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Recipes to Ride the Earl Grey Trend

March 5, 2018

If you’ve looked at a restaurant menu lately, chances are you’ve seen earl grey somewhere on it. Supermarket News lists earl grey as one of the top 10 trends of 2018, and it’s easy to see why: this tea flavor is booming, appearing on 1 in 10 menus, and not just in the tea category, according to Mike Kosto, senior publications manager at food trends market research giant Datassential. Following the rise of matcha as an ingredient used far beyond the teacup, earl grey is being used to flavor non-beverage items, mostly desserts and cocktails. Check out these earl grey desert and cocktail recipes to get in on the trend:

DESSERTS

 Honey Earl Grey Fig Cake

This cake from The Little Epicurian tops an earl grey-flavored cake with honey cream cheese frosting and garnishes it with real figs, honey, and pistachios. The cake batter uses milk that’s been infused with earl grey tea and egg whites, resulting in a soft and delicate texture. The author feels that the cream cheese frosting “works well to enhance the orange notes of Earl Grey,” and we have a feeling you’ll agree.

Earl Grey And Mango Tiramisu

This recipe from Red Magazine offers three new flavors to this traditional Italian dessert: earl grey, mango, and pistachio. Sponge biscuit fingers are soaked in earl grey tea, then lovingly layered with cream and mangoes. Dust with pistachios for a crunchy finish!

Earl Grey Chocolate Pots de Crème with Honey Coconut Whip

This recipe from The Pig & Quill pairs earl grey with chocolate in an adorable medium: pots de crème. Light coconut milk is used as a healthy substitute to half and half. Begin by steeping earl grey tea in coconut milk, then add to a mixture of chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour into individual glasses and chill at least four hours—or, ideally, overnight—and then top with honeyed whip, chocolate chips, and crushed cookies.  Picture-perfect and oh-so-delicious!

Earl Grey Chocolate Bread Pudding

This recipe from Bite Me More elevates classic bread pudding with chocolate and earl grey tea. Add whipped cream for a silky finish and you’re off to the races.

COCKTAILS

Earl Grey Martini

This martini recipe from Olivia’s Cuisine combines strong earl grey tea with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg whites. Says the author, “The subtle botanicals in the gin pair nicely with the earl grey and lemon flavors, making this a very delicate and aromatic cocktail.”

Earl Grey Margarita

This margarita recipe from Hope & Glory features a bitter dose of earl grey to balance out the sweet and sour tastes of a classic margarita. Bottom’s up!

Earl Grey Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail

This cocktail recipe from Beginning With Bergamot is a simple combination of bourbon whiskey, earl grey tea, blackberry, and simple syrup. A rosemary and blackberry garnish finishes things off. The author promises the cocktail is “rich, warm, and fruity.” Sounds good to us!

Earl Grey Lemon Vodka John Daly Cocktail 

This cocktail recipe from Boulder Locavore is the perfect way to dress up vodka with flavor and fun. Start with earl grey iced tea, add lemonade and lemon vodka, and presto: it’s happy hour.

 

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Bake Me, I’m Irish: 5 Tea-Infused Treats for St. Patrick’s Day

February 26, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Saturday, March 17.  In addition to wearing green and waving the Irish flag, try baking one of these tea-infused Irish treats to get in the mood for this festive holiday. Tea is hugely important to Irish culture, with black Irish teas filling many a cuppa in the country. Take one of these recipes for a whirl and prepare to be delighted this St. Patrick’s Day:

1) Earl Grey and Currant Scones with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This recipe from Bake From Scratch uses loose-leaf earl grey tea in the scone batter for a winning dose of bitterness. Currents provide fruity texture in each scone, while a vanilla bean glaze tops each one for an extra serving of sweetness.

2) Irish Soda Bread with Tea-Infused Raisins

This recipe from Anson Mills adds a cool twist on classic Irish soda bread: black tea-infused raisins. For centuries, soda bread has been a staple for the Irish everyman. This recipe updates it slightly, with the authors describing it as “a fine, moist, rugged country bread.” They elaborate: “Deep nuttiness, faint fruit, and a satisfying array of toasted whole bran and chisel flavors emerge from handmade whole grain rustic graham flour, while pastry flour lightens the bread’s texture and flavors the crumb with a faux butteriness.” The tea-infused raisins add welcome flavor and texture. Eat plain, or top with butter for a delicious, traditional snack!

3) Double Chocolate Irish Tea-Infused Oat Muffins

This recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a great way to bring Ireland’s fame for oats into the dessert space. Begin by steeping 2 black tea bags in coconut milk. Combine the tea-infused coconut milk with wet ingredients eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and oil. Then mix with dry ingredients: steel cut oats, oat flour, rye flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chopped dark chocolate, and then bake. Drizzle with honey and serve with butter for two yummy finishing touches.

4) Gur Cake

Gur cake is a traditional Irish dessert associated with Dublin. It’s a treat that features a thick layer of filling in between two thin layers of pastry crust. Stale bread is soaked in tea to make the pastry. The cake gets  its name from the term gurrier, used to describe poor children to whom a bakery’s leftovers would be given. These gurriers would transform stale bread into a sweet treat: gur cake. This recipe from Wholesome Ireland offers one classic gur cake recipe. Perfect for frugal bakers!

5) Tea Shortbread Coins        

Shortbread is as classic as it gets when it comes to Irish desserts. Here, Thirsty For Tea blogger Bonnie Eng offers three different shortbread recipes, each made with a different type of tea: Earl Grey, Matcha, or Irish Breakfast. For the Irish Breakfast tea variation, Eng blends Irish tea with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and nutmeg for a Masala Chai Shortbread. On the variations, Eng says, “While Earl Grey Shortbread is fragrant and full of vanilla goodness, the matcha version is bittersweet and earthy. Masala Chai Shortbread is a yummy choice when you’re craving a touch of warm spice. And of course, you can’t go wrong with dipping or drizzling any of these with chocolate! Rich and buttery, these shortbread cookies make a great hostess gift for your St. Patrick’s Day party host, or a great way to celebrate Ireland all on your own.

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7 Tea-Spiked Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2018

Roses, hearts, and chocolate are the three pillars of Valentine’s Day planning. This year, bake your valentine a unique kind of chocolate dessert—a tea-infused chocolate dessert. In brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and tarts, tea and chocolate are a perfect pair, just like you and your valentine. Sweeten your night this February 14th with one of these recipes:

1) Earl Grey Chocolate Pots de Crème

These pots de crème from Gourmande are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and downright delicious. Described as “super silky” and “dark and complex,” the author promises that “each spoonful is plush and velvety like the center of a good chocolate truffle.” Prep time is 20 minutes, and cook time is 25 minutes, making these treats an easy-to-make choice for your Valentine’s Day dessert.

2) Vegan Strawberry Matcha Brownie Tarts with Coconut Whipped Cream

These tarts from The Baking Spoon are adorable, and incorporate two Valentine’s Day must-haves: strawberries and whipped cream. A brownie shell is filled with matcha cream filling and topped with coconut whipped cream and a strawberry garnish for a bite-sized, picture-perfect dessert that will delight and impress your date. As a bonus, the recipe is vegan, and uses healthy substitutes like carob powder, maple syrup, and cashews for unnatural sweeteners.

3) Double Chocolate Irish Tea Infused Oat Muffins

Present your valentine with a basket of these muffins from Half Baked Harvest to score major points this year. The recipe calls for 2 black tea bags, maple syrup, steel cut oats, and dark chocolate, among other ingredients. Prep and cook time combined equals about 30 minutes, and yields 18 muffins. Since they’re muffins, you can also eat these chocolate desserts for breakfast!

4) Chocolate Dipped Tea Infused Shortbread Cookies

These cookies from Dish It Girl require just a few ingredients to pack a sweet punch. The author used Puerh Indulgence Good Earth Tea to spice up shortbread, grinding the tea leaves into a fine powder in the food processor before combining them with the cookie batter. Dipped in fudgy chocolate, these tea-infused shortbread cookies are great with a hot cuppa and a serving of fruit.

5) Green Tea Filled Oreo Cookies

These cookies from The Chocolate Bottle have a cakey texture, thanks to the use of Devil’s Food Cake mix. Green tea, cream cheese, and sugar combine forces to make a sweet, tea-infused filling. Dip each cookie sandwich in chocolate for an extra dose of chocolate!

6) Chocolate Cake with Tea-Infused Berry Frosting

This beautiful cake recipe from Beginning with Bergamot is perfect if you and your better half have big appetites. Treat yourselves to a generous slice (or two) on Valentine’s Day, and then share it the rest of the week to make Valentine’s Day last a little longer this year. This recipe’s tea-infused berry frosting makes this chocolate cake standout, and the strawberries and raspberries that top it make for a picture-worthy dessert hour.

7) Earl Grey Chocolate Tart

This tart recipe from Pemberley Cup and Cakes uses two tea bags’ worth of Earl Grey tea to spice up the chocolate ganache filling. Paired with a sweet tart crust, this dessert will satisfy any sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day.

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7 Hot Tea Recipes For Fall

December 12, 2017

Fall has arrived. As we trade in sandals and swimsuits for sweaters and boots, it’s also time to trade in iced tea for hot tea. Because what’s better on a chilly fall day than a hot cuppa? Nothing, that’s what. While you may miss summer and its plethora of sweet and satisfying iced teas, take comfort in that fact that now you can sip on warm, flavorful hot teas while snuggling under blankets by the fire. Welcome fall with these hot tea recipes that are sure to warm you up and go down easy:

1) Autumn Spiced Apple Tea 

This recipe from Mostly Homemade Mom screams fall—autumn is in the title, after all. Like drinking a slice of apple pie, this tea combines tea with cloves, cinnamon sticks, apple juice, and real apple slices for a fruity, spicy, delectable dose of fall drinking.

2) Hot Spiced Green Tea Recipe

This recipe from Taste of Home spices up a green tea base with cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom, lemon, and honey. Hot, spicy, and the perfect way to complement a chilly day!

3) Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

This vegan recipe from Namely Marley brings together two of the best beverages on the block: tea and hot chocolate. This recipe usesa Coconut Cocoa Tea Bag from Republic of Tea and soymilk, but you can improvise with your own preferences. Enjoy as a sweet snack or dessert to wind down your busy day.

4) Slow Cooker Chai Tea

You probably use your slow cooker for hearty dinners, but you can also use it to make a delicious cuppa. This recipe from Taste of Home uses a slow cooker to make chai tea. Start by slow-cooking a mixture of gingerroot, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, and whole peppercorns on low for 8 hours. Then add black tea bags, steep for 3 to 5 minutes, and serve warm. You’ll enjoy the sweet and spicy fragrances that waft through the air as much as the sweet and spicy tastes that will go down your throat.

5) Genmaicha

For a substantial take on tea that borders on soup, try a cup of genmaicha, aka rice tea. This Japanese specialty combines brown rice and green tea for a more filling cuppa. Some refer to it as popcorn tea since the rice is toasted/popped. Try this recipe from Tasty Kitchen and prepare for things to get poppin’.

6) Spiced Apricot Tea

Apricot nectar gives this recipe from Taste of Home its fruity flavor. Combined with cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar, lemon juice, and tea, each sip of this beverage is packed with hot, satisfying flavor. Enjoy with a muffin or slice of bread for the ultimate snack break. 

7) Russian Tea

This recipe from Wives With Knives became popular in the US in the 1960s, thanks to its use of then-all-the-rage Tang. The sweet, hot drink mixes tea, Tang, sugar, lemonade, cinnamon, and ground cloves.

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7 Tea-Spiked Soup Recipes For Fall

December 12, 2017

As temperatures drop, you’re likely starting to crave soup. If you’re a tea lover, you can have your soup and drink it too with tea-infused soup recipes. Soup is the perfect medium to introduce the flavors of black, green, and other teas, adding a new and exciting element to your fall meal. When it’s cold outside, warm up with one of these tea-spiked soup recipes:

1) Ochazuke

Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese soup also known as “Japanese Steeped Rice.” Any version of this classic dish includes green tea poured over rice in a hot water broth.  This recipe from Bon Appetit builds on those basics with the addition of ginger, furikake, nori, spinach, mushrooms, and a poached egg for a heartier take on the Japanese staple.

2) Black Tea Miso Rice Soup with Miso Pork

This recipe from bacon+egg+cheesecake draws inspiration from ochazuke, but pours black tea miso soup over black tea-infused rice. Other ingredients include napa cabbage, mushrooms, and miso-marinated pork. Top with chopped scallions for a textural finish.

3) Miso Green Tea and Ginger Zucchini Noodle Soup with Tofu

This recipe from She Knows uses a green tea broth to set the stage for a confluence of Asian flavors. Miso, soy sauce, and sesame oil join tofu, zucchini noodles, and ginger for a bowl of soup that She Knows claims to be “comforting, light, satisfying, and extremely flavorful.” The use of zucchini noodles—as opposed to “regular” noodles—also cuts down on calories, making this a good option for soup-craving consumers watching their kcals. 

4) Thai-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup with Mint Green Tea

Chicken noodle soup gets the Thai treatment in this recipe from Delish. The broth is made from a combination of chicken broth and Green Tea with Mint tea bags from Lipton (but you can improvise with your favorite brand or loose leaf) in addition to shallots, ginger, and lemongrass. Added flavor courtesy of soy sauce, fish sauce, and lime juice. Use green tea soba noodles for an extra dose of green tea flavor.

5) Green Tea and Chickpea Soup With Garlic Tortilla Triangles

This hearty soup recipe from Top With Cinnamon will warm and fill you up this fall. The base is made with green tea and vegetable or chicken stock, and it’s filled with carrots, celery, kale, chickpeas, and spaghetti. Wholemeal tortilla chips provide extra texture to finish things off.

6) Beef & Noodles in Smoked Tea Infused Broth

This recipe from McCormick calls for Lapsang-Souchon tea bags (a Chinese black tea) and beef stock to make the base. You’ll get your protein from the recipe’s boneless beef sirloin steak strips and vegetable servings from snow peas and green onions. Additional flavor from minced garlic, anise seed, crushed red pepper, and sea salt makes this Asian-inspired recipe a standout.

7) Butternut Squash Soup with Keemun Black Tea

This recipe from The Cup of Life brings black tea to a classic fall soup: butternut squash. Specifically, this recipe uses Keemun, a black tea from China, in its broth base. Blogger Lu Ann Pannunzio describes the tea’s flavor as “strong and rich” with “toasty notes” and “some slight smokiness.” Joining tea and butternut squash are potatoes, carrots, thympe, sage, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds.

 

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7 Pumpkin and Tea Recipes for Fall

December 12, 2017

7 Pumpkin and Tea Recipes for Fall

It’s that time of year again: the time when pumpkin spiced everything seems to be for sale. For a twist on the yearly trend, add tea to your pumpkin-flavored muffins, beverages, and pies. Consider these 7 recipes that use tea to specialize pumpkin-spiced dishes this fall:

1) Pumpkin Rooibos Muffins

This recipe from Thirsty For Tea pairs rooibos tea leaves with pumpkin. Blooger Bonnie Eng says the two ingredients make for excellent partners, writing, “Both ingredients evoke the warm, earthy flavors of fall.” Eng first toasts the rooibos leaves before adding them to the batter, which she says “helps it to release more of its lightly malty flavor.” She then steeps it in hot water to further release its properties. Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, and cinnamon provide other auspicious flavors.

2) Gluten Free Pumpkin Matcha Muffins

This muffin recipe from Amoda Tea introduces matcha to the pumpkin craze. Theses muffins are gluten-free and get their sweetness from coconut syrup. Oats provide a speckled look and textured topping. For an extra does of matcha, spread the site’s matcha butter recipe on each muffin half.

3) Pumpkin Tea Latte

This latte recipe from The Cup of Life uses a real pumpkin to bring you a fresh, natural pumpkin latte that uses black tea instead of coffee. Spices include cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and optional chocolate shavings and whipped cream can take this beverage into dessert territory.

4) Iced Pumpkin Green Tea Cocktail

When you need something a little stronger this fall, try this recipe for a green tea-infused pumpkin cocktail from We Are Not Martha. Even though it’s iced, it contains vodka, which is known to warm you up. Other ingredients include pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and Pure Via, a liquid sweetener. Garnish with cinnamon sticks for extra flair.

5) Green Tea Pumpkin Shake

You may already start your day with green tea, but try doing so with a green tea that’s part of a pumpkin morning smoothie. This breakfast shake recipe from Food Recipes HQ is easy to make and delicious to taste. Combine prepared green tea, pumpkin puree, a frozen banana, and Coconom (a coconut sugar alternative) in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass, top with cinnamon, and start your day off right! 

6) Pumpkin Chai Scones with Black Tea Glaze

This recipe from A Cozy Kitchen gets creative by pairing pumpkin scones with a black tea glaze made from black tea, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.  The blogger claims, “The black tea glaze is so good and so simple to make. It ties the chai vibes [of the scone] into a beautiful ribbon that you’ll want to eat.” Looking at the picture, we believe her.

7) Pumpkin Chai Snickerdoodles

This cookie recipe from My Darling Vegan is—you guessed it—vegan. Says baker Sarah McMinn, “These cookies are everything you love about snickdoodles – the crunchy outside giving way to a soft chewy inside, the slight tang of cream of tartar lingering a little bit after your last bite. But mixed with pumpkin, black tea, and all your favorite Autumal spices, these cookies are a little taste of nirvana.” For your own taste, try this recipe out!

 

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8 Matcha-Infused Halloween Recipes

December 12, 2017

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it, Halloween parties! Whether you need to bring a treat to your kid’s class party or to your grown-up soiree, we’ve sourced some delectably creepy tea-infused recipes that will get the job done. Whip up any of these desserts, and party goers will be sure to find you downright bewitching:

1) Tea-Licious Frankenstein Halloween Cookies

These cookies from Brit + Co rely on matcha to make Frankenstein both green and tasty. This monster never looks so good!

2) Frog Eggs & Eyeballs (Coconut Green Tea Chia Pudding)

This recipe from Kitchn is an eyeful—er, we mean mouthful. Blueberries, pimiento-stuffed olives, and longan fruit are used to make faux eyeballs, which find a home in gooey coconut green tea chia pudding. To make the pudding, you’ll combine sugar, water, lime, salt, matcha powder, coconut milk, and chia seeds. Chill for at least 4 hours—or, ideally, overnight—then serve to brave guests!

3) Zombie Finger Cookies

This recipe from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen promises finger-licking fun. These cookies get their flavor and color from pistachios and matcha, with extra notes and pigment from strawberry or raspberry jam for the fingernails. Bake these creepy cookies and you’ll have party goers wrapped around your finger.

4) Matcha Cheesecake Slime Monsters

This recipe from Aiya delivers rich, creamy pops of flavor just in time for Halloween. Cream cheese, sour cream, and matcha come together with white chocolate and frosting to make a memorable treat that’s a perfect addition to any Halloween spread.

5) Halloween Matcha Cake

This recipe from Bulk Powders is a health-conscious, protein-boosting way to enjoy cake. The batter contains gluten-free quick cook oats, coconut flower, egg whites, walnuts, and matcha. The icing is made from non-fat Greek yogurt, vanilla whey protein, and chocolate syrup. A cobweb-topped cake never looked so wonderfully nutritious!

6) Halloween Matcha Mud Cups

This recipe from Aiya will bring spooky and cute together for a deliciously auspicious Halloween treat. Quick and easy to make, these mud cups turn to cream cheese, heavy cream, sugar, matcha, Oreo cookies, Milano cookies, gummy worms, and black icing for both flavor and artistry. Whip these up to impress and enjoy!

7) Halloween Raw Chocolate Matcha Cupcakes

 This recipe from Sweet Potato Soul is a winning combination of easy and healthy. There’s no flour, refined sugar, or processed fats, so these cupcakes are the guilt-free way to indulge this Halloween. But sweet tooths will still be satisfied, thanks to agave, coconut nectar, and dates. Coconut cream matcha icing makes for the perfect topping, and googly eyes polish things off. Author Jenne Claiborne says these no-bake cupcakes taste like a matcha Oreo cookie. But don’t take her word for it. Whip these up and see for yourself!

8) Matcha Halloween Zombie Cake Pops Recipe

This recipe from Russtea’s will prove that good things come in small packages. These cake pops have a white chocolate chip vanilla cake base, and matcha white chocolate coating. Decorate with devilish charm, and you’re all set for fun-sized pops of flavor.

 

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Tea Cocktails for Your Halloween Bash

December 12, 2017

Throwing a bash this Halloween? You’ll need tasty beverages on hand for your ghoulish gathering, and that’s where we come in. We’ve gathered some scarily delicious tea-infused cocktails that will make your holiday soiree a total scream. This Halloween, tea will be a party treat:

1) Haunted Lantern Martini

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Earl Green tea from Silk Road

This martini recipe from Silk Road puts a devilish spin on earl green tea. Start by infusing the company’s Earl Green tea in gin. (Or simply blend your favorite earl grey and green teas together.) Mix the Earl Green infused gin with mandarin juice in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake. Pour into martini glasses, garnishing with orange slices.

 

2) The Goblin’s Lunch

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This cocktail recipe from Numi Tea brings together the star power of Earl Grey tea and vodka. Start by brewing a pot of earl grey tea. Let it cool. Combine the tea with physalis (or mango), sparkling water, and vodka in a blender. Blend until smooth, then serve chilled.

3) The Gin Goblin

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This cocktail from Sugar And Charm combines green tea, cucumber, and gin for a cocktail that will have others green with envy. Additional flavor comes from mint, lemon juice, honey, kiwi, and salt. Not too sweet, it’s a great choice for guests craving relief from the magnetic candy bowl.

4) The Vampire’s Dinner

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Blood red, this cocktail is the perfect signature drink for a Halloween fête. The cocktail gets its color from rooibos tea, and its R-rating from rum. Start by brewing a pot of rooibos tea. Once cooled, combine with squeezed oranges, sparkling water, and rum.

5) The Peddler’s Moon

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This recipe from Martha Stewart creatively incorporates oolong tea syrup, made by simmering one part oolong tea and one part sugar in a saucepan. Combine the syrup with bourbon and lemon juice in a shaker, then strain into glasses. Top with ginger beer for or garnish with lemon zest as desired.

6) Spiked Cider Tea

This cocktail recipe from Real Simple employs a black tea bag, gin, and vanilla extract to upgrade apple cider. Easy to make and refreshing to taste, this drink’s a delicious way to enjoy any Halloween party.

7) Wicked Black Forest Punch

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A hibiscus simple syrup gives this Halloween punch a deliciously sweet and unique flavor. Make the tea syrup by simmering equal parts brewed hibiscus tea and agave syrup together in a pot. Once cooled, it’s ready to join a very busy witch’s cauldron…Combine the syrup with Jagermeister, pineapple juice, cherry brandy, lemon juice, passionfruit juice, orange juice, velvet falernum liqueur, and Angosturra bitters. Refrigerate this concoction overnight. When it’s party time, top the mixture with ginger beer and garnish with lemon wedges, orange slices, or hibiscus flowers.

8) From Hell

This cocktail recipe from What Do You Crave is downright devilish, and chief among its ingredients is a strongly-brewed dose of earl grey tea. Other ingredients include: gin, an egg white, lemon, and a rose and lemon simple syrup. Combine in a shaker, and strain over ice, garnishing with rose petals.

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Drink responsibly!

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Apple Cider Teas for Thanksgiving

December 12, 2017

If you want to be historically accurate this Thanksgiving, serve cider. If you want your spread to be historically accurate and unique, serve tea-infused apple cider.

The Golden Age of Cider 

The first Thanksgiving, held in 1621, happened during a time when cider enjoyed great popularity, an era spanning the 16th and 17th centuries that beverage historians call The Golden Age of Cider. Recall that during this time, safe drinking water was not readily available, so cider joined beer and other spirits as common everyday drinks. And as Great Britain expanded its global trade industry in the 15 and 1600s, cider emerged as an ideal export since it didn’t spoil over long journeys. According to the Daily Beast, the Pilgrims definitely brought beer over to America on the Mayflower, and probably brought cider, too.

Historian Elizabeth Pearce told WGNO, “What the pilgrims drank was fermented apple juice, or what we call hard cider. And that’s because it was something they were used to drinking back in England. Cider was very, very popular in Europe and they were lucky – several varieties of apples are native to America.”

New England’s native apple species included: garland, sweet crab, prairie crab, and southern crab.

Cider’s Modern Surge in Popularity

Cider continued to be popular in America throughout the 18th century. The Daily Beast even reports that in 1767, the average colonist drank 35 gallons of cider a year, and one in 10 New England farmers worked a cider mill.

But cider’s popularity declined as the nation changed.

Serious Eats explains that the large influx of early 20th century German and Eastern European immigrants didn’t have the same appetite for cider as Western Europeans, and beer production enjoyed improvements in quality thanks to refrigeration technology, boosting its status over cider. But the biggest impediment to the cider industry was Prohibition. Even after Prohibition ended, Americans didn’t significantly revive their taste for cider.

Until now.

Cider production has been on a meteoric rise as of late. Apples are cheap to import, making orchard maintenance optional for cider producers. Millennials are flocking to cider as a “new” culinary experience, and cider producers are making the product even more attractive to their adventurous palates with unique flavor infusions. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an on-trend choice for today’s gluten-phobic consumers.

NPR reports that cider sales rose 65% from 2011 to 2012.

Per the Cider Journal, the industry has continued to grow, but has not maintained that 2012 boom in growth:

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One of the ways that cider is staying on-trend is with flavor innovations. Which brings us to tea:

Sweet apple cider pairs perfectly with bitter tea, evening out the drink’s flavor profile. A tea infusion drives interest and can offer an alcohol-free spin on cider, perfect for G-rated family functions.

Apple Cider Tea Recommendations for Your Thanksgiving Table

This year, bring history and culinary trends to the Thanksgiving table with these tea-infused apple ciders.

MAKE IT:

1) Earl Grey Apple Cider Cocktail

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This recipe from Healthy Delicious blends earl grey tea and hard apple cider for a tea twist on the alcoholic treat. Lemon and vanilla provide extra flavor, and lemon twists provide a fun finish.

2) Smoked Apple Cider

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This recipe from Fresh Cup Magazine is simple to make and delicious to taste—the ultimate combo. Black tea and apple cider are the stars of the show, sharing the stage with cinnamon sticks and cloves.

3) Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy

This recipe from The Minimalist Baker uses apple juice and rooibos tea as its base, adding lemon, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper for extra flavor. Optional add-ons include a coconut sugar or maple syrup sweetener, cayenne, or bourbon.

BUY IT: 

1) Ruby Spice Cider Tea Blend from Teavana

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This tea blends Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos tea and Mulled Pomegranate Herbal tea for a deliciously sweet concoction. 

2) Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

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This caffeine-free option gets its sweetness from maple and caramel flavors and fruity goodness from a mix of hibiscus and rooibos tea. Cinnamon and apple flavors complete the profile.

3) Apple Cider Herbal Tea from Bigelow

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Go classic with this apple cider tea from Bigelow. Apple, hibiscus, and cinnamon headline, with featured performances by orange peel, rose hip, licorice root, and clove.

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Tea-Infused Thanksgiving Recipes

December 12, 2017

This Thanksgiving, gather round a tea-infused table. Baking and cooking with tea this holiday will give classic Thanksgiving dishes extra flavor and interest. From main dishes to dessert, tea can be used as an ingredient to spice things up:

THE MAIN EVENT

It’s not a law per se, but just about everybody agrees that you must eat turkey on Thanksgiving.  If you’re looking to try something a little different this year, add tea to your brine with one of these tea-spiked turkey recipes:

1) Roasted Tea-Brined Turkey Breast

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This recipe from Thirsty For Tea uses Lapsang Souchong tea, known for a flavor the author describes as “smokey, savory, [and] fiery.” Here, the tea is used in a low-salt turkey brine application, and is “savory enough to add a wonderfully deep layer of meaty flavor to the brined meat that will leave you so happy to have eased up on the sodium.” Use any leftovers in Thirsty For Tea’s recipe for Tea-Brined Turkey and Roquefort Baguettes.

2) Orange-Tea-Bourbon Brined Turkey With Honey Mustard Butter

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This recipe from The Food Network calls for black tea bags, orange juice, and bourbon for its brine. The turkey is also slathered in a butter made with Dijon mustard, spicy mustard, and honey, the leftovers of which are combined with gravy to top the turkey. Talk about flavorful!

3) Grilled Tea-Brined Turkey with Tea and Lemon Gravy  

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This recipe from Epicurious calls for a turkey to be brined for 36-48 hours in a mixture of earl grey tea, lemon, rosemary sprigs, salt, and sugar. The gravy also calls for earl grey tea, which joins chicken broth, celery, carrots, onion, rosemary, lemon, butter, flour, and whipping cream.

SIDES

Classic sides like cranberry sauce and stuffing are traditional, but that doesn’t mean you always have to prepare them the same way.  Remix your favorite recipe by adding your preferred loose leaf tea, or try one of these recipes:

1) Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce

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This sweet and spicy recipe from My Recipes calls Earl Grey its secret ingredient. Early grey tea joins cranberries, sugar, cardamom, whole star anise, and cinnamon sticks in this twist on a classic side dish. The author cautions cooks not to over-steep, which could turn the product bitter.

2) Green Tea-Infused Vegetable Stuffing

This recipe from The Washington Post calls for green mint tea and a symphony of vegetables that includes spinach, yellow onions, fennel, mushrooms and artichokes. Feel free to add more for extra nutrition!

3) Tea-Infused Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

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Instead of classic mashed potatoes, try serving a healthier sweet potato-based dish, like this tea-infused sweet potato soup. The sweet potato and black tea share the spotlight with apple, onion, paprika, cinnamon, salt, and lime.  Bonus: it’s vegan!

SWEET FINISH

Turn to these tea-infused desserts to satisfy sweet tooths as Thanksgiving gatherings come to an end:

1) Roasted Pumpkin Pie with Earl Grey Whipped Cream

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This pumpkin pie recipe from Humble Dish has two twists: roasted pumpkin puree filling and tea-infused whipped cream dollops. The author promises that a roasted filling is not a lot of extra work: “You can roast the pumpkin whole, no cutting required at all. Then you scoop out the seeds, remove the skin, and blitz the pumpkin flesh in the blender.” And for the tea-infused whipped cream, simply steep loose earl grey tea and whipped cream in a container for 24 hours ahead of time, then strain through a mesh sieve when it’s time to plate dessert.

2) Pumpkin Earl Grey Tea Cakes

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This recipe from Food52 is vegan and gluten-free, so it’s a great choice for a large Thanksgiving soiree sure to be attended by guests with dietary restrictions. Almond and oat flours combine with ground flaxseed and pumpkin puree, with extra help from loose earl grey tea, almond milk, sugar, and orange zest. Light and flavor-forward, this cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

3) Matcha Shortbread Shots with Pumpkin Milk

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Milk and cookies is an American classic, which makes it a great choice for Thanksgiving dessert. Matcha cookies with pumpkin milk? This recipe is the perfect twist for any on-trend baker. These cookies come in the unique form of a shooter that’s coated with chocolate, then filled with pumpkin milk that’s made from almond milk, pumpkin ice cream, and pumpkin puree. Adorable to behold, these sweet treats make for a delectable dessert and a fun visual.