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Pairing Cakes with Tea

Pairing Cakes with Tea

If you love tea, and you want to know what food goes well with tea, you simply can’t miss out on delicious cakes. Yet, every cake is different and depending on the taste profile, you’ll want to pair with the right tea. For tea and […]

Herbal Tea Ice Cubes (T-Cubes)

Herbal Tea Ice Cubes (T-Cubes)

Have some summer fun by freezing beautiful herbs and flowers in ice cubes (a.k.a. T-Cubes)! Great to cool your drinks and add some additional flavor and aroma to it. Try it out ourself! We can highly recommend the following herbs: Pink Rose flowers Chinese Chrysanthemum tea […]

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

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

bubble tea mixology

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:

Mar-tea-ni

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
tea cocktail

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.

How To Easily Make Bubble Tea At Home

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 […]

Sweet Tea Lemonade

Sweet Tea Lemonade

Sitting at the beach or down by the pool, or even just a hot day walking in the city – the best two drinks are iced tea and lemonade. Refreshing black tea, sweet tart lemonade – often sweet tea is  even served with a slice […]

Therapeutic Teas

Therapeutic Teas

Therapeutic Teas

Sometimes you just feel bad. You just have yuckiness in your bones, “ugh!” in your muscles and skin. You just want a nice hot cup of anything that can fix you. To feel the steam of it fill your nostrils before you drink it, feel the heat through that favorite mug.  You want a nice cup of tea. A cup of tea that can make everything right again. Luckily there are therapeutic teas you can make yourself to take the ick out of your life when you want that steaming mug of tea. Here are some great teas to use when you’re feeling under the weather.

  • Constipation Tea

    Ingredients:

    • 3 parts fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seed
    • 1 part senna (Cassia officinalis, Senna alexandrina) leaf
    • ½ part cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana) root
    • 1 part licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root
    • ½ part cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, C. aromaticum) bark

    If constipation persists after using this tea, try increasing the cascara sagrada to 1 part and the senna to 1 ½ parts.

    Follow the directions above to make a decoction.

  • Sore Throat Soother

    Ingredients:

    • 2 parts licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root
    • 1 part cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, C. aromaticum) bark
    • 2 parts fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds
    • 2 parts echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) root
    • 1 part marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) root
    • ½ part orange (Citrus sinensis) peel

    If you can’t find marshmallow root, you can substitute slipper elm (Ulmus rubra) bark.

    Follow the directions above to make a decoction.

  • Anti-insomnia Tea

    Ingredients:

    • 2 parts chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers
    • 2 parts passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) leaves and flowers
    • 2 parts lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) leaf
    • 1 part valerian (Valeriana officinalis) root
    • ½ part rose (Rosa canina R. spp.) hips
    • ¼ part lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) flowers

    Drink in the evening, at least an hour or two before bed (you don’t want to wake up because you need to use the bathroom). If you want something stronger, you can make this formula into a tincture take ¼ teaspoon of the tincture at bedtime.

    And there are three different therapeutic teas you can try, whether you’re blocked up, have a sore throat, or can’t sleep. There are plenty of other recipes and even some out of body tea remedies you can try. Some people even treat their hair with teas to help make it healthy. A cup of tea really is a glorious thing – whether you drink it for fun or for your health.

Make Milk Tea Sherbet

Make Milk Tea Sherbet

Sometimes after a hot summer day, the exact thing you need is a nice cup of ice-cream. It’s cold, sweet, and really just hits the spot. So, why not combine your favorite winter drink and summer treat and make tea ice cream? Whether with an […]

Make Tennessee Tea Cakes

Make Tennessee Tea Cakes

The American South is known for many things, but if there are any two to come to mind- it is good food and iced tea. From sweet, dripping pitchers of Sweet Tea, to buttery goodness that is Southern cuisine – it’s a great place to […]

Use Green Tea in Your Smoothie

Use Green Tea in Your Smoothie

One recent health trend that you might see on your facebook feed or even pinned on pinterest is the “green smoothie”, where people in order to get health benefits of foods like spinach, kale or other green stuff will put those same things in smoothies combined with fruits and other goodies to make a good, healthy, breakfast smoothie, which is as you would imagine literally the color green. Believe it or not, Green Tea, is a common base that can be used in a “Green Smoothie” or even other smoothies to get a better taste and even add the health benefits of Green Tea. Because it hydrates just as well as water and is packed with anti-oxidants, it would be a good idea to use Green Tea in your smoothie, Green or otherwise.

One such smoothie recipe, which is not a Green Smoothie, is the Blueberry Basil Tea Recipe via Do Small Things With Love:

Ingredients:
3 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups brewed Green Tea with Lemon
2 Basil Leaves
2 Tablespoon Honey
 First off, brew the tea to your desired strength. I decided to make this smoothie because I am always looking for ways to use the herbs in my garden.  My basil has taken off lately.Then, once the tea is chilled and the basil is picked, simply combine all of the elements, tasting and adjusting if needed.  And there you have it–your cool and refreshing drink just packed with antioxidants!  There are antioxidants in the tea, and the blueberries.  My husband thinks that he would have liked the smoothie to be a little creamier, but I like the simple blueberry/basil combination, with a tint of tea in the background.
There are countless other recipes you could try. You don’t have to go completely green with your Green Tea smoothies – you could just use it as a base for your standard fruit smoothie to give that extra anti-oxidant kick. If you do  the “Green Smoothie” route, it is definitely a fun health trend to try. It should be remembered to consult your doctor though and do your research before you make any serious diet changes.
Make Marco Polo Tea Cookies

Make Marco Polo Tea Cookies

There’s nothing like having a really awesome cookie with an even better cup of tea. You can double that by even making cookies out of tea. It  would be the perfect thing for a nice night in at your home or even entertain your friends […]