April 29, 2021

Tea in the time of COVID

Tea in the Time of COVID – From teas and coffee beans to paper products and packaging, importers are reporting on the various reasons that COVID-19 is slowing international logistics to a crawl. Covid-19 is making the imports of products from international markets more difficult, and our products are no exception. Increased demand for tea over the last year has been a blessing to mail order companies such as ourselves.  At the same time, the disruption in the supply chain, causing shortages and an increase in the time it is taking to secure and receive products, has increased our workload and our anxiety (hence our new Calm herbal blend!).  All supplies from teas, herbs, bags, tins etc. are increasing in cost and are decreasing in availability.  These shortages have […]
August 22, 2020
Fresh Brewed Coffee

Coffee Tips for Brewing the Perfect Cup

Enjoying a perfectly brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home is easy and affordable. So don’t worry about getting dressed and jumping in the car for a cup, we’ve got you covered with easy tips for brewing the perfect cup of your favorite brew. Simple Tips for Brewing the Perfect Cup Avoid Reheating Coffee in the Microwave We all like to drink our coffee hot, but this is one tip you can easily understand. There are a couple reasons reheating your coffee in the microwave is not recommended. Microwaves do not evenly heat items. It is best to drink your coffee as soon as it’s ready. The longer you let coffee sit out, the more bitter it becomes. And re-heating coffee also results in a bitter taste. […]
July 20, 2020
Bubble Tea - Boba - Tapioca Pkg

Bubble Tea – The New Tea Drink Sensation

Over the past few years boba tea, also known as bubble tea or pearl milk tea, has rocketed into the global marketplace.  Its popularity even garnered the attention of a large corporate doughnut chain who is proposing to add, and is testing, it as a new menu item here in the USA. So … What is Bubble Tea? Bubble Tea is named for the “boba” or tapioca pearls that gather after shaken in the bottom of a cold tea or juice drink.  It can be a little confusing since “boba” can refer to the actual tapioca (cassava starch) pearls as well as the entire drink made with these balls. A basic cold drink recipe consists of black tea, milk, ice and tapioca pearls (aka boba).  It is shaken, as if making a […]
July 14, 2020
Tea Sangria Recipe White Tea Raspberry Peach Sangria

Our Favorite Tea Sangria Recipes

Sangria is a wonderful treat to cool off with on a hot summer day so we wanted to share some of our favorite tea sangria recipes.  We hope you enjoy these while relaxing this summer. Fruity White Tea Sangria Serves 6 1 bottle white wine (Sauvignon Blanc works well) 4 cups sweet tea (using S&V White Ambrosia tea, sweetened to taste) 1/4 cup triple sec 2 cups each frozen or fresh raspberries and frozen sliced peaches A bit of fresh mint for garnish Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate 1 hour or until properly chilled.   Very  Berry Tea Sangria 2 quarts Sweetened iced tea chilled (using our S&V Iced Tea Blend) 1 (750 mL) bottle sweet red wine chilled we like a red moscato or […]
June 8, 2020

Great Southern Sweet Tea Slush

If you are looking for the prefect summer party starter give this refreshing recipe a try!  A delicious “secret” from the south is the Great Southern Sweet Tea Slush which we are sharing with you today. Sweet tea can be traced back to the 1800’s in the US and is firmly rooted in the South. In fact, every good Southerner has their “perfect” sweet tea recipe.  Recipes vary from ones where you think you are drinking more sugar than tea, to others that incorporate wonderfully tasty fruits like peaches and strawberries. You can try this super easy process with other drinks as well. GREAT SOUTHERN SWEET TEA SLUSH Yields: 4 servings Ingredients: 6 cups sweet tea (homemade with one of Simpson and Vail’s fantastic Iced Teas, sweetened to […]
March 31, 2020

Tea and Books for International Children’s Book Day

Hooray!  April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day!  And today (like most days actually) we can incorporate two of our favorite things: books and tea! Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. With so many of us indoors these days, we find ourselves drinking more tea and reading a lot more books.  So if you’re looking to introduce your kiddos to the tea world, here are some fun books to add to your library.   Cloud Tea Monkeys Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes […]
December 2, 2019

Roasted Chestnut Snowball Cookies & Holiday Tea Treats

    Here’s a tasty recipe that will delight you and your guests this holiday season.  We can’t believe how tasty these cookies are!  Traditionally Snowball cookies are made with ground nuts, however, we added our new Roasted Chestnut herbal tisane to the butter in this recipe to create an incredible taste sensation! Try the recipe below or there are a few variations to try with this recipe.  You can add nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans…) either toasted or un-toasted and ground (1/2 – 1 cup) or add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  These cookies are rolled in powdered sugar.  We did roll them in powdered sugar, however, we also discovered that these cookies are scrumptious rolled in either a mixture of confectioner’s sugar & cinnamon or a mix […]
October 16, 2019

Recipes for Fall

Did you know that October is National Pumpkin Month? To celebrate we found some tasty Recipes for Fall you can enjoy with a cup of S&V tea! Scones/Sweets Pumpkin Snickerdoodle SconesPumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze Country Living’s 21 Pumpkin Scones You Need to Make This Fall Pumpkin Flan with Maple Caramel Pumpkin Coffee Cake Soups/SavoriesPumpkin Carrot Soup Pumpkin Leek TartsCarrot Parsnip Soup with our Gunpowder Green Tea Canapes with our Blue Moon Tea Other Fall Favorite Flavors! Chestnut Mascarpone Mousse Maple Apple Blondies Homemade Apple Bread Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars Maple Oatmeal Cookies                                  Pork & Mushroom Puff Pastry Swirls Sweet Potato Crostini w/ Cheese, Pear & Thyme          Salad, Crostini…. with our Jing Shuan Oolong Tea                             Harvest Season Tea Party with our Tippy Yunnan Black Tea Pumpkin Teas […]
August 22, 2019

Carbonated Teas – Creating Your Own Tea Sodas and Cocktails

Looking for a great drink to enjoy on these last long, hot days of Summer?  Enter Carbonated Teas or better know as Sparkling Tea Sodas.  I recently purchased a Soda Stream and,  while I thought it might be a silly gadget purchase, I love it!  I drink a lot of seltzer, and usually buy flavored seltzer, but with the Soda Stream I’m enjoying adding the unflavored seltzer to a variety of Simpson & Vail teas. A basic tea soda recipe is 1/2 tea to 1/2 seltzer and then sweetened as necessary.  To get you started on your own tea soda journey, here are a few recipes I found online: Non-Alcoholic Tea Beverages: This Bubbly Iced Tea recipe from Cooking light is a basic recipe.  Use 6 teaspoons of […]
March 1, 2019

Quick and Delicious Spring Tea Party Ideas

Did you decide at the last minute that you’d like to host a Spring Tea Party?  No problem.  We’ve got you covered. One of the most important things to remember when hosting an afternoon tea party is that the foods need to be fresh.  So how can you make a tea party easy and quick to prepare so you can enjoy the party with your friends?  Here are a few tips to cut down on the workload on the day of your party. Plan ahead.   Planning your theme, design and menu ahead of time helps in many ways to make your tea event less stressful.  Once you decide on a theme, make your shopping list for any additional decorations you may need.  Then make a list of all […]