Recently the American Tea Room tweeted about making iced tea with fresh fruit slices in it. It sounded intriguing and I had all the ingredients handy, so I decided to give it a try. I choose to brew some Immortal Green loose tea.
After steeping, I poured the hot tea over some ice to cool it more quickly. I then added some cut up peach slices and poured a glass. It was good, but like sangria I figured a few hours of letting the flavors mesh would be better. So I popped it in the fridge, also adding some orange slices as well.
That evening I had a really great pitcher of iced tea. The addition of the peach and orange slices really enhanced the flavor of the green tea. Plus I rarely sweeten my tea, so it added a nice natural sweetness which was very refreshing.
I got the Immortal Green tea from the American Tea Room and the peaches and oranges from my local grocery store.
Do you ever add fresh fruit to your iced tea? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations in the comments below.
Over the weekend my husband and I went to a local farmer's market and were delighted to see a local tea company there. They are called Deckan Tea and they are based in Southfield, Michigan. They had a number of loose teas for sale as well some pyramid tea bags in canisters.
I love getting the chance to sample new teas, especially blends. They had a number of their teas in glass jars in order to sniff them. It was a nice warm morning and they had their Mango Beach Organic black tea available as an iced tea. It was very refreshing.
My husband is a huge fan of black tea, so we picked up a package of their Organic Ginger Peach Clove black tea to bring home. We brewed some right away as an iced tea and is was very good. This tea also has a touch of cinnamon in it, rounding off the flavors nicely.
Next time I want to get a package of their Green Apple Organic and Rooibos Chocolate Organic to try and review. If you are looking for a Michigan based tea company, then definitely check out Deckan Tea. They also offer coffee as well. They have a store location at Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills and ship all over the world.
I used to drink a ton of soda pop when I was in high school and college. Then sometime in my twenties I made a complete switch to water when I realized how much sugar was in them. And of course with all the concerns about high fructose corn syrup, well it just isn't something I drink much these days. Every once in awhile though, I love to drink something sweet and carbonated though. I decided to give Steaz Sparkling Green Tea a try.
It is billed as a being organic and fair trade and made with decaffeinatedCeylon green tea leaves. I'm a huge fan of fair trade, as there is some assurance that workers are treated fairly and paid a good wage for their work. I tried the orange flavored version last night and I really loved it. There is also a root beer and a lemon version readily available too. According to the package it has sparkling filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, citric acid, natural orange flavor, sodium citrate, organic Ceylon green tea, beta carotene (Vitamin A), vegetable juice for color and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Compare that to your favorite soda pop.
The flavors are nice and light and not too overpowering. It is also not oversweet. Definitely a bonus for me as I usually drink my tea unsweetened. I will definitely be keeping this in my fridge on a regular basis. How about you? Have you tried Steaz? What do you think of it? What are your favorite flavors? Is there anything else like it that you recommend?
The Art of Tea is a great source of loose leaf tea and tea accessories. They are known for both their single variety teas as well as their original blends of teas with exotic flavors. Right now through the end of the year they are offering a free shipping coupon code with a $50 order.
Some of their tempting creations to try with this great free shipping code are Pomegranate Green, Chocolate Monkey, and Hojicha de la Creme.
It will not be difficult to fill your shopping cart when you visit their site. They definitely have some great teas to brew. When checking out you want to use code SHIP50 to receive the free ground shipping.
What are some of your favorites from Art of Tea in your tea cabinet? Let us know in the comments below.
Growing up, I was never really a tea drinker. My parents were more into coffee, so it wasn't really something we had around the house. About 10 years ago, my husband's aunt gifted us a teapot and some loose leaf tea for Christmas. It all got placed on a shelf somewhere and we forgot about it. Fast forward about 4 years ago, we were again given some loose leaf tea. The teapot was remembered and we used it to brew the tea. It was wonderful.
I had tried many different types of tea, in their teabag form before that, but this was something else entirely different. The flavors were so much stronger. Plus I loved the ritual of setting the tea leaves to steep, pouring through a tea stainer and into a teacup. Whether it is a enjoyed alone or with a group of family and friends, there is something very comforting and appealing about tea.
My husband and I have a whole cabinet in our kitchen devoted to our love of tea. Now we would like to share that love with you. Welcome to the Tea Cabinet. Brew up a fresh pot and enjoy this journey with us. We can't wait to get to know you better and explore the world of tea.