Tea should be fun, and even though I'm generally not a fan of foods/beverages pretending to be something else, I have to say that Creamsicle tea is surprisingly like its namesake—you know, the summer treat with orange sherbet wrapped around vanilla ice cream—and surprisingly delicious, especially iced. In this case, I'm talking about a rooibos … Continue reading Creamsicle Rooibos Inspires a Look at Frozen Treats
Step into any tea store, in person or online, and the choices are staggering. If you're new to loose tea, the range of options can even be paralyzing. Where do you possibly begin? Added to the confusion is that although tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are rightfully called "tea," other leaves, flowers, and even spice blends … Continue reading New to Tea? Start Here
Long associated with the holidays, eggnog has become a rather recent tradition in my family—and here I'm talking about the decadent, rich, over-the-top rum-containing stuff, having been motivated to make our own in response to Rosie Schaap's "Eggnog the Hard Way" back in 2012, in a NYT magazine. But since I'm here to talk tea, … Continue reading Eggnog Tea—Creamy and rich, but no calories!
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me twelve drummers drumming—and perhaps some holiday fatigue. According to PNC's Christmas Price Index, that true love had to cough up a whopping $34,558.65 for all twelve gifts this year ($157,558.00 if you count all the repetitions). This is a 0.6% increase from last year … Continue reading The 12 Teas of Christmas: Drumming up some winter magic
On the Sixth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me . . . six geese a-laying—which brings to mind our neighborhood's terribly brazen geese that tenaciously protect their young, going after any innocent passerby with raucous honking and hissing. But when the 12 Days of Christmas was sung, geese were commonly kept in … Continue reading The 12 Teas of Christmas: On the 6th day, a goose egg?
Honeybush. The name itself sounds sweet and pleasant. Honeybush (Cyclopia sp.)—also known as mountain or cape tea—probably takes its name from its yellow, honey-scented flowers. Native to South Africa, there are 23 documented species of honeybush, each thriving in a specific environment, from coastal to mountainous. Today, 70% of the honeybush produced comes from these … Continue reading What Is Honeybush Tea? A Treat!
ROOIBOS: Truly a Red Tea! If you haven't had rooibos yet, now is the time—especially if you are looking for a delicious tea that doesn't have caffeine. Well, actually it's a tisane Although rooibos is commonly called "tea," it is really an herbal tisane. While true tea is produced with Camellia senensis, rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) … Continue reading What Is Rooibos Tea?