifts from Teavana, which included the PerfecTea Maker. I have used the mesh balls, cute little infusers, a coffee press, and so on. The reason I liked the PerfecTea Maker, and honestly all of the Teavana infusers I have purchased is due to the fineness of the holes. The mesh balls and other infusers provider too large of an area for the tea to escape. The finer the infuser the better for blends that contain smaller particles. Find a infuser you like, because it does make a difference. This new infuser is pretty nifty, and fine (PUN intended). It hold 18 oz., and when done steeping you can pull the infuser up without opening the container. Tea geeking!

Apple Cider “TeaLatte”

A what now? An apple cider tea made into a latte of course!

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I started with my Apple Cider Tea for the base of the latte. Steep 5 oz. of boiling water with 3-4 tsp. of the apple cider tea loose leaf blend. Yes, this is twice the amount I recommend for 8 oz. of tea but you want a very concentrated amount of tea for the flavor to stand out in the latte. Just smell the amazing scent of fall in this cup of tea!

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While your tea is steeping feel free to start the next step. “Steam” some milk, or your choice of creamy goodness. It can be regular milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or even half and half. It is your tea so as I recommend with everything, make it how YOU want it! Now I said “steam” because I don’t have a handy dandy steamer contraption, but one day I will! If you are like me then just go for a simple method of grabbing a mason jar.

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I love these jars because they do all your measuring as well, no need to dirty more than necessary. Poor in about 50 ml, just under 2 oz. of milk, or your different choice.

Close the jar, tightly, and shake, shake, shake! I mean it, shake it ’til you make it.

Your milk will foam, and should double in size. I would give it 30-60 seconds. It may vary depending on the type of milk you choose. Once doubled in size from original 50 ml, slowly warm the milk up in the microwave. I warmed mine for 25 seconds, and then another 10 seconds to get my perfect temperature.

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Now the easy part! Just pour your steeped and strained tea into a mug, top with the milk and foam. I topped mine with a little dash of cinnamon sugar. I think it makes it so pretty while giving it an added punch of flavor. NOW ENJOY!

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/265125437/apple-cider-tea-loose-leaf

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Ingredients:

3-4 tsp. Apple Cider Tea

5 oz. water, boiling

50 ml. milk, almost 2 oz.

cinnamon sugar to top the latte

Instructions:

Steep Apple Cider Tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Steam and warm milk. Pour milk over strained tea, and top with cinnamon and sugar. ENJOY LIFE!

 

 

Night Time Tea

Feeling a little under the weather, well as of this moment I certainly am! So I sat on my couch not wanting to move, unless NyQuill or a heating pad was within reaching distance. They were not so close, ugh!

Since I had to get up anyway tea was the better option, and bed! My “night time” tea was my go to.

Why this tea? Well we all know those 28 day “teatox” program, and this in many ways is the night time version. Why drink a “teatox” tea when you aren’t feeling so great? This tea is designed to help your body recover, and recharge due to the ingredients in the blend.

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Night Time Tea ingredients:

Red rooibos tea, anise seed, peppermint leaf, orange peel, suma root, lemongrass, and hawthorn berries.

Benefits

Suma root has been used to centuries by many cultures as a herbal medication. Suma root is thought to improve the immune system with its vitamin content and geranium which it contains. Suma root has been used to help any ailments, including diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

Peppermint leaf, while delicious, is also known to help the human body. It has been used to fight the common cold, sinus infections (HELLO CURRENT MOOD), nausea, IBS, cramps, and can even repel those pesky mosquitos.

Anise seeds are used to help throat soreness, as well as most importantly in the detox process, improve digestion. Some people are adverse to this flavor but it is not to strong when mixed with so many other ingredients.

Orange peel is a great agent for flavor and benefits. Citrus fruits have always been known to aid in digestion, weight loss, and congestion. Orange peel is no exception to these benefits.

Now lemongrass! I know that many of us don’t use lemongrass in our everyday culinary ventures, however, if you can include it in some form you are better off in many ways. Lemongrass is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Lemongrass has many of the same benefits found in the other ingredients such as aiding digestion, helps with colds, and is even known to be a natural diuretic.

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So why drink “night time” tea, THAT IS WHY!

Hoping to feel a little better in the a.m., but for now I believe bed time is in order!

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/266566996/night-time-tea-loose-leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh HEY. It’s time for tea!

 

It is always time for tea!

Tea is for everyone, every time, and every place. No discrimination! Don’t like caffeine, well you can still drink many different forms of tea.

I have always been a fan of tea, but over the years that love has grown immensely. While planning my wedding, we got married in September 2015, I decided to do multiple favors. I am one of those people who love everything, and I know that not everyone enjoys the same things in life. One of my 3 favors were tea bags. That did not mean buying the tea bags! That meant making them, because to me the crafting was the best part of planning a wedding.

To give you an idea of my desire for different options, I had 2 different table clothes, 2 different center pieces, and all the favor cards had different quotes on them! Why be the same, right?

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Photo Credit: www.photographybytracie.com

I loved thinking of tea combinations, and doing the research so much that it has now evolved to my creation of an Etsy shop!

A blog was almost the same train of thought as starting my shop. I want to educate and interact with my customers as much as possible, therefore I will be focusing on posts about different teas benefits, and show different ways you may have never thought to make or use tea.

I am so excited to start this journey, and please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions!

 

My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HarlowTeaCo