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Tea History & Culture

Tea Parties You Never Expected In Pop Culture

November 9, 2021

Teatime has been around since the 1800’s and has become a social event that can be seen in various Hollywood films and television shows. Whether you want to go down the rabbit hole on your way to the Mad Hatter’s tea party or sip on Afternoon Tea with the Crawley family in Downtown Abbey, we are walking you through some of our favorite tea references in pop culture. Let’s take a look at a few marvelous on screen tea moments where tea is either being brewed, boiled, served, passed around, or used as a prop to convey something funny, serious or casual that have kept us wanting more tea!

Mary Poppins Iconic Tea Party Scene

Mary Poppins is a famous musical film that was produced by Walt Disney in 1964. The famous Tea Party at Uncle Albert’s is a tea scene to remember. When Mary takes the children to visit her Uncle Albert, they drink a cup of tea that makes them float to the ceiling. Mary does the only sensible thing and brings tea up to join them. They then enjoy a practically perfect tea around a floating table dressed in a yellow tablecloth. This magical tea party scene is filled with joy and fantasy.

Alice in Wonderland the Mad Hatter’s tea party

Whether you are watching the 1951 animated film, or the 2010 live-action fantasy, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland is an event that is not to be missed. It is always tea time in Wonderland! This scene is the main event of the film and the reason why Alice goes on the adventures she does as she encounters the White Rabbit on his way to the tea party. The Mad Hatter’s tea party remains one of literature’s most psychedelic gatherings, leaving readers wondering if March Hare has filled the cups with something more than just tea.

Adele’s Hello music video

Tea made an appearance in pop culture in English singer and songwriter Adele’s music video for her grammy winning song, Hello. Adele, a United Kingdom native, pours herself a cup of tea in the Hello music video to soother her broken heart and this totally stirred the pot, no pun-intended. Fans were outraged at the way Adele prepared her tea which caused quite the uproar among her British fans. She is shown boiling the water and proceeds to pour the hot water and then add in a teabag, which is where the controversy began. In the U.K., it is traditional to steep your tea bag in the hot water prior to pouring your glass. She has since come out and said that she is not the one that made that cup of tea. She said, “I like to brew the tea bag, add a bit of sugar, bit of milk, stir it, stir it, stir it, ring it out, put it wherever you want.”

Sweet Tea in Steel Magnolias

It’s no secret that Sweet Tea is a popular drink in the South. Sweet tea is consumed throughout the 1989 Comedy-Drama film, Steel Magnolias, which takes place in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Dolly Parton’s character, Truvy Jones, famously refers to sweet tea as “the house wine of the South.” Refer to our post on Iced Teas for a Southern Sweet Tea recipe. 

Downtown Abbey

If you are into period dramas, then there is no doubt you have watched PBS’s Downtown Abbey. The show takes place in the early 1900s as it follows an English aristocratic family in a fictional town called Downtown Abbey. During this time in England, teatime was a popular ritual that was served in various different settings. Throughout the show, we see the characters gather for deluxe Afternoon Teas and High Teas. It’s no secret that the British loved to indulge in teatime, which is why it became such a huge social event and is expressed that way throughout the show.

Gossip Girl – The Russian Tea Room

Gossip girl is full of tea, and not just the spilling kind. In Season 2, Episode 23, the characters visit the Russian Tea Room that is full of tea. From gossip spilling, to tea sipping, this episode is the perfect example of the social expectations that come with tea ceremonies. Aside from this episode, there are numerous other scenes where characters like Blair Waldorf share an intimate cup of tea together in deep thought and discussion.

Tea Recipes

5 Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes for Summer

July 2, 2021

Nothing is better than a tall glass of iced tea to kick off your summer days. Whether you are drinking it for the refreshing, cool taste on a summer afternoon, or you need the caffeine and want something lighter than a latte; iced tea has the answer to all of your summer needs.

We sifted through and found 5 refreshing iced tea recipes for you to try out this Summer.

Summertime Orange Tango Tea

First on our list is the Summertime Orange Tango Tea. This tangy summer tea will leave you begging for more! Drink it as it is or add tequila for a delightful summer cocktail.

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Black Iced Tea Bags (Try our Assam Black Tea for a basic black tea!)
  • Sugar
  • Orange Juice Concentrate
  • Lemonade Concentrate
  • Tequila (optional)
  • Fresh lemon slices and mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

1. Bring your water to a boil, turn off the heat, and add your tea bags. Allow this to steep for 3-5minutes, then remove the tea bags.

2. Stir in the sugar, orange juice concentrate, lemonade, and add more water!

3. Refrigerate until chilled.

4. Add tequila (if desired) and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves(optional).

Blackberry Mint Iced Tea

Our next summer favorite is the Blackberry Mint Iced Tea. This combination of a sweet berry with refreshing mint makes for the perfect drink on a Hot Summer Day! Kick back and relax with this iced tea while getting your daily dose of antioxidants. 

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of Fresh Blackberries
  • 6 leaves of Fresh Mint
  • 1 bags of Green Iced Tea (Try our Young Hyson Green Tea for a delicately sweet green tea)
  • 3 cups of Hot Water
  • Raw Honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Start with adding fresh blackberries, fresh mint leaves, and tea bags to your container.
  2. Second, pour hot water over the ingredients. Allow this to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, you will remove the tea bags from the mixture and place your container in the fridge. Allow it to chill for 3-4 hours to get the maximum amount of flavor! 

Homemade Southern Sweet Tea

Next on our list is famous in the South and is perfect for any BBQ… Homemade Southern Sweet Tea (and NOT the kind you try at McDonalds). Nothing beats the sweet, smooth, and tasty tang of Southern Sweet Tea! It’s important to remember that you should be using tea that is specially made to make iced tea, NOT any old bag of tea in your pantry.

Another key tip for making the best Southern Sweet Tea is to brew It yourself! Your tea should steep for 15 minutes while brewing.

What you’ll need:

  • Water and Tea Bags for Brewing (We recommend our Assam Black Tea for this iced tea!)
  • Sugar
  • Ice
  • Baking Soda (optional)

Directions:

  1. The first step is to boil 1 quart of water over medium heat
  2. Next you will turn the heat off and place your tea bags into the water. Allow this to steep for 15minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and press them against the side of the saucepan to get the maximum amount of tea out of them as possible!
  4. Afterwards, pour your sugar into the pitcher and pour half of the amount of tea over the sugar.
  5. Stir until the sugar is dissolved
  6. Add the remaining tea.
  7. Finally, stir in baking soda. This step is optional but, is recommended to leave your tea in top condition if you are planning to keep it in your fridge for a while! You are free to either serve it right away or refrigerate and wait for it to cool down.

Matcha Mint Iced Refresher

Our fourth iced tea is the Matcha Mint Iced Refresher! This drink is refreshingly simple to make and perfect for summer sipping. Matcha is known for being high in antioxidants and boosting your energy levels and metabolism, so why not add it to your Summer list?

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Cooking Grade Matcha
  • Fresh Lime
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Ice
  • Agave (or your favorite sweetener as an optional addition)

Directions:

  • First you will need a container to shake the mixture in. We recommend using a cocktail shaker, but any container with a trusty lid can work too!
  • Add your ice to the container and squeeze the lime over the ice.
  • Mix in your water and matcha, and be sure to mix until there are no more lumps of your matcha powder.
  • Add in your mint leaves and continue to shake the mixture in your container!
  • The last optional step is to add your agave or other sweetener and you are ready to serve!

The Arnold Palmer

Last, but definitely not least, the Arnold Palmer. This legendary drink combines iced tea and lemonade for a delightfully sweet taste. The Arnold Palmer was created one hot summer day in 1960 when Arnold himself asked his wife to prepare him this drink at the Latrobe Country Club, thus coining its’ name after its’ creator— American professional golfer, Arnold Palmer. The key to making an Arnold Palmer is all in the ingredients. Tea is the backbone of this iconic combination which is why the quality of tea you choose matters!

What you’ll need: Consider using homemade lemonade and iced tea for quality taste!

  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Unsweetened Iced Tea (Try our Assam Black Tea for this recipe!)
  • Ice
  • Mint Sprig Garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. First you are going to fill your glass ¾ of the way full with iced tea, make sure to use tea bags that are specifically for iced tea.
  2. Next you are going to fill the remaining ¼ with lemonade.
  3. Finally, add ice and mint sprig garnish (optional) and you are all set for a Summer afternoon!

Now, what are you waiting for? Get to Summer sipping with these 5 amazing iced tea recipes. 

Tea Industry

7 Teas Items That Prove Restaurants are Upping Their Tea Game

February 12, 2018

Restaurants are seriously stepping things up when it comes to tea. Consumers are no longer satisfied with a boring black tea bag or a simple iced tea. They want cool flavor combos, natural sweeteners, memorable accents, texture, and document-worthy experiences. To meet the high demands of foodies across the country, these restaurants are offering creative tea options. From chains to independents, check out these menu items to see how operators are elevating the tea sector:

1. Plum Ginger Hibiscus Iced Tea – Panera

This iced tea from Panera combines flavors of hibiscus, apple, blackberry, rosehip, pump, carob, and ginger for a complex, sweet profile. Ginger is hot hot hot right now in the culinary world, and mixologists are finding creative ways to combine and showcase it, like this. Flavor for the win!

2. Raspberry, Mango, Pomegranate, and Kiwi Iced Tea – Applebee’s

These iced teas from Applebee’s reflect the rising demand for unique flavors in the tea world. Applebee’s diners can choose between refreshing glasses of raspberry, mango, pomegranate, and kiwi iced tea.

3. Fruit and Milk Teas – Panda Express

Panda Express has an entire tea bar catered to your Asian-inspired tea needs. Choose from fruit or milk/boba teas. Fruit teas include: Strawberry, Raspberry, Hibiscus, and Passion Fruit. Milk teas include: Thai, Matcha, and Crème Brulee. To meet consumer expectations for customization and the rising demand for textured beverages, Panda Express offers the following add-ons to any drink: honey boba, jelly (coffee, tea, or grass), fruit jelly (rainbow or lychee), aloe vera, pudding, and chia seeds. Talk about thorough options!

4. Blackberry Tea Thyme – California Pizza Kitchen

Consumers want twists on the familiar, and California Pizza Kitchen delivers with this modified Arnold Palmer, which combines freshly brewed Gold Peak iced tea with lemonade and accents it with blackberry and thyme sprigs. The chain also features many flavored iced teas (Mango, Peach, Strawberry, Raspberry) and a Passion Fruit Mango Iced tea bursting with tropical flavors.

5. Rooibos Tea with Coconut Milk and Maple Syrup – Sqirl

LA foodie haven Sqirl is the place to look for what’s trending in the food and drink world. Their tea menu includes this iced tea, which exemplifies the natural sweetener and alternative milk trends by sweetening rooibos tea with maple syrup and adding coconut milk for a non-dairy boost. The restaurant also features a Laura Palmer, which satiates consumer demand for unique flavor combinations and updated classics by pairing black tea with grapefruit juice.

6. Matcha Limeaid – Bon Matcha

Washington, DC matcha haven Bon Matcha serves up a refreshingly sour take on the earthy flavor with its matcha limeaid. Limeaid is having a moment, and what better to pair with it than tea’s reliable rising star, matcha?

7. Earl-Grey Infused Whiskey – Steak + Whiskey 

Tea continues to elevate cocktail menus, like it does at Steak + Whiskey in Hermosa Beach, California. The cocktail named Bill The Butcher pairs earl-grey infused bourbon with Americano and velvet falernum. Elsewhere on the cocktail menu, the O-Ren Ishii pairs matcha with vodka, yuzu, mint, and orgeat. All over the place, mixologists are turning to teas and tea-based syrups to specialize alcoholic offerings, so be on the lookout!

 

Types of Tea

Get Ready for Fruit-Infused Iced Teas at Starbucks All Year Long

August 10, 2017

Starbucks Shaken Iced Tea Infusers

Courtesy Starbucks

In a world in which it feels like bad news hits us from every direction, here’s some good news for a change: Starbucks has announced that three new Shaken Iced Tea Infusions will be available at participating stores year-round.

The fruit-infused iced tea flavors are:

1) Pineapple Black Tea

2) Peach Citrus White Tea

3) Strawberry Green Tea

The beverages, developed in partnership with Starbucks-owned Teavana, are the brainchild of two main developers: Culinary Institute of America grad Melynda Cheng and food science degree-holder Megan Droz.

Inspired by the increasing number of Starbucks customers ordering unsweetened iced teas and their rising demand for customization, Cheng and Droz wanted to update the goliath chain’s iced tea menu to reflect evolving consumer preferences, turning to fruit to provide both flavor and a healthy dose of sweetness.

After five months of trial and error, the duo came up with the three Shaken Iced Tea Infusions that debuted on July 11.

Just 45 calories per Grande serving, each iced tea contains tea, botanical blends, and liquid cane sugar. Additionally, each contains no artificial sweeteners and no artificial flavor, answering consumers’ call for real, wholesome ingredients and nutritional transparency.

Said Droz in a Starbucks press release, “The fruit and botanical blends of pineapple, peach citrus and strawberry take the place of sweeteners for a lighter mouthfeel and more delicate flavor than other iced tea beverages.”

For guests that want to have it their way, they can now customize any iced tea with the new flavors. Pineapple, peach citrus, and strawberry are “all complementary to our core Teavana back, green, herbal and white teas,” explained Droz.  Isn’t it nice to get exactly what you want?

The new iced teas have been launched with the “Good Feels Good” campaign.

Check out the inaugural ad below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7K4bh2qvDw

Wondering who all the folks in the ad are?  Here’s a handy key from Starbucks:

“Good Feels Good” campaign

Courtesy Starbucks

Good does indeed feel good, and Starbucks is hoping that tea can be a good part of getting you to feel that way. We hope so, too!

Starbucks acquired Teavana five years ago in a $620 million deal.  Having solidified itself as the biggest name in coffee, it was time to expand to tea. With product releases like these three new iced teas, Starbucks is hoping to become the company you think of when you hear the word tea. Will that in fact transpire?  Starbucks bet $620 million that it would.  Stay tuned.

For more information and videos about these new iced teas, head to tea.starbucks.com.

 

 

Tea Recipes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Tea History & Culture

Tea Trends for 2017

January 3, 2017

This year, tea’s not just here to stay—it’s poised to rise. According to MarketWatch, the global tea market will grow by 6.88 billion from 14.45 billion at the end of 2016 to 21.33 billion in 2024. Louise Pollock, the President of food, health, and wellness PR firm Pollock Communications, told Beverage Daily, “The beverage category has grown exponentially and tea is set to experience a lot of growth moving into 2017 and 2018.” But what exactly can we expect from the tea industry this year? We noticed a few prominent trends you can look forward to this year:

1) Green Tea

After surveying 1700 registered dieticians, Pollock Communications named green tea one of the Top Ten Superfoods of 2017. As busy Americans look for beverages on the go that are both convenient and healthy, look out for more bottled green teas. In addition to green teas, Pollock Communications expects teas made with whole leaves and natural ingredients to rise, thanks to our increasingly health-conscious population.

2) Matcha 

According to Datassential, matcha grew by 50% in the US from 2010 to 2015, and multiple sources say it will continue to rise in availability and popularity in the coming years. In 2015, just 1% of non-alcoholic beverage menus included matcha, so it’s still in its early stage of consumer awareness and demand, but get ready to watch that number climb. Matcha most commonly appears on menus as a tea or in blended beverages, but it’s also a great ingredient in baking, as we illustrated with White Chocolate Matcha Brownies. So look out for this green powder on dessert menus or in the grocery aisle to make your own tea-infused baked goods.

3) Tea on Tap

Restaurants want to make it easy to deliver you a new, exciting product. FoodBytes says, “Suddenly everything is on tap—wine, cocktails, nitro and cold brew coffee, kombucha, on-tred spirits like amaro.” That’s right: this year we predict you’ll see kombucha and other teas on tap with greater frequency. It’s part of a larger trend you’ll see in 2017: packaging and formatting that makes tea even easier to grab in a restaurant or on the go. From eateries that have self-serving taps at your table to coffee shops, movie theaters, and supermarkets offering exotic bottled teas, 2017 will see more grab ‘n sip options than ever before.

4) More, More, More

Tea trends from the last several years will drive the growth of tea consumption at home, at restaurants, and on the go in 2017. We’ll continue to see teas blending herbs and spices to deliver exotic and flavorful beverages, lesser-known leaves like oolong and rooibos sharing shelf space with black and green teas, tea dishes incorporating on-trend flavors like cateja, tea-infused cocktails, coffee-inspired teas (i.e. a green tea latte or mocha), ingredients like berries and fruit replacing milk and sugar as co-stars in every cup, and the strong performance of iced tea—85% of tea consumption in the USA is iced, per the Tea Association of the United States. These trends are far from over, and we’ll continue to see them grow this year. 

Whatever way you pour it, the teacup is looking half full for 2017!

 

 

Tea Recipes

5 Recipes That Infuse Tea With Marinade

November 3, 2016

When you’ve got a little extra time on your hands, or you’re just really good at planning in advance, marinating meat is a wonderful way to make sure your dinner’s bursting with flavor. Using tea in a marinade is a simple way to achieve maximum flavor and a unique profile. Here are five recipes that incorporate tea in their marinades to yield tasty results:

1) Black Tea & Soy Marinated Tofu

Tofu is a model base to cook with because it takes on any flavor you work with. Why not infuse this protein-rich base with your favorite kind of tea? This recipe calls for black tea, flavoring the classic with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic cloves to create a marinade for your tofu to sit in for at least an hour, and ideally overnight. Once the tofu’s soaked up this tea marinade, pop it in the oven. 25 to 30 minutes later, you have a healthy, flavorful treat.

2) Jasmine Tea-Marinated Salmon

Start by boiling jasmine tea to follow this delicious salmon recipe. Add chipotle pepper, vinegar, salt, and ice cubes to the tea in a blender, then pour over salmon and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Before grilling, season your fish with chili powder and jasmine tea leaves. Once it’s off the grill, add some chives and honey for a final garnish, and you’ve got one impressive meal to serve.

3) Green Tea Mustard Marinade

This recipe uses mustard, traditionally a condiment, and tea, usually a beverage, as atypical bases in this marinade that’s great on steak. Begin with green tea and whisk in both stone ground mustard and Dijon, as well as oregano, marjoram, and olive oil. Add your meat, and marinate for up to 24 hours for a unique dish that’s sure to dazzle carnivores.

4) Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken

Iced tea becomes an ingredient in this chicken dish that’s perfect for your summertime barbecue. Kick your marinade off with unsweetened iced tea and add lemon juice, garlic cloves, honey, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Add your chicken and marinate for eight hours until throwing it on the grill and making your guests very happy.

5) Sweet Tea-Marinated Pork Chop Sandwich

This recipe marinates pork chops in sweet tea for at least six hours before using it as the base of a delectable sandwich. After spending some quality time in the refrigerator, the tea-soaked meat is dipped in milk and then fried in flour, pepper, salt, and garlic. Once cooked, it’s topped with veggies and lovingly sandwiched between two buns.

Tea Recipes

7 Tea Cocktail Recipes to Try this Spring

March 7, 2016
iced green tea mojito

So we’ve shown you how to bake with tea and pair it with food, but what about how to drink with it?When you initially think of tea, there’s a good chance you don’t associate it with alcohol or going out. Tea has been around for centuries and has definitely had its fair exposure to the cocktail world. But for some reason, it seems to have lost its popularity in cocktails. We want to change that. We’ve found some of the best tea cocktails on the internet and can’t wait to test them out.

Chai Tea CocktailChai_tea_cocktail 2

We love this recipe because it’s so simple and sounds delicious! Enjoy it in the fall with some pumpkin baked goods or in the summer over ice on the beach. Regardless of where you test this out, you really can never go wrong with chai in any form.

Iced Green Tea Mojito

iced green tea mojito

Who doesn’t want to get rich antioxidants while simultaneously relaxing with a cocktail? This mojito does it all and will surely serve as the perfect summer drink. The ingredients are all very simple, so odds are you probably already have them. And did we mention it’s only 110 calories?! What more is there to love.

Adult Iced Tea

Adult Iced Tea

This tasty but strong drink is sure to satisfy your craving for iced tea and, apparently, tastes just like the real thing! This recipe uses Earl Grey and is perfect for hot summer days. Relax and enjoy this by the pool, but make sure to take it slow.

White Peach and Green Tea Bellinipeaches-11.jpg

This recipe is by far our favorite. This peachy and summery drink is perfect to enjoy anytime and even has a small caffeine kick. We love the mix of flavors and how refreshing this drink is.You can even use Starbucks Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea to make your job a little easier.

Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

This cocktail has a great energy boost to start the night off. Its mild but classic flavor makes it perfect to enjoy at any time of the year. It’s also relatively healthy compared to nearly every other cocktail out there. The recipe calls for some lavender sprigs, which are definitely worth getting and make the drink much more flavorful!

Lemonade in Bloom

As described above, this “boozy, floral eye-opener” makes the perfect refreshment. The chamomile tea used in this recipe definitely adds a calming factor that is well harmonized with the lemon infused vodka. While this takes a bit of prep, it will easily be the hit of the party.

Pu-erh Old Fashioned

This drink takes some preparation ahead of time, but boy is it worth it. It’s the perfect twist on the classic Old Fashioned and can definitely be tailored to your taste buds. Use your favorite Bourbon that can be enjoyed neat, and you’re on your way to this perfect treat.

Let us know which recipe is your favorite after trying them out in the comments below!