Passionate about Iced Passionfruit Tea!

Passionfruit may evoke a steamy romance in the sultry tropics, but that would be totally off base. In fact, the fruit may actually tranquilize rather than excite: The pulp, leaves, and flowers of the passion fruit has been long used as a sedative by South American Indians and is noted for its calming effect. (AIHDP) … Continue reading Passionate about Iced Passionfruit Tea!

Tea on the Road: Herkimer Diamonds and Improvised Iced Tea

Leaving wine country behind us (see previous post), we continued our road trip, traveling east to Herkimer, a small town along the Mohawk River in upstate New York, and named after Nicholas Herkimer, a general in the American Revolutionary War. With Herkimer, we have a link to both tea (the Boston Tea Party of 1773, … Continue reading Tea on the Road: Herkimer Diamonds and Improvised Iced Tea

What Teas Make Great Iced Tea?

We are halfway through National Iced Tea Month. Did you notice? Do you care? Between doing your job while maneuvering office politics, paying bills, making sure your family is fed, tracking social obligations, and repairing car and house, simply keeping up pretty much consumes June! Yet, here we are in mid-June, with summer officially arriving this week, making this, actually, … Continue reading What Teas Make Great Iced Tea?

Make Your Own Sparkling Teas

Sparkling Teas . . . are coming soon to your local grocery store, if they haven't already shown up. But you can make sparkling tea today— by yourself, with your favorite tea, and with total control of just how much, if any, sugar they contain. To compare, the new Sanpellegrino + Tea (by Nestlé Waters) … Continue reading Make Your Own Sparkling Teas

H2O on the Rocks

When our daughter was very young, we were at a very nice restaurant, and calamity was very near: we told her she would be drinking water and not a soft drink. But our server adroitly intervened, asking if she would instead like "H2O on the rocks." Would she ever! When it arrived, complete with maraschino cherry on … Continue reading H2O on the Rocks

Don’t Touch That Soft Drink ~ Until You Read This!

A Reason to Not Drink Soft Drinks Yeah, we know that soft drinks aren't all that healthy to drink, what with their empty calories and added sugar. A Reason TO  Drink Soft Drinks But on a sweltering Michigan day, especially after tackling some particularly onerous task such as cutting the lawn with a reel mower while fighting off the &#%?! mosquitoes, an … Continue reading Don’t Touch That Soft Drink ~ Until You Read This!