Deep Eddy Poolside.tea

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Looking for something a little strong and not-to-sweet to sip poolside? I give you “Deep Eddy Poolside” tea. The best part is, this cocktail can be made with Deep Eddy Lemon or Peach, so you can switch up the flavor as you please.

Ingredients: 

  • Deep Eddy Peach Tea or Lemon Splash Vodka (1 1/2 oz)
  • Top with Lipton Pure Leaf Black Unsweetened Tea
  • Fruit for decoration (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add Deep Eddy vodka to glass
  2. Top with desired amount of Lipton Unsweetened Black tea (depends on how your day went, right?)
  3. Add ice
  4. If desired, add fruit garnish for a fun touch
  5. Enjoy!

Peach gin iced tea

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Looking for a light, refreshing tea cocktail for a summer afternoon? Look no further! I hope you enjoy sipping on this peach gin iced tea cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin (1 1/2 oz or 1 standard shot)
  • Teavana Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea (6 oz, iced)
  • 1/2 ripe peach of your choice, sliced
  • Club soda (a dash top top off the cocktail)

Directions: 

  1. Pour one shot of gin into a cocktail glass
  2. Add 6 oz of iced Teavana Peach Tranquility (for a stronger peach taste, allow sliced peaches to soak in iced tea overnight)
  3. Add peach slices to glass
  4. Top off with your favorite brand of club soda
  5.  Enjoy!

Taste.tea

14218086_10157524580795226_1434972304_nBlack, Green, White, Oolong, Pu-Erh,Rooibos; the list goes on. While there is an extensive, and I mean extensive, amount of teas on the market, let’s dive into the differences between our favorite brews.

Black: If you like variety, this is the tea for you. Black tea flavors can range from light and mellow, to rich and full-bodied. If you are new to black tea, I recommend trying Twinnings or Earl Gray brand. Don’t forget to add a dash of cream and sugar to this dark and toasty delight!

Fun fact: Black tea is called “red” tea in China

Green: My personal favorite. I mean it must be delicious, it’s been around since a few thousand years before the birth of Christ. The taste of green tea varies depending on how it’s brewed. I most commonly find it sweet and fruity. If you want to add a little zest, feel free to add in a lemon slice, or honey to sweeten.

Fun fact: Legend has it that Shen Nung, the second emperor of China discovered Green tea when leaves blew into his pot of boiling water

White: You probably haven’t heard much about white tea. “Why?” you ask. White tea is one of the rarest teas in the world. White teas are the least processed, as they are hand-plucked. Unlike black and green teas, white teas hardly have an aroma and taste extremely light. White tea also has no bitterness, and typically no aftertaste.

Fun fact: White tea has anti-aging properties which help in maintaining good health and healthy skin

Oolong: If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, oolong should be your cup of “happteaness.” Oolong tea is light and sweet. It often tastes like peaches or tropical flowers. It is also highly aromatic, so if you want to freshen up the air in your office space, brew yourself a cup of Oolong.

Fun fact: When produced in China, Oolong tea has a more dark and “woodsy” taste, but when produced in Taiwan, it tastes more floral

Pu-erh: I stumbled across Strawberry Slender Pu-Erh tea at Teavana about two years ago. At the time, I hadn’t heard much about Pu-Erh, so I decided to do my research. It turns out, Pu-Erh tea is good for your metabolism and digestive system. It is best to drink Pu-Erh tea about an hour after you eat a meal. Pu-Erh flavors can vary, but the Strawberry Slender tea from Teavana has an earthy taste and is slightly bitter.

Fun fact: Pu-Erh tea is believed to remedy hangovers (you made need some after indulging in my Tips.tea recipes here: )

Rooibos: If caffeine isn’t your thing, this is the tea for you. Naturally decaffeinated, Rooibos is a smooth and mild tea. It often has a fruity and sweet flavor. Because it is so mild, you will not be able to successfully re-steep it.

Fun fact: While most teas are grown in Asia, Rooibos is native to South Africa and is pronounced “roy-boss.”

 

Fall.tea

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S’mores lovers, rejoice! This tea is a great blend for a Saturday night next to a bonfire, or a Sunday morning on the patio watching the beauty of autumn captivate the trees in your backyard.

I stumbled upon S’mores Oolong Tea from Teavana last weekend while I was shopping for a few new tea canisters. Of course I went in for a few tea supplies, and came out with four new canisters and three new types of tea. Typical.

S’mores Oolong tea is the perfect combination of those campfire flavors that are so familiar to us; marshmallow, graham cracker and yes- it will even satisfy your chocolate craving. This tea definitely gets 5 out of 5 tea mugs from me. (Yes, I use tea mugs as my rating scale).

According to Teavana.com, it is best served when heated at 195 degrees, and steeped for 3 minutes. The glory of S’mores Oolong tea is it can be re-steeped. Yes, that’s right. You can recycle your leaves to double your indulgence in these fall flavors.

You can order Teavana S’mores Oolong tea here: Teavana S’mores Oolong

Once you’ve made your cup, sit back, relax by the fire, and let me know if this tea is your personal cup of “happteaness.”