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Make These Tea-Infused Butters, Frostings, and Spreads

April 13, 2017

Today’s average diner boasts a sophisticated palate.  Butter’s not simply butter anymore, cream cheese doesn’t have to be white, and cupcakes are demanding more than simple chocolate frosting to top things off. Monochromatic foods are long gone, and flavor’s been ramped up to eleven. To meet the thirst for tasty innovation, spreads have evolved into bold flavors, with tea coming out to play.  Tea-infused spreads are dressing up morning breakfast items or afternoon snacks in playful, delicious ways.  Here’s a few recipes for tea-infused spreads to diversify your plate:

1) Chai and Honey Butter

Chai and Honey Butter

This butter recipe from The Kitchn relies on the strength of power couple tea and honey for a spread that elevates snack time. The recipe uses both brewed black tea and black tea leaves, which dots the spread for a speckled look. Chai spices cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and pepper work with the tea and honey to create a butter that packs a kick.

2) Earl Grey Buttercream Frosting

Earl Grey Buttercream Frosting

Top With Cinnamon pairs this earl grey frosting with lemony zucchini cake, but we think it would go well on top of just about any dessert. Butter combines with loose earl grey tea, egg whites, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt to create a rich and creamy spread for cupcakes, muffins, cookies, or brownies.

3) Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Go green with this matcha frosting from A Cozy Kitchen. This recipe finishes chocolate cupcakes with green tea frosting, but this spread can be used on all sorts of sweets, from rice krispy treats to Christmas cookies. Simply mix butter, powdered sugar, buttermilk, and matcha powder to make the frosting you’ll never know how you did without.

4) Black Tea Icing

Black Tea Icing

This black tea icing from Delish is drizzled on top of black tea-infused cardamom cookies, but we think it would be a great candidate to ice cakes, muffins, or, let’s be honest, to eat right off a spoon. With just three ingredients—whole milk, English Breakfast tea, and powdered sugar—it’s very easy to make. Simply steep tea in the milk and then whisk into the sugar for an icing that’s sure to dazzle taste buds.

5) Blueberry Earl Grey Jam

Blueberry Earl Grey Jam

This tea-infused jam from Fool Proof Preserving is the perfect way to eat tea for breakfast. Spread this jam on an English muffin, on top of toast, or even remix a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with it. The recipe authors write, “We found through testing that the best way to infuse tea flavor into the jam was to steep five Earl Grey tea bags with the blueberries for the entire time the blueberries cooked.” The end result? “We were left with a blueberry jam imbued with the subtle flavor of Earl Grey tea.”  Yum!

6) Matcha Cream Cheese

Matcha Cream Cheese

This recipe from The Healthy Matcha Cookbook (via blog Desserts With Benefits) is the tea-based addition your morning bagel’s been searching for. Alternatively, use the cream cheese as the filling for homemade sandwich cookies or on toast. Stir together 8 ounces of cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrump, then add in 2-3 teaspoons of matcha, adjusting based on how strong you’d like your spread. And voila! Three ingredients and a little elbow grease later, you’ve got a new green cream cheese in your culinary arsenal.

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Make Your Own Doughnuts With Tea

April 12, 2017

Doughnuts. They’re the world’s most perfect dessert disguised as a breakfast dish. If you want to try your hand at baking doughnuts, consider these recipes that add a jolt of tea to the recipe:

1) Vanilla Chai Doughnuts

Vanilla Chai Doughnuts

This recipe from King Arthur Flour packs chai into the doughnut batter and into a sweet chai glaze. The doughnuts get their flavor from chai spice, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, and coriander. Wet ingredients brewed chai tea, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and an egg combine with dry ingredients flour, sugar, baking powder, and the spices for an auspicious batter. Pour into a doughnut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with an icing made from sugar and brewed chai tea for the ultimate finish.

2) Oolong Donuts with a Milk Tea Glaze

Oolong Donuts with a Milk Tea Glaze

This recipe from Adventures in Cooking uses oolong tea to flavor the doughnuts and a milk tea boba-inspired glaze. Start by brewing oolong tea in milk, and then pureeing it. This will go into the doughnut batter. The doughnut gets a sweet finish with a glaze made from black tea, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. The blogger behind this recipe, Eva, said this of the glaze:

“…The result was one of my new favorite glazes, deeply flavorful with the warm spiced flavor that only a tasty black tea can provide. And when combined with the oolong donuts, it made for an absolutely incredible dessert.”

3) Matcha Doughnuts

Matcha Doughnuts

This recipe from Bon Appetit gives you three matcha doughnut options: sugar, powdered, or glazed. To make sweet, sugar doughnuts, toss still-warm, fried doughnuts in a mix of granulated sugar and matcha. To make powdered doughnuts, toss the doughnuts in a mix of powdered sugar and matcha. And for a glazed treat, dip doughnuts in a mix of powdered sugar, matcha, egg white, salt, and water.

4) Sugar-Free Paleo Maple Tea Donuts

Sugar-Free Paleo Maple Tea Donuts

If you’re craving a doughnut but have many dietary restrictions, this recipe from Sugar Free Mom is the safe, guilt-free recipe you’ve been searching for.  It’s sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and uses Lipton Cold Brew tea bags in the batter. The doughnut batter uses coconut flour, sesame flour, sunflower oil, cinnamon, and maple extract, among other ingredients. An optional glaze combines coconut milk and cinnamon with a liquid sugar-free sweetener.

5) Baked Green Tea Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache

Baked Green Tea Doughnuts with Chocolate Ganache

This recipe from Wild Wild Whisk combines bitter matcha with sweet chocolate for a delectable dessert. The doughnut batter requires matcha powder, buttermilk, and whole wheat flour, among other ingredients. The ganacha has only three ingredients: heavy whipping cream, semisweet chocolate chips, and unsalted butter. The result is a beautiful green doughnut topped with sweet brown icing that will look even better inside your stomach.

6) Blueberry-Glazed Earl Grey Doughnuts

Blueberry-Glazed Earl Grey Doughnuts

These gorgeous doughnuts hail from Oh, Lady Cakes. The doughnut batter includes earl grey tea, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut oil, unbleached flour, and vanilla extract, among other ingredients. The blueberry glaze results from the marriage of powdered cane sugar and blueberry juice. Top with coconut flakes, sprinkles or a vanilla glaze for extra texture and flavor.

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Tea Candies to Make This Easter

April 1, 2017

Easter is coming. And with it, lots of candy. This Easter, bypass the candy aisle at the grocery store and challenge yourself to make your own candy–with tea.  For tea lovers with a sweet tooth, these tea candy recipes are practically perfect in every way:

1) Matcha Rock Candy

Matcha Rock Candy

To make this matcha candy, start by adding sugar to boiling water, then whisk in matcha. Pour this solution into a jar and cover with tin foil. Poke skewers through the tin foil down into the solution. Now comes the hard part: wait 7-10 days. Once a week’s come and gone, remove the skewers and turn them upside down to dry out overnight. Once the sun’s up, your beautiful, green, crystalized candy is ready to be licked.

2) Honey Tea Lollipops

Honey Tea Lollipops

This recipe from Chef Gale Gand and the Food Network calls for 8 tablespoons of brewed tea. Place lemon rinds and mint leaves in lollipop molds, then pour in a mixture of sugar, honey, glucose, and your choice of tea. Cool for 20 minutes and then remove for a special lollipop that delivers a winning bittersweet taste.

3) Earl Grey Lollipops

Earl Grey Lollipops

If Earl Grey is your jam, try these lollipops from The Food Poet. Start by boiling brewed earl grey tea with sugar and corn syrup. Pour the mixture into lollipop molds. Wait approximately 15 minutes for the liquid to cool, then remove and enjoy.

4) Salted Chai Caramels

Salted Chai Caramels

This recipe from POPSUGAR calls for 3 tablespoons of loose-leaf chai tea. Begin by simmering the chai, heavy cream, and whole milk in a saucepan. Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth into a pot. There, add white sugar, dark brown sugar, salt, butter, corn syrup, and water. Whisk on medium-low heat until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Keep cooking for about 40 minutes until the temperature reaches 246 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour into a greased pan, cool, and then sprinkle with fleur de sel. Refrigerate, slice, and serve!

5) Thai Tea Fudge

Thai Tea Fudge

This recipe from Thai cooking blog She Simmers calls for Thai tea, a cold drink commonly made in Thailand that often infuses strongly-brewed black tea with spices such as cardamom, tamarind, and star anise before sweetening it with sugar and condensed milk. This recipe uses Thai tea to add flavor and interest to white fudge. Start by melting whit chocolate and condensed milk, and then whisk in Thai tea and baking soda. Pour this mixture into a greased bowl for your first tea layer. Then prepare the second white chocolate layer: melt white chocolate and condensed milk, then whisk in baking soda, and pour on top of the tea layer. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, then cut and devour!

6) Brown Sugar Jasmine Tea Caramels

Brown Sugar Jasmine Tea Caramels

This recipe from The Kitchen Paper promises “a strong, but not overpowering, jasmine undertone to the caramel.” If you have 2 tablespoons of jasmine tea and 25 minutes to spare, then this is the recipe for you. Steep the jasmine tea in heated half and half for a few minutes. Drain the tea leaves and set aside. In another pan, whisk butter and brown sugar over heat, adding in corn syrup, salt, and the jasmine half and half you set aside. Simmer and cook until the mixture reaches 244 degrees Fahrenheit. Then remove from heat, add vanilla extract, and pour into a pan. Allow the caramel to cool, and then cut up into bite-sized pieces to enjoy.

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Drink Me, I’m Irish: Irish Tea Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day

March 9, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, and with it comes the chance to celebrate all things Irish. Like its European neighbor England, Ireland is a country of tea drinkers. So in addition to wearing green, drinking booze, and praising St. Patrick for chasing the snakes out of Ireland, be sure to carve out some time to enjoy a cup of Irish breakfast tea.

But what exactly is Irish breakfast tea?

As explained by Kitchn, Irish breakfast tea is a black tea that boasts a malty flavor. It is stronger than English breakfast tea, but weaker than Scottish breakfast tea. The tea in a cup of Irish breakfast tea originally hailed from Assam, India, where the East India Company operated tea plantations before shipping the product back to an insatiable public. Strong Irish, English, and Scottish black teas went perfectly with a hearty breakfast, giving the tea its name.

A plain cup of Irish breakfast tea is a simple pleasure all on its own, but this St. Patrick’s day, try combining Irish tea with another staple of the Irish culinary world: alcohol.

If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day, consider making a signature cocktail with Irish breakfast tea as a starring ingredient, or treat yourself to a fancy concoction while you watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade solo on TV.

Here are five scrumptious cocktail recipes that use Irish breakfast tea to get the party started:

1) Apricot & Black Tea Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Apricot & Black Tea Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Apricot and black tea blend for an appetite-whetting whiskey cocktail in this recipe from Holly & Flora. Start by making a black tea simple syrup from water, cane sugar, and Irish breakfast tea. Add the simple syrup to an ice-filled glass along with whiskey, apricot liquer, lemon juice, and bitters. Shake, strain, and add a dash of soda water to finish the drink off.

2) The Tullamore D.E.W. Elevenses

The Tullamore D.E.W. Elevenses

This recipe from triple distilled and triple blended Irish whiskey Tullamore D.E.W. mixes 3 parts Tullamore D.E.W. with 1 part lemon juice, 2.5 parts Irish breakfast tea, and 2 spoons of raspberry preserves. Shake and serve over ice, with a lemon twist for a classy garnish.

3) Blood Orange, Tea, & Whiskey Cocktail

Blood Orange, Tea, & Whiskey Cocktail

This recipe from Healthy Delicious recipe developer Lauren Keating starts by steeping Irish breakfast tea bags in whiskey. Add the whiskey tea to blood orange juice, lemon juice, and honey in a shaker, and give it a good shake. Strain and pour over ice. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with mint if desired.

4) Irish Hot Toddy

Irish Hot Toddy

This recipe from Chrystal Mahan is perfect if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a cold climate. Begin by brewing Irish breakfast tea. Add whiskey, honey, and lemon, then garnish with a lemon slice, and you’re well on your way to warming up.

5) Spiced 46 Martini

Spiced 46 Martini

This martini recipe from The Restaurants of Neiman Marcus begins with Spiced Iced Tea made from Irish breakfast tea bags, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, Tang, and almond extract. For grown-up fun, add Maker’s 46 (bourbon handmade whiskey from Maker’s Mark) as well as mint, peach puree, and lemon juice.


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5 Recipes That Use Tea For a Tasty St. Patrick’s Day

March 7, 2017

On Friday, March 17th, we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Chicago will dye the Chicago River green, local parades will feature bagpipe players piping their hearts out, and Americans across the country will reach for Irish goodies to sip and munch. This year, try your hand at baking a traditional Irish dish that features a tea twist. Here are five recipes that count tea among their ingredients to make an Irish classic extra special.

1) Dublin Gur Cake

Dublin Gur Cake

Gur cake is a sweet pastry that hails from Ireland’s capital, Dublin. The treat gets its name from the term “gurriers,” which was used to describe youngsters up to no good. If a young lad went ‘on the gur,’ it meant he was skipping class. Gur cake was traditionally made with leftover bread, making it cheap enough that the average gurrier could afford to buy it as fuel for a day of mischief. This gur cake recipe from Your Living City uses strongly brewed tea to make its filling, combining tea with stale bread, dried fruit, syrup, cinnamon, and other spices for a sweet, fruity filling. If you feel like channeling your inner gurrier this St. Patrick’s Day, follow this recipe and make way for mischief.

2) Tea-Infused Boiled Potatoes 

Tea-Infused Boiled Potatoes

There is no food more classically Irish than the potato. The Irish first started planting the potato in the 1600s and it became a staple in the country’s diet.  This recipe from Chef Raghavan Iyer via The Splendid Table puts a spin on potatoes by boiling them in black tea, then seasoning them with ginger, Chinese five-spice powder, red cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and scallions. Iyer found that smoking food with tea leaves resulted in an overpowering smokiness, but that boiling them left just enough tea flavor in the potatoes without commandeering the entire dish.

3) Irish Barmbrack 

Irish Barmbrack

Barmbrack is a traditional Irish sweet bread that contains raisins.  This classic fruitcake recipe from Irish Culinary TV personality Donal Skehan calls for fruit to be soaked in cold tea and whiskey overnight, making the fruit plumper and more flavorful. It’s then baked into a delicious, yeasted bread. The Irish typically bake a ring or other tiny trinkets inside the fruit cake for eaters to find. Barmbrack, sometimes nicknamed brack, typically graces kitchen counters on Halloween, but this baked good is delicious on all days spooky or not.

4) Bangers & Mash With Irish Tea Gravy

Bangers & Mash With Irish Tea Gravy

This sausage and mashed potatoes recipe from Thirsty For Tea uses Irish tea bags in its gravy. Blogger Bonnie Eng promises, “The taste of tea in this gravy is less assertive than if we had made it with Guinness but stronger than chicken or beef stock.”

5) Tea-Infused Soda Bread

Tea-Infused Soda Bread

Irish soda bread bakes quickly and is typically made by combining baking soda with buttermilk, flour, and salt. This recipe from Snapguide infuses classic soda bread with black tea by steeping tea leaves in hot milk. The tender bread goes great with jam, cheese, or butter on St. Patrick’s Day or any other morning that calls for a rich, tasty bread.

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5 Salad Dressing Recipes That Use Tea

March 2, 2017

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a leafy green salad. Or is there? If you make your own salad dressing to go with lunch, your self-satisfaction will be off the charts. Tea is a great ingredient to spice up any homemade dressing, adding the unique flavors and health benefits that come with tea. Here are 5 salad dressings enhanced with tea to try at home.  Get ready for your taste buds to thank you:

1) Tahini-Matcha Salad Dressing


This recipe from Whole Foods combines on-trend matcha powder with tahini (ground sesame seeds) for a zesty salad topper. Garlic, vinegar, shallot, lemon, honey, and green onion round out the lineup. Just 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per serving, this is a healthy, tasty dressing for your salad .

2) Jasmine Tea Salad Dressing


This recipe from Pique relies on the company’s Jasmine Tea Crystals. What are tea crystals? Exactly what they sound like: Pique brews tea, removes the leaves, and then crystalizes the liquid. The crystals dissolve instantly in hot or cold water for a hassle-free cup of tea, or a dressing. This dressing combines Jasmine Tea Crystals with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper for an easy, upscale option to drizzle over your lettuce or kale.

3) Maple Kombucha Salad Dressing

Maple Kombucha Salad Dressing

This recipe from The Healthy Home Economist relies on on-trend kombucha as a healthy, flavorful base. (Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage infused with good bacteria and yeast.) The probiotic is combined with olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, flax or walnut oil, garlic, and pepper for a dense dressing chock full of flavor. The kombucha is also good for you: the good bacteria in the drink strengthens the immune system. Kombucha does contain a teeny tiny amount of alcohol, so if you make your own kombucha, you could increase the amount of alcohol if you want a little buzz with your salad.  Or keep it G-rated so even your little ones can enjoy this delectable dressing.

4) Berry Balsamic Tea Dressing

Berry Balsamic Tea Dressing

This recipe from Supermarket Nutrition is beautiful to behold and sweet to taste. Pureed blueberries and strawberries provide fruity flavor to go with brewed black tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and salt in this colorful dressing. If you want a tasty dressing that impresses everyone at the table (and that your sweet-toothed tots will even like) this is the one for you.

5) Green Tea Honey Vinagrette

Green Tea Honey Vinagrette

This recipe from Brighton Your Health begins with green tea and adds honey, Dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar to the mix. Writes the author, “The tea taste adds a smooth flavor (tea is just slightly acidic) and complements a crispy green salad, baked salmon or grilled shrimp.”  What’s the difference between the matcha dressing we put at the top of the list?  Green tea uses leaves (and this recipe uses brewed green tea liquid), while the first recipe uses finely ground matcha powder, which contributes a different texture. But both are healthy and delicious!

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7 Green Tea Ice Cream Recipes You Need to Make Right Now

February 23, 2017

Green tea is on-trend and here to stay in all forms, including ice cream.  If you’re feeling domestic, roll up your sleeves and make your own.  We’ve scoured the web for 7 scrumptious green tea ice cream recipes that range from classic to innovative–some that don’t even require an ice cream maker!  So break out your ice cream scooper and enough spoons for sharing.

1) Super Fast No-Churn Green Tea Ice Cream

Super Fast No-Churn Green Tea Ice Cream

This recipe from Thirsty For Tea blogger Bonnie Eng requires only four ingredients and no ice cream maker. Ready in just 10 minutes, it’s a fast way to satisfy your cravings for tea and dessert in one bite. Eng also tells you how to add green swirls or sauce for extra pizazz, and encourages you to add in chocolate or another ingredient if you’re in the mood for extra flavor or texture.

2) Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

This recipe from Minimalist Baker takes much longer than 10 minutes, but it offers many motivations to block off the 2 hours needed to make it: this ice cream has no dairy, no refined sugar, and only 154 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving. Coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk provide the base of this ice cream, which gets its sugar from honey and dates and its flavor and color from green tea. All you need is a blender or food processer, and you’re off to the races. The author recommends pairing with pomegranate, fruit compote, or chocolate for extra flavor.

3) Ginger Green Tea Ice Cream

Ginger Green Tea Ice Cream

This recipe from Serious Eats pairs bitter green tea with hot ginger and requires an ice cream maker. Start by whisking matcha powder with half and half in a saucepan. Then stir in ginger and steep for one hour. Once steeped, add sugar, eggs, and salt to create custard. Strain and chill overnight, then churn in your ice cream maker. For ice cream that packs on heat, this is your go-to.

4) Three- Ingredient Banana Matcha Tea Ice Cream

Three- Ingredient Banana Matcha Tea Ice Cream

This recipe from BLDG 25 is easy peasy and oh so delicious.  It uses coconut milk as the base, adding only bananas and matcha powder to make ice cream, no ice cream maker necessary. If you want something sweeter, consider adding maple syrup or honey, and for extra flavor and texture, mix in nuts, fruit, or chocolate chips.

5) No Churn Matcha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

No Churn Matcha Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

This recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings brings America’s Favorite Cookie out to play. Heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and matcha combine to create ice cream, but when mixed with Oreos, it becomes so much more. No ice cream maker required, but you must freeze overnight.

6) Matcha Avocado Green Tea Ice Cream 

Matcha Avocado Green Tea Ice Cream

This recipe from A Calculated Whisk brings together matcha and avocado for a double dose of green goodness. Gluten-free with a dairy-free option, it’s easy, creamy, and delicious. While the finished product won’t taste like avocado, the avocado adds creaminess and healthy fat to the ice cream. Honey and raw or coconut sugar provide sweetness, while a hint of ginger provides a slight spice.

7) Green Tea Ice Cream with Apricot Maca Sauce

Green Tea Ice Cream with Apricot Maca Sauce

This recipe from Blue Eyed Kitchen Cat pairs green tea and bananas to make a deliciously bittersweet ice cream, but it’s the sauce that’s the real star of this treat. Drizzled on top for extra credit is an apricot maca sauce, accented with coconut flakes and a drop of lemon or lime. Colorful and cool, this dessert’s a great dinner party dazzler or an indulgent way to end your day solo.

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5 Recipes That Enhance Your Iced Tea

February 21, 2017

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like a glass of iced tea to cool you down, refresh your senses, and make the world slow down for at least a few sips. There are so many ways to innovate around iced tea, from pairing your favorite type with fruit, alcohol, or even vegetables, as these five unique iced tea recipes demonstrate:

1) Spiked Iced Soy Chai Tea

spiked iced soy chai tea

Vanilla soymilk, rum, and honey or agave syrup provide rich flavors to go along with iced black chai tea in this grown-up concoction. Sweet, spicy, and creamy, this drink is perfect for brunch or as a refreshing nightcap.

2) Hibiscus-Mint Iced Tea

hibiscus mint iced tea

Beautifully bright red, this iced tea begins with tart hibiscus tea. Mint and apple juice combine to give the iced tea extra bursts of flavor, and additional mint sprigs provide an aesthetic garnish. According to WebMd, hibiscus may work like a laxative and may help lower blood pressure. Two extra reasons to indulge!

3) Iced Tea Sangria

iced tea sangria

Tea, fruit, and alcohol? Yes, please. Adding tea to sangria gives it an extra burst of flavor and caffeine. This recipe for iced tea sangria brings passionfruit jasmine tea and white or red wine together with honey and fruit to create the ultimate adult beverage. Stunning to behold, break this drink out when you have someone to impress, or you just need a little beauty in your life.

4) Raspberry Mango Iced Tea

raspberry mango iced tea

This recipe uses black tea as its cold base and enjoys pops of color from mango juice and whole raspberries. Honey provides additional sweetness, and mango slices add texture to the drink. Mint sprigs provide a finishing touch in this beautiful, fruity iced tea that’s sure to satisfy on a hot day.

5) Tomato Iced Tea

tomato iced tea

This tea-soup hybrid combines iced tea and gazpacho in a surprising, adventurous take on iced tea. Orange zest and basil cress sink to the bottom of the teapot and each individual teacup should include cucumber pearls and basil cress. This funky combo could be enjoyed as a beverage, side dish, or even as an entire breakfast meal. Go ahead, try something new.


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Chocolate Tea-Spiked Valentine’s Day Desserts

February 9, 2017

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re planning to present your significant other with chocolate this February 14th, you can never go wrong with a hand baked good.  If you want to go the extra mile, try infusing a Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert with a splash of tea. From early grey and chai to matcha and chamomile, tea is a trendy, unique ingredient that will make a treat extra-special for that someone very extra special.  Here for your culinary experimentation are five chocolate dessert recipes that use tea.  Ready, set, bake:

1) Earl Grey Infused Blender Chocolate Mousse

Earl Grey Infused lender Chocolate Mousse

This dessert from Food 52 uses a blender to make moose easier than ever to prepare, and adds Earl Grey tea to give it a little something extra. Start by boiling orange zest and sugar with an earl grey tea bag in water. Strain, and then add to blended chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Add egg whites, serve into mousse cups, and refrigerate. 3-4 hours later, remove and top each mousse cup as desired with greek yogurt, mascarpone, or whipped cream.

2) Chai Chocolate Sables

Chai Chocolate Sables

This shortbread recipe from Annie’s Eats adds about 5 tea bags’ worth of chai to chocolate shortbread batter. Turbinado sugar, egg white, and water mix together for a top coat that crystalizes these tea-infused cookies. The chai will provide spice and a unique speckled look to each cookie.

3) Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake with Matcha Mousse

This uniquely decorated chocolate cake from The Road to Honey starts with a rich chocolate cake filled with matcha mousse, progresses with matcha buttercream icing, and finishes things off with matcha Pocky stick decorations. If you’ve never tried a Pocky stick, run to your grocery store’s Asian foods aisle and pick up a box now. Thin stick biscuits covered with chocolate and other flavors, Pocky sticks are a popular snack in Japan. Here, they create a bamboo-like gate around the cake, adding intrigue to the dessert. If your bae considers him or herself a Japanophile, this cake will score major points this Valentine’s Day.

4) Earl Grey Tea Macarons with Orange Infused White Chocolate Ganache

Earl Grey Tea Macarons with Orange Infused White Chocolate Ganache

Macarons are often overpriced at bakeries, so why not try making your own? Your Valentine will definitely appreciate the effort you went to in trying something new, ambitious, and, not to mention, delicious. These macarons from Lauren Caris Cooks add earl grey tea to both the macaron shells and the white chocolate and orange ganache filling, giving them extra texture and detail.

5) White Chocolate, Honey, and Chamomile Cupcakes

White Chocolate, Honey, and Chamomile Cupcakes

Now remember, chamomile tea isn’t technically tea, as it doesn’t come from the camellia sinensis tea plant, but we’ll make an exception and include this herbal tea-boosted cupcake recipe because it looks so delicious. Ground three tablespoons of chamomile flowers or sprinkle them via chamomile tea bags into cake batter. Bake and then top with a white chocolate and honey glaze topping for a sweet finish.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Tea Mocktails for a Sober New Year’s Eve

December 13, 2016

You don’t need alcohol to have a fun, delicious New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re hosting a sober event or hosting a party where the alcohol’s flowing, it’s important to offer non-alcoholic drinks so that all your guests are comfortable. Creating a signature mocktail is one way to add intrigue to your affair and make it a night to remember for both booze lovers and avoiders.  Here are 5 tea-based mocktails that will knock your socks off and make this New Year’s Eve a hit.

1) Peach Sweet Tea Mocktail


This mocktail from The Chew is a sweet treat that’s perfect for any party. Start by making a black tea simple syrup: Simply heat sugar and water in a saucepan, then add 2 black tea bags. Next, fire up your blender and blend frozen peaches, peach jam, and almond. Set aside while you decorate your glass rims with a combination of crushed almond, lemon, and sugar.  Then pour your simple syrup and blended concoction in the glasses, topping off with soda water.  Peachy keen!

2) Hot Tea and Booze Free Toddy


3) Green Tea Apple Mocktail


This recipe from Delicious must be made one day in advance, so plan ahead. Start by brewing green tea. Combine with apple juice and then chill overnight. The next day, add red and green apple slices, mint springs, and sparkling mineral water. Serve over crushed ice and you have a beautiful, fruity mix sure to go down easy.

4) Frosty Coconut Mint Green Tea Mocktail


This gorgeous mocktail from Strength and Sunshine combines the tasty prowess and trend power of green tea and coconut water. Start by putting two mint leaves and a green tea bag in a bottle of coconut water.  Chill the bottle for one hour. Then pour into a blender, add two more mint leaves and ice cubes, and blend away. Stop once the consistency is nice and frosty. Pour into a glass, garnish as desired, and marvel at your green creation.

5) Lipton Tea and Honey Sparkling Sangria Mocktail


A little Lipton goes a long way, as evidenced by this sangria mocktail from Flour on my Face. Pick up a packet of Lipton’s Tea & Honey Iced Green Tea Blackberry Pomegranate mix (try saying that five times fast). Combine with water in a pitcher. Add orange, lemon, and lime wedges, blackberries, and ice to the pitcher. Pour in sparkling grape juice. Then pour into glasses over ice and garnish with lime and mint.  Colorful, delicious, and fruity, this mocktail has all the trappings of an auspicious signature drink.