Tag Archives: Tea Beverages

Cold-Brewing Coffee and Tea – The Curious Cook

A great article on cold-brewing tea and coffee from The Curious Cook, The New York Times. See it on Scoop.it – All About Tea

Cold-brewed teas and coffees tend to contain less caffeine and less acid than their hot counterparts. And, of course, they taste different… on www.nytimes.com.

V101: Recipes for Style – Sun Tea :: CeciStyle :: Ceci New York

See on Scoop.it – All About Tea

Recipes for Style: Sun Tea by LuWanna Johnson

Here’s how to make Sun Tea – even in NYC! Includes Sun Tea recipe and Simple Syrup recipe.

See on www.cecinewyork.com

Lemonade Tea aka The Arnold Palmer

Lemonade Tea

When suffering through the hot days of Summer, nothing is more refreshing to me than an icy glass of Lemonade Tea, also known as the Arnold Palmer. It’s easy to make and I’ve never known a tea drinker who turned down a glass.

Some serve this tea drink already mixed in a 50/50 proportion like the recipe below. Others bring separate pitchers of lemonade and tea to the table, then let their guests create their own mix according to preference. Either way, it’s a winning drink!

Lemonade Tea                                                           Makes 2 quarts.

4 cups prepared lemonade

4 cups prepared strong black tea

Lemon slices or wedges

Fresh mint leaves, optional

1. In a large pitcher, pour tea into lemonade and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. When serving, pour over ice and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.

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Making Chai Tea

As the weather in Southern California is finally starting to hint at autumn (a cool 78 degrees!), our thoughts around the office are turning gratefully to rainy days, good books and a good cup of hot tea! It’s funny what you miss when you don’t have it. In the middle of January, I’m sure we’ll be looking fondly toward Summer having forgotten the sweltering heat.

With those thoughts in mind, it occurs to me that now might be a good time to post a refresher on making that spicy good tea, Chai. Much has been written on this cold weather favorite, so let’s just share the brewing basics.

Brewing Chai:  Place 1 heaping teaspoon of tea for each cup into your teapot. Pour boiling water into teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes – yes, this is more tea and a longer steeping time for a good strong brew.  While the tea is brewing, put 1 teaspoon of sugar in each of your cups – this can be adjusted to taste, artifical sweetner also works fine. Adding sweetner helps open up the exotic flavor of this spicy blend. Add milk to your cups (about 20% of the cup’s volume). When the chai is ready, strain into cups and enjoy.

Personally, I use one packet of Splenda – yes, I know it might kill me. AND I do use cream instead of milk because I like the added body and that “slickery” feeling the cream offers.

If you like a full bodied tea with strong flavors, we highly recommend Chai tea. It’s a terrific brew for Autumn & holiday gatherings. We have an exceptional Vanilla Chai available in our store, should you like to indulge yourself. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Orange Clove Spice Tea

Orange Clove TeaServes 8

8 cups of water
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
1 stick of cinnamon, broken in pieces
9 level teaspoons of black tea
sugar to taste
1/2 cup orange juice
Juice of 2 small lemons
cheese cloth

1. Tie up cloves and cinnamon stick in cheese cloth. Add to water and bring to a boil. Pour onto the tea and allow to brew for 5 minutes.

2. Strain tea; stir in fruit juices and sugar to taste.

3. Place a thin orange slice in each cup before pouring tea.

Note: This tea can be made ahead of time and reheated over a low heat. Do not simmer or bring to a boil.

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