October 11, 2016

Fabulous Halloween Tea Party Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  Here are some fantastic ideas that will make your Halloween tea party celebrations more festive.       This dip platter is easy & decorative.  And to make the pumpkin theme complete, serve your guests our Pumpkin Spice Tea Cocktail!            Who doesn’t love cheese and crackers?  This creative idea to make Halloween themed cheese slices is brilliant and will delight your guests.  Enjoy it with our Cozy Comfort Tea Cocktail (right)  or, for a non-alcoholic choice, pair with our new Spiced Mulled Wine tea.           These black cat sandwiches and witches brew soup pair beautifully with our Edgar Allan Poe tea!   The brew is earthy with a hint of […]
August 24, 2016

Literary Tea Line: Louisa May Alcott and Edgar Allan Poe

It’s summer again and as the hot beverage business slows, we have time to revisit some old ideas for new tea blends and see where we can take them. Our Literary Tea Line has been hugely successful so far and we’re pleased to introduce you to its newest additions. We’ve been playing with a few ideas and we finally settled on the pair of authors for whom we’ve gotten the most requests. One of our new blends was created with the works of Louisa May Alcott in mind while the other was designed to evoke the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Born on November 29, 1832 to Transcendentalist parents, Louisa May Alcott grew up poor among some of the most famous intellectuals of the 19th century. She and her […]
August 10, 2016

Making your own Herbal Bitters

It’s Summer and time for refreshing new beverages.  Lately I’ve been interested in bitters and, while there are many options available commercially, I often can’t find them in my local stores.  So I looked online for information on making herbal bitters.  Are you looking to add a different dimension to your cocktails and iced beverages?  Try making your own bitters!  It’s fast and easy and the combinations are endless. You’ll need a funnel, a scale that can weigh small quantities (less than 1oz), high quality vodka or gin, high quality herbs, amber dropper bottles.  That’s pretty much it. I found useful information about proportions of different herbs to use here. To start I thought I would take 6 different herbs and steep them individually to see which I liked […]
June 20, 2016

The Eight Limbs of Yoga – An Introduction

  In honor of International Yoga Day (June 21st) we offer this brief introduction to the practice of yoga, the eight limbs of yoga. When people think of yoga, they associate the practice with the physical movement of the body in a variety of poses.  This, however, is only one aspect of yoga.  Yoga is about a way of life, a road-map (if you will) of how to live your life.  In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali details the steps one should take to enrich their lives and reach enlightenment.  He describes the eight limbs of yoga.  The physical movement of the body in postures is actually called Asanas and is the 3rd limb.     The first two limbs are Yama and Niyama and correspond to our approach […]
June 13, 2016

Iced Tea Recipes and Cocktails

June is National  Iced Tea Month.  To celebrate we’ve got some fantastic iced tea recipes and information about iced tea through the years. History of Iced Tea While iced tea was popularized at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 (see our blog on the origin of iced tea) references to iced tea recipes appeared in cookbooks as far back as 1876.  At that time, tea consumption was evenly split between green and black teas.  According to the US National Library of Medicine, the breakdown of the tea consumed was 40% black teas, 40% green teas and 20% oolong.   During WWII, due to public opinion and availability, tea importers were forced to switch their sources to Indian black teas, which were supplied by the British. Many of […]
June 6, 2016

Test your knowledge of Iced Teas!

How much do you know about Iced Tea?  June is National Iced Tea Month so we’re celebrating with specials on a variety of iced tea blends throughout the month.  Test your iced tea knowledge below!   1) Iced tea became popular in: 1904, 1875, 1776, 1935 1904 at the Louisiana Exposition (St. Louis Fair) click here to read our blog on the origins of Iced Tea. 2) Iced tea was introduced to the masses by: Sir Thomas Lipton, Martha Washington, Richard Blechynden, Betsy Ross Richard Blechynden – click here to read our blog about Iced Teas 3) Of the tea drunk in the US, iced tea accounts for: 25%, 50%, 73%, 85% Currently 85% of all tea consumed in the US is Iced Tea according to the Tea […]
March 23, 2016

Personalized Tea Gifts for your next party

Personalized Tea Gifts for that Special Event! Tea is the perfect party favor or place setting gift. Make your next party extra special with your own personalized tea party favors.  Delight your guests with your brews and tasty treats, and then make the event even more special with a take home tea gift.  We offer any of our over 400+ teas and tisanes in 1oz, 2oz or 4oz tins that can be personalized with your name, the date and the event (i.e. Terri’s Garden Party, May 2016). We are often asked to create tea and/or herbal blends for customers to use as favors for wedding showers, bridal teas, birthdays, etc.   We can create an entirely new blend for you or use one of our already blended teas packaged […]
March 2, 2016

Jason’s Pork Roast with Tea Rub

Tea Rub? Yes! Jason is the kind of person we all need in our lives.  He’s kind, sweet, smart, handsome, and … he loves to cook.  Whenever he comes to visit we can be sure we’ll be eating fantastic concoctions. While he is a definite meat eater, he always makes a great effort to incorporate my vegetarian desires.  On his last visit he asked me about making a tea rub that he could put on a roast and that I could put on tofu.  Below is the recipe he developed.  It was great on my tofu and amazing (I’ve heard) on the roast they cooked in the rotisserie (that Jason brought with him!). Tea Rub 1 cup black tea (we used Assam) 1/8 cup lemon myrtle ¼ cup […]
February 18, 2016

Ben’s Nepal Tea, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

One of the great benefits to having a Summer garden is being able to enjoy the splendor of your efforts in the Fall and Winter.  We were able to put up potatoes, onions, squash, apples, carrots and garlic as well as  lots of produce that we froze and canned.  The apples that haven’t been pressed into cider have been looking a little sad, so we found this fantastic recipe for Butternut Squash and apples that is heavenly.  And when I say “we” I don’t actually mean “me” since I had nothing to do with this for the most part.  I simply brewed the tea for the recipe then went back to work and waited for dinner.  It was worth the wait!  I hope you enjoy this soup as […]
February 1, 2016

Valentine’s Day Tea Treats

Treat your Valentine’s Day Tea Treats such as an aromatic, delectable cup of our new Valentine’s Day Tea or use our Valentine’s tea to make some delicious treats! No matter what time of the year, nothing says “I Love You” like a great cup of tea! Your sweetheart will enjoy sipping this well rounded, amber cup with its full flavor that lingers deliciously on the tongue. The aroma of decadent chocolate will draw you in, while the taste of rich chocolate and tart pomegranate will keep you coming back for more. Click here to read more about the making of this new tea blend!   Valentine’s Day Tea Cocktail   Infuse 1 Tbsp of Valentine’s Day Tea blend in a glass jar with 4 oz vodka.  Let steep […]