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10 Tea-Inspired Tattoos

December 31, 2017

If your love of tea is so devout that you want to have tea permanently etched on your body, it’s time to invest in a tea tattoo.  Copy one of the following tea-inspired tattoos, or use them as inspiration for an original design:


This large ribcage tattoo honors the connection between the tea plant, camellia sinensis, and your cuppa, creating a chain linking the plant, a tea bag, and a tea cup.  Ink this large design down your side, on your leg, or down your arm if you never want to be without your favorite brew.


This tattoo cleverly imitates the ring your teacup may leave on a table.  Coupled with the phrase “so it goes,” this design reminds you and an observer that nothing in life goes according to plan, that even alongside the most delicious beverage, there may be a stain.  But that’s life.  Ink this tattoo if you need a daily reminder not to sweat the small stuff.


This cute couple tattoo celebrates you, your significant other, and your mutual love of earl grey, rooibos, or matcha.  If your relationship has deepened by comparing childhood stories, sharing dreams, and building trust over countless cups of tea, this is the perfect two-part tattoo for you and your love.


This tattoo is perfect for the bookworm and tea lover known to “dive” into a world of mermaids and make-believe while nursing a hot cup of tea.  This tattoo will remind you to take time to escape into a beautiful world of fiction now and then.  Doing so may even help you understand the “real” world better.


This tattoo conjures the history of the tea industry, when the East India Company drove the global trade of tea in the 17th and 18th centuries.  This tattoo interestingly merges a European teacup design with a Japanese-inspired wave made famous in Japanese woodblock paintings, artistically communicating the mashing of cultures that accompanied the global tea trade.  It also refers to the idiom “tempest in a teacup,” used when someone’s exaggerating or “making a mountain out of a molehill.”  If you need a reminder not to make a big deal out of small things, this tattoo’s for you.


This knuckle tattoo is probably the least aggressive knuckle tat you’ll ever find.  Written in classic tattoo lettering, this tattoo will remind you that it’s always a good time for tea.


This Alice in Wonderland-inspired tattoo is perfect for tea-loving fans of the famous novel. The design features Alice falling into a teacup, perfect for the literary nonsense genre to which the book belongs. Depending on who’s looking at this design and from which angle, either Alice or the teacup will appear upside down, encapsulating the idea that perspective dictates truth.


This watercolor teacup tattoo follows the watercolor trend currently having a moment. Great if you want a pop of color with you always.


This tiny tattoo is the perfect choice for a pinky.  It’ll remind you to raise your pinky if you want to look super classy whilst drinking your afternoon cuppa, and will keep any minimalist happy.


And lastly, this Star Wars-inspired teapot and teacup design is the perfect tattoo for Star Wars geeks who think tea is a jedi-approved drink.  Choose this tattoo, and the force will be strong with you.

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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 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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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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10 Tea Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

December 12, 2017

When little ones ring your doorbell and say Trick or Treat” this year, give them something unique to bring home: tea. From Halloween-themed tea bags and teacups to tea-infused candies and cookies, tea will elevate any costumed cutie’s palate and get them hooked on something healthy. Edible, decorative, and fun, these gifts will make little vampires and superheroes howl with delight:

1) These Spooky Handmade Tea Bags 

These tea bags made by Pearly Pants Crafts are the perfect favor to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Get kids started on a healthy tea-drinking habit early by giving these out!

2) These Mini Pumpkin Sugar Cubes

These adorable pumpkin-shaped sugar cubes from Sugars By Sharon make a great companion piece to a Halloween tea bag. These pumpkin sugars are made from verified non-GMO pure cane sugar, water, and food coloring, so they’re perfect if you’re the picky parent or you’re catering to one.

3) These Tea Bag Covers

These print-at-home tea bag covers from Chocolate Rabbit will dress up any tea bag in your closet, transforming it into a unique, healthy Halloween treat. Simply print, cut, and fold around your tea bags for a fun, easy activity that your kids can help with before Trick or Treating.

4) This Skull Tea Infuser

This skull infuser from Fred & Friends will make any at-home brewing experience feel like Halloween. Put a few of these infusers in your treat bowl to give kids a plethora of spooky teatimes.

5) This Skull Mug

 Stock up on these skull mugs from Party City to give trick-or-treaters a spooky mug from which to drink tea all winter long.

6) These High Tea Paper Tea Cups

These elegant paper teacups from WillOtheWispWedding will make a great addition to your treat bowl. These pretty items are handmade from card stock, glue, and gold metallic ribbon.

7) These Mini Teapot Necklace Charms

Hand out these charms from Wholesale Corner for necklace-making to trick-or-treaters. These vibrantly colored teapot charms are eye-catching and cute, perfect for the princesses and fairies knocking on your door this Halloween.

8) Matcha Pocky Sticks

This well-known treat in Japan has made its way stateside, so pick up a few boxes to give away this Halloween. This snack coats a cookie biscuit stick with a green tea cream for a treat that’s light, flavorful, and crunchy. Introduce kids to the wonderful flavors of green tea in a candy-like form with these Pocky sticks, available at Target.

9) Green Tea Hard Candies

Give trick-or-treaters what they want—candy—with a dose of tea by handing out these green tea hard candies from Bali’s. Individually wrapped candies contain tea extract and natural green tea flavor. Buy in bulk, or go for a variety pack that includes three flavors: Green Tea Latte, Citrus Green Tea, and Classic Iced Tea.


10) Cream of Earl Grey Tea-Infused Shortbread Packets

These cookies from DAVIDs TEA will be a unique addition to any trick-or-treater’s candy bag. Each package contains two shortbread cookies that have been infused with Cream of Earl Grey tea, combining black tea and vanilla for a delicious take on the cookie.



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Tea Stocking Stuffers

December 12, 2017

As Christmas approaches, it’s time to stock up on stocking stuffers. These mini gifts will fit in a stocking and delight any sophisticated, tea-loving child this Christmas.

1) Tea Socks – $13.73

These funny socks are perfect for your teenage son or daughter who loves sipping a hot cup of green tea or rooibos. The socks come in a variety of colors—dark grey with red trim, light grey with red trim, and light grey with pink trim. With this gift, your kid will actually like getting socks!

2) Teapot Necklace – $8.80

Give your son or daughter an adorable teapot necklace this year. You can personalize the necklace with your child’s initial, choose between blue or pink, and customize the chain length.

3) Green Tea Bath Bombs – $3.50

Give your youngster a fun accessory for bath time with this green tea bath bomb. Young children will enjoy turning the tub green, while teenagers will use the bomb to enjoy some elevated relaxation time. This product is made with shea butter, which will soften skin, as well as green tea and cucumber, providing a lovely scent. Each bomb weighs 4.5 ounces and costs only $3.50.

4) Holly Tea Infuser With Saucer – $15Give your son or daughter this adorable tea infuser, and they’re guaranteed to want to sit down and have a cup of tea with you. The infuser is made from stainless steel and is super-finely perforated, keeping all tea leaves from slipping into the liquid. And it comes with a saucer to keep tea time mess-free.

5) Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee by Tony Mitton – $9.99

Stuff a stocking with this delightful children’s book by Tony Mitton, suitable for children ages 5 and up. In this story, your child will visit an alien planet called Planet Zum-Zee for afternoon tea. Fun rhymes and playful illustrations make this book a treat for grown-ups and kids alike.

6) Tea With Jane Austen – $12.20

Do you have a child obsessed with Jane Austen? Give him or her this cookbook full of recipes inspired by the novels and letters of the prolific author. Recipes include English Muffins inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Buttered Apple Tart inspired by Emma. Your tween or teen will love concocting these recipes and then enjoying them with a cuppa and her favorite Jane Austen novel.

7) Jolly Teas Sachet Travel Pouch – $12.00Want your teen to drink healthy away from home? Instead of buying a sugary soda at school, help your teen choose tea by gifting him or her this 100% cotton travel pouch of teas. The pouch comes with 5 tea sachets to get your son or daughter set up, and can then be re-filled with her favorite tea sachets or tea bags indefinitely.

8) Paint Your Own Tea Set – $12.99

This miniature-sized tea set needs to be painted, and your little one is just the tot to do it. The set comes with 4 teacups, saucers, spoons, and napkins, as well as a teapot, creamer, and sugar bowl. 12 mini paint pots and a paintbrush will help your son or daughter take this plain white set to the next level. Once painted, the ceramic items should be baked in the oven. Recommended for children 8+.

Happy Holidays! 

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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:


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

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

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  

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.


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

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

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!


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

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

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

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.

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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:

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.


1) Earl Grey Apple Cider Cocktail

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

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.


1) Ruby Spice Cider Tea Blend from Teavana

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

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

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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7 Tea-Inspired Halloween Costumes

December 12, 2017

This Halloween, don’t just drink tea, dress up as tea. From different varieties of the beverage to teaware, the world’s most popular beverage is the perfect thirst-quencher to inspire your costume. Copy these ideas or use them to spark your own creative twist for a delicious way to trick or treat:

1) Boba Tea

Boba/bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink that mixes tea, milk, and tapioca balls (and sometimes fruit). The drink is immediately recognizable thanks to the tapioca balls resting at the bottom of the cup, which will also make it an immediately recognizable costume. For an easy DIY getup like this one, simply adhere black pom poms or felt cut-outs to a white dress, accessorizing with a headband made to look like a straw:

For a more involved DIY project, fashion your own plastic cup enclosure and fill it with balloons to emulate the tapioca balls, like this:


And if you’re looking for a couples costume for you and your significant other or for you and your BFF to wow the crowd at this year’s Halloween soiree, follow this tutorial and go as boba milk and tea:

2) Tea Bag

For an easy DIY costume, go as a tea bag this Halloween.  Use brown leaves, twigs, and dirt to go as a black tea bag, or green leaves, moss, and shrubbery to go as a green tea bag. This guide will help you achieve the look.

3) I’m a Little Teapot

If you’re handy with knitting needles, crochet your little one a cozy teapot blanket and lid hat this year. If you’re more of a ‘click and purchase’ parent, consider this adorable number from Lights Camera Crochet. So cute you’ll want to drink your baby right up!

4) Mrs. Potts and Chip

The ultimate power couple in the tea world, Beauty and the Beast’s Mrs. Potts and Chip are the perfect twosome for a mother-and-child costume pairing this year. Hum “Tale As Old As Time” and drink a cuppa while you follow this DIY guide from Kick the Nest to get the look.

5) The Mad Hatter

This famous literary character hails from Alice in Wonderland and is known for his love of tea parties. Follow this tutorial from Woman’s Day or this one from self-proclaimed “geek lifestyle blog”

6) Long Island Iced Tea

For a funny (and punny) tea-inspired costume, go as a Long Island Iced Tea. Wear your most stereotypically Long Island attire—ladies that means long nails and big hair, and gents that means over-gelled hair and tank tops—and then decorate your outfit with tea bags. Take your cue from this photo:

7) Arizona Green Tea


Arizona Green Tea has a very distinct logo, featuring a pretty cherry blossom tree (right). A very recognizable brand, if you dress as a can of this tea, people will know what you are right away. Consider these outfit optionst:

Wear these leggings from Poprageous and you’re ready to party:


Slip on this gorgeous dress, and you’re set:


Or rock this oversized cherry blossom t-shirt from Arizona to bob for apples:

And check out Arizona’s other apparel options if you want more pieces of flair:


Happy Halloween!

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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


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

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

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

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

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

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.


Drink responsibly!