Recipes: Enjoy Tea with Osmanthus Taste

Sweet osmanthus, also known as Osmanthus Fragrans, is a Chinese flower that’s often used in the Chinese kitchen to prepare desserts. The flowers are super fragrant and release a buttery sweet apricot scent. In this post we’re going to introduce you some classic blends with osmanthus that you should try out at home!

Before we move on to the recipes we would like to mention that there are also pre-blended osmanthus teas available, but they typically aren’t as great as when you buy leaf tea and osmanthus separately.

Osmanthus oolong tea

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Watch the video below to see how it’s prepared in a gaiwan and visit this page for more details.

Osmanthus green tea

Watch the video below to observe how it’s made in a glass teapot. See this page for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Chinese Dried Rose Tea Recipes: Low Calories & Lots of Benefits

Rose flower tea is delicious and has lots of benefits such as supporting your digestion, improving the skin, and helping you to de-stress after a busy working day. As it’s caffeine free and near zero in calories, it’s suitable for any time of the day. See the video below showing how you can easily prepare a rose flower tea at home/office with a Teasenz infusion tea mug. This video will be followed by two bonus rose tea recipe ideas!

Honeysuckle Rose Tea Recipe To Fight Flu

One amazing rose tea recipe is one that combines the dried roses with honeysuckle. A great recipe to enjoy the health benefits of roses with the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Honeysuckle. And did you know it’s great as a natural remedy against a flu or cold as well?

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram dried honeysuckle
  • 5 pieces rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 5-8 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Note: avoid honeysuckle during pregnancy.

Myosotis Rose Tea Recipe for Even Better Skin

One other popular Chinese rose tea recipe is one that combines dried rose buds with Myosotis flowers. These purple flowers are often used in cosmetics as they’re amazing for a soft and smooth skin. In addition, it adds a more nutty flavor to the pure rose tea. Try this recipe as soon as you can and stay young forever..

What you’ll need:

  • 2 gram Myosotis
  • 3-6 pieces of Rose buds
  • Water temperature: 90 degrees Celsius
  • Steeping time: 12 minutes
  • Water amount:
    • 120 ml hot water in gaiwan – good for 3 brews; or
    • 500 ml hot water in teapot – good for 1 brew.

Other Flowers: Lavender?

Now that you know that rose tea can be blended with Myosotis and Honeysuckle, you might wonder whether it works with other flowers as well. The answer is: yes, probably. One flower that’s for sure great with roses is lavender. The aroma of lavender is strong, so try to find a balance in proportion for the blend. We suggest to start wit about 80% roses and 20% lavender. If you’ve any other rose tea recipe ideas, feel free to share them in the comment section!

Add Leaf Tea: Rose Green Tea Recipe?

Adding leaf teas to the rose flowers definitely is another way to be creative. Because the aroma of roses is delicate, we suggest to experiment with green teas, as they’re lighter in flavor. Moreover, the green color of the fresh leaves will look amazing with red or pink roses.

Make Iced Rose Tea

Besides making hot teas as shown in the video above, you could serve the teas ice-cold.  Either put the hot teas in the fridge (after they reach room temperature) or add lots of ice to let it cool down instantly. Great to stay fresh and hydrated during hot summer days. And if you can, bring some to the beach.

Iced Green Tea Recipe

If you are looking for something that’s cold and refreshing, but not an unhealthy coke. You should try out this easy to make minty iced green tea recipe.

Ingredients for Iced Green Tea Recipe

How to make iced green tea?

  1. Crush the mint leaves gently in a serving glass
  2. Steep 1 table spoon of tea leaves separately and pour it in the glass with the crush mint leaves afterwards, leaving 1/3 of space for ice cubes.
  3. Let the steeped mint and loose tea leaves in glass cool down
  4. Add ice cubes on top and finish it of with fresh lemons
  5. If you prefer to have a sweet drink, don’t add sugar, but instead, go for honey. The sweetness of honey will match the green tea and mint taste perfectly

How to serve iced green tea?

Get your most beautiful transparent glass and serve the iced green tea with a uncrushed mint leaf on top.

Enjoy!

7 Green Tea Matcha Recipe Videos That You Will Love

If you don’t know what Matcha is than you are definitely missing out. Basically it’s a powder made from green tea and it’s a very versatile ingredients for drinks and desserts. Though the powdering processing method comes from China, traditionally matcha it’s made in Japan from Gyokuro leaves in Japan. Today, more and more countries are producing this powder and as a result it’s most likely available in your local supermarket!

Watch the cool videos below to discover amazing recipes that are easy to make:

1. Green Tea Baked Donuts Using Matcha

2. Green Tea Matcha Latte

Making a smooth latte with matcha powder is definitely one of the most popular recipes out there.

3. Green Tea Matcha Cake

What goes well with a cup of green tea? Well obviously a cake made from the same ingredient is your best choice!

4. Green Tea Matcha Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate!? But have you tried one before made with added green tea powder? Found out more with the easy recipe below

5. Green Tea Matcha Cookies

There’s nothing better than lovely homemade cookies to go with a cup of tea or coffee. Surprise visiting friends or family with this delicious treat! Easy to make and you can create your own shapes.

6. Green Tea Macarons Made With Match Cream Butter

Don’t you find macarons way too expensive? Well, you’re not the only one! The good news is you can now make it at home and enjoy macarons at low cost.

7. Green Tea Matcha Ice Cream

A classical Asian recipe by adding matcha flavor to ice cream.

Do you have any related recipe that you would like to share? Leave a comment!

Do You Want a Tea Cocktail Mar-tea-ni or a Bubble Tea with Mixology

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Tea is the new coffee! As more and more restaurants, cafes and hotels starting to sell more exotic teas, a few of them are now trying to get creative in order to offer something unique. Here are two very good examples:

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Berkeley’s Asha Tea House (2086 University Ave.) has always been a place for people with different levels of tea appreciation, including teenagers craving sweet boba drinks and connoisseurs who spend hours steeping top-grade high-mountain oolong leaves in a traditional gaiwan. Now there’s something for the boozehounds among us, too: Since August, Asha has been serving a small selection of tea cocktails. The drinks, which are available after 5:30 p.m., offer convincing evidence that tea and alcohol do, in fact, mix — better than you might imagine. Read more
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Bubble Tea with Mixology

The Frozen Old Fashioned bubble tea cocktail at MoPho tastes just like a standard version of the classic drink, but with daiquiri-like texture of blended ice and the squishy presence of tapioca pearls or gummy blobs of flavored jellies sucked through a fat straw. “I don’t think you can get any more fun and lighthearted than a boba tea,” said Jeff Gulotta, co-owner and manager of MoPho. (Gulotta, like many, prefers the more traditional word “boba” over the more popular “bubble” in describing the Southeast Asian drink. Read more

Given these two examples it seems that the possibilities are endless. Have you have tried to make a cool tea drink before at home? Perhaps you should try out making this bubble tea and add some additional creativity to it. Feel free to share.

Honeysuckle Iced Tea Recipe

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With the health benefits of honeysuckle tea in the international spotlight, we would like the share a wonderful recipe. The cool thing about this recipe is that fresh flowers are used, while in China this herbal tea is made after the honeysuckle flowers are dried.

With Easter and Passover behind us, spring is really and truly here.  The honeysuckle vine draped across my front porch is in bloom, and  every time I go in or out I’m blown away by the scent.  I’ve been determined to use those incredible – edible  flowers somehow.  I’m always inspired by ingredients I can find  in my own yard, (or my neighbor’s!)  Over the last three years we’ve moved so often that I’ve tried to reduce the sting by challenging myself to find the elements in each new landscape that I can incorporate into my cooking.    I tried to make you a honeysuckle ice cream, but I’m going to have to keep working on that one, the flavor just didn’t come through.   Honeysuckle tea is more mainstream, in fact its been used medicinally by the Chinese for thousands of years.   I love it for its delicate scent, and the nectar is sweeter than honey.  I was amazed by how much flavor I got out of a jarful of  flowers.  If you have access to a vine, you’ve got to try this.

Honeysuckle tea is made with the delicate white and yellow flowers of the Chinese Honeysuckle vine.  It’s considered an invasive species, so gardeners and conservationists don’t like it, but it is pretty common, so chances are there’s a vine or two near you.  The flowers come in pairs, and you’ll want to pluck them right at their base, where the nectar is.  Look for freshly opened flowers, and avoid or pick out the leaves, stems, and berries.

Pour scalding water over the blossoms

The tea is made by pouring scalding water over the blossoms, and letting it cool at room temperature.

Let it chill in the refrigerator

Then you can chill your infusion in the refrigerator.

Filter the tea

I left mine overnight before straining it through a coffee filter or tea filter.

Customize and decorate!

The finished tea has a lovely pale celadon color, a light floral scent, and a surprisingly sweet flavor. Pour over ice, and add a sprig of mint. Whatever you do, though, don’t add honey before tasting your tea — it’s incredibly sweet all by itself.  You might want a squeeze of lemon if you don’t like sweet tea.

iced honeysuckle tea

With the winter coming you might not be super interested in iced tea, but it can never hurt to stock up as it’s going to be useful when you are facing a cold or flu!

The recipe is from the Theviewfromgreatisland.com

How To Easily Make Bubble Tea At Home

While bubble tea has been very popular among teenagers in Asian countries. This is proven by the fact that even a bubble tea museum was opened last year in Taiwan. But that’s not it, bubble tea is now also making its way in Western countries with the world’s largest Bubble tea being created in Los Angeles created last year. Though it looks complicated to make, it’s actually really easy and much cheaper than buying it bubble tea store!

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1. Buy Dry Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls can usually be purchased at any Asian/Chinese supermarket. Make sure it’s ‘Tapioca Starch’ (not potato) as they taste better! What you will be surprised how cheap they are and you will start wondering why bubble tea stores sells it for premium prices.

2. Dissolve Sugar in Hot Water

Because bubble tea is a cold drink, sugar doesn’t dissolve in it. That’s why you have to dissolve the sugar in hot water first. For one cup of bubbles, you need to use one cup of water and half a cup of sugar.
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3. Boil The Pearls

For 1 cup of dried bubbles (good for several drinks), use 6 cups of water. Keep stirring until they float to the surface. Afterwards, turn the heat lower and cook the bubbles covered for about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir every 5 minutes. At last, turn of the heat and wait for 25 minutes before the bubbles are ready.

4. Rinse The Bubbles!

Rinse the bubbles/pearls like this:
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5. Soak The Bubbles In Syrup

Soak the pearls in the syrup you created in step 2 for 15 minutes.

5. Be Creative & Mix

Now it’s all up to you. The original bubble tea is a mix of pearls, black tea and milk. But you are free to choose other types of tea such as oolong tea or green tea a well. Besides, that be creative with other ingredients! Try it at home and share with us your creations!

Tea Recipe: Make Black Tea Bread

I am a fan of bread and I became even more fan when my friend shared a recipe with me called ‘Black tea bread’. What’s even more amazing is that it’s so easy to make. Here’s what’s needed:

  • 6 gr loose Earl Grey tea or a tea bag Mr. Grey
  • 125 gram butter
  • 300 ml water
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 150 g sultanas or similar biscuits
  • 275g flour
  • 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

How to make tea bread?

Preheat the oven until it reaches 180 ⁰ C. Make sure you have a large pan and grease it with butter.

Steep 300 ml of loose black tea or Earl Grey tea bags. Let it steep for 5 minutes.

Grate the orange peel and put it aside. Then press the orange. Add 300 ml of steeped tea, 125 grams of butter, 125 grams of sugar, 150 grams sultanas/biscuits , the juice and zest of the orange in a pan. Bring it to boil and let it cook for 4 minutes on low heat. Afterwards, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

Add the baking powder, 275 grams of self-rising flour, salt and mixed spice in a bowl and mix it well. Then add the cold tea mixture to it. Mix it thoroughly again and pour the resulting greased baking pan.

Put the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes until the bread. After the 60 minutes has passed, take it out and let the bread cool for 10 minutes, while it is still in the pan. Then take out the bread and allow it to cool for at least another 10 minutes. Cut the bread into the desired thickness and serve!

Drink the Best of Both Worlds with Yuanyang: A Coffee Tea Recipe

There is always that eternal battle- coffee vs. tea. Over which has better health benefits, which has more caffeine, or even how you drink it- well now you can drink the best of both worlds with Yuanyang (Yuenyeung, Yinyeung and Yinyong), a coffee and tea mixture popular in Hong Kong. Compare to all our other exciting tea recipes this one is probably the most easy to make.

Drink the Best of Both Worlds with Yuanyang

The mixture is named after a mixture of light milk tea, black tea cut with a lot of milk, and iced black coffee. It is about two thirds milk tea and one third coffee, but the coffee definitely enough to give the drink that extra oomph. Mixing the mild and creamy milk tea, with the bitter coffee makes one amazing, if not a little sacrilegious, beverage.

Here is a recipe to make the stuff via food.com

Ingredients for Yuanyang:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup black tea leaves (or six black tea bags, strings removed)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk (or use sweetened condensed milk)
    sugar
  • 3 cups strong coffee

Directions:

  • Bring water to a boil. Add tea leaves/bags and simmer three minutes.
  • Stir in milk. Simmer 3 more minute.
  • Stir in coffee. Stir in sugar to taste. Strain.
  • Serve hot or chilled over ice.

Have It Your Way!

Besides the above instructions you can go creative and add topping such as cream and Oreo cookies.  Simply have it your way!

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