Category Archives: Tea

Tea of the Day: June 27, 2012

OK, so technically I didn’t make this tea TODAY, but it is the tea of the day. It is in honor of the insane week of 100+ degree weather we’ve been having. I love sun tea. My mom used to make it when I was little. She used black tea, sweetened with mint. It was very good. As I got older I was surprised to learn that not everybody in the universe knows what mint tea is?! If you’ve never had it before, you are missing out! If you have, then you know how delicious it is. Either way, here is a new way to enjoy it from your very own happy spot in the sun. The tea of today is Super Sun Tea!

Apple Mint Tea: Enjoying a Quiet Moment

Super Sun Tea: Brewing

I was inspired to make this recipe with the herbs I picked up a few weeks ago. I’ve blogged about them already with my Pineapple Mint Tea & Apple Mint Tea posts. They are all delicious but put together, they are incredible. Most sun tea is made with black tea but a few summers ago I ran out of tea bags & really REALLY wanted some sun tea so I tried the green tea bags I had languishing in my cupboard. Green tea is so light & refreshing, plus it allows other flavors to come out instead of overpowering them. Take a look in the drink section at any gas station & you’ll see a ton of commercial ice teas made with green tea.

Super Sun Tea

Super Sun Tea: Herbs

Ingredients

  • 5 large sprigs fresh apple mint ~3-4″ long
  • 5 large sprigs fresh pineappleapple mint ~3-4″ long
  • 3 sprigs fresh lemon balm ~2-3″ long
  • 2 bags green tea (I prefer Celestial Seasonings brand)
  • Raw sugar to taste
  • Cloth spice bag
  • Sun tea jar (any clean glass container will work, with lid a plus, I also use a leftover 1 gallon juice growler)
Directions
  • Place tea bags in container.
  • Put herbs in a spice bag & place in container.
  • Pour sugar into container. (I use 1/4 cup sugar per 2 quarts for sweet tea)
  • Fill up container with lukewarm water. *see Note on water
  • Stir with a long spoon or shake container to dissolve sugar.
  • Place jar outside in a sunny spot for at least 2 hours, no longer than 8 hours.
  • Bring in tea when brewed to perfection &

*Note on water: I usually don’t have an over abundance of ice cubes. Unfortunately I don’t have an ice maker, just a couple silicone trays from Ikea. If you want to speed up the cooling process, fill up the jar only 2/3 full. Then, when the tea is done, fill up the remaining space with cold water. The idea of iced tea is that the tea is strong & then diluted by the melting ice. So it’s ok to forgo the melting process & just add cold water.

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Tea of the Day: June 19, 2012

So today I moved on down the herb list to Apple Mint! This morning I made some Apple Mint Tea.

Apple Mint Tea: Enjoying a Quiet Moment

Apple Mint Tea: Enjoying a Quiet Moment

I try to get up a little bit early now days so I can enjoy some quiet, alone time. I decided to work on my knitting for a moment, while enjoying my tea. 🙂

Apple Mint Tea

Apple Mint Tea

Apple Mint Tea

Ingredients

  • 7 sprigs crushed fresh apple mint
  • Honey
  • Cloth spice bag
Directions
  • Put mint in a spice bag. Place in cup.
  • Cover with boiling water.
  • Sweeten with honey to taste.

Tea of the Day: June 18, 2012

I got some new herbs from Sunflower Market. They were on sale but more importantly they had stuff I’ve never seen! Apple mint? I had to get some. I ended buying a pineapple mint, apple mint, a cilantro plant, silver thyme & a couple bunches of green onions. My sister gave me an AWESOME mothers day gift, a tea garden. It was so cute! It was a container with lavender, mint, pineapple mint & a tea ball. Such a perfect gift. Anyways I’ve never tried pineapple mint before that. The plants didn’t do very well so when I saw another plant I was exited. I made some sun tea (I’ll post that tomorrow) & I wanted to really get a taste of each plant’s flavor. So today I tried the pineapple mint which resulted in Pineapple Mint Tea.

Pineapple Mint Tea

Pineapple Mint Tea

Pineapple Mint Tea

Ingredients

  • 7 sprigs crushed fresh pineapple mint
  • Honey
  • Cloth spice bag
Directions
  • Put mint in a spice bag. Place in cup.
  • Cover with boiling water.
  • Sweeten with honey to taste.

*A note on using fresh herbs & loose teas: there are a couple options for steeping fresh herbs & loose tea. You can use a tea ball, a tea grabber (? If there’s a real name for this contraption please let me know, it has a mesh ball that is squeezed open with attached tong type things) or tea bags, also called spice bags. Personally I prefer the bags. The tea balls can be hard to clean & sometimes leave a funky metal taste if old or dirty. Plus the holes can leak smaller pieces & that’s not appealing to have black things floating in your cup.

Spice Bags

Spice Bags

These are the bags I like to get & they’re very cheap.

Tea of the Day: June 14, 2012

Today’s tea was an experiment to try something new. I call it Herb Garden Tea.

Herb Garden Tea Ingredients

Herb Garden Tea: Herbs

I chose the herbs while watering my spice garden this morning. The herbs I used are shown in the picture clockwise from the top – lemon verbena, thyme, Greek oregano, fresh sweet basil. I used honey, again to try something different because I usually use raw cane sugar with my herbal teas. It was very good. It tasted very green, not spicy. It almost reminded me of sweet clover, like the smell at the park right in the evening the day they’ve cut the grass. Actually most of my tea inspirations happen when I’m watering my spices. They smell different when they’re still growing on the plant & they’re being watered. It’s like the leaves open up & let off the true taste, completely & utterly different from anything you’ll ever taste dried in a jar at the store. That’s like comparing a dried rose you’ve found in you’re grandma’s attic to a fresh on growing in the yard, completely different!

I combined everything in my large travel mug & let for step for a good 5 minutes before tasting. I leave the tea ball in till i’m fine because you can’t over steep fresh herbs. It was good & yes, different!

Herb Garden Tea

Herb Garden Tea

Herb Garden Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 Green Tea teabag (by Celestial Seasonings)
  • 5 leaves fresh lemon verbena
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme (pinch off the tips)
  • 5 leaves fresh greek oregano
  • 1 sprig fresh sweet basil (bunch of ~ 5-7 leaves)
  • Amber wildflower honey
  • Cloth tea bag

Instructions

  1. Boil a kettle of water until whistling or to a rolling boil.
  2. Place ingredients in the receptacle of your choosing. (I combined the herbs in a tea ball. I crush the fresh leaves between my fingers to release their scent.)
  3. Add a bag of Celestial Seasonings Green + White Tea (the best tea for creating your own flavor, it provides a light tea base without overpowering the lighter flavors like black tea does)
  4. Pour boiling water over ingredients.
  5. Stir in honey, sweeten to taste
  6. Allow to steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove tea bag after no more than 10 minutes. The herbs stay in the tea as it is drank.
  7. Enjoy!

Tea of the Day: May 10th, 2012

Ok, so today’s tea isn’t a concoction of my own, so it’s really more of a review. This is one of my all time favorite teas and it’s a little hard to find. So when I do find it, it’s usually been a while since I’ve had some and I tend to get a little, how should I say this, excited. I bought 3 boxes of it Tuesday at Whole Foods so it was only fitting I drank some this morning!

Celestial Seasonings Perfectly Pear White Tea or as we call it here at home, Pupek’s Grandma’s Tea.

Pupek's Grandma's Tea

Pupek’s Grandma’s Tea

If you’ll notice, the front of the box has an asian looking kitty doing caligraphy.

Pupek's Grandma

Pupek’s Grandma

Our kitty, Pupek, is part Siamese and looks a lot like the kitty on the box so I told Devon I thought it looked like it could be Pupek’s grandma.

Pupek

Pupek

Anyways, back to the tea. It’s a fantastic, light, fruity tea that is absolutely delicious. It does taste like pear, but not to the point where it takes over the entire taste of the tea. The white tea comes through underneath the fruity taste. It’s wonderful hot or iced.

You can find it at SELECT locations. It is made by Celestial Seasonings, which is made locally here in Colorado. You can start by looking where they sell Celestial Seasonings but it helps to go to a place that carries a good selection. My favorite places that have it are Whole Foods or Sunflower Market. But like I said, not all locations carry it. If you’re having problems finding some, you can search on Celestial Seasonings site for locations that do have it. Or you can buy it online at Amazon (unfortunately Celestial Seasonings does NOT sell it through their online store). Hopefully you get a chance to pick some up and enjoy some soon!

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