The winter season is among us, meaning that pesky common cold is everywhere. Whether you’re staying home sick, or powering through at your office, try brewing one of these teas to keep you warm inside. Sometimes, a little relaxation and staying warm makes all the difference.
1: Throat Therapy
2: French Lemon Ginger
3: Feel Better Blend
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The holidays are a great time to gather your friends and family, reflect on the past year and appreciate the little moments. Try hosting a dessert party, complete with a cup of our delicious dessert tea, to bring together your loved ones. Serve different types of appetizers, and a variety of desserts. Even a picky eater won’t go home hungry.
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What better way to celebrate the holidays than to bundle up, grab some Art of Tea, and take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. All of the bright lights, Christmas decor, and holiday tunes playing are a sure way to put you in a jolly mood.
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As we welcome the month of December, the temperatures have dropped and the air has a cold bite to it (even in Los Angeles, it has been getting pretty chilly at night!) What better way to stay warm than a nice hot cup of Art of Tea, a fire and good conversation. See our snowed in guide for what we think include all the fixings of a wonderful evening indoors.
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Welcome to the updated Art of Tea blog! Over the next few weeks you will start to see some changes to the format and content of our blog. You can expect to find recipes, photographs, fun facts, lifestyle guides, hidden gems in Los Angeles and everything that inspires us here at Art of Tea. Join us in our journey and discover what we find as we go.
It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that I was writing a new year’s resolution post about the paleo diet. With the year almost over, I’m inspired to look back at my personal goals and declarations I made at the beginning of the year. One of my resolutions was to show gratitude daily.
In light of Thanksgiving tomorrow, it seems even more fitting to talk about giving thanks. When I think of Thanksgiving, I immediately think of an indulgent meal with turkey and all the fixings enjoyed with family and friends. Not to mention the following day is known as Black Friday, a day devoted to getting what you want and need or think you need. It’s easy to forget that this is a holiday of gratitude. I made gratitude a part of my resolution to remind myself to step back from all the daily commotion in life. These include material things I may want or things I need to do. Rather I wanted to focus on being grateful for the present, for things I have and people who are a part of my life now. I wanted to focus on being more aware of my surroundings and appreciate life like a flower blooming, a sunset, or the sound of the waves crashing. I think it’s so important to acknowledge what and who you are grateful for in life and express it as often as you can. Showing gratitude can be as simple as smiling back at someone.
The recent natural disaster, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, which is where many of my relatives currently live. Fortunately, they were not directly affected, but this tragedy is yet another reminder to be thankful. There are many things in life taken for granted, so I invite you to join me in giving thanks and expressing this gratitude more often. You can start by making a list of things you are grateful for. Look at this list whenever you’re having a challenging day, and it might change your perspective of your bad day. Add on and share the list with someone you love.
Coupled with showing gratitude, it’s a great time to revisit tapping out of technology to tap in to tea. Since tea has natural calming effects for the body, this is the perfect vessel to continue the positivity. Last May, Art of Tea spearheaded a digital detox campaign to unplug from the digital age of phones, computers, social media, etc. to focus on a tea experience to refocus on the beauty and appreciation of life. Check out the post for more details. Happy Thanksgiving!
In our neck of the woods, it’s finally beginning to cool off after our extended summer and come into the perfect weather to curl up with a cup of tea. A time-honored brew to warm you up from the inside during these cooler months is a Chai Masala, or tea with spices. In India, every Chai-wallah has their own special recipe to create this sweet, rich treat. And now you can make your very own Chai Masala from scratch by following these simple steps:
(makes four 8 oz servings)
10 tsp Tali’s Masala Chai
2 cups hot water
2 cups milk
Sugar to taste
Simmer 10 tsp of Tali’s Masala Chai in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Add milk and sugar (normally 4 tsp) and bring to a simmer. Do not allow to boil. Strain and serve.
You can also substitute other darker, rich black teas in this recipe. Suggestions might be Pumpkin Spice Chai, Cinnamon Fig, or try it with our Classic Black for a Royal Milk Tea.
Fall is in the horizon, which means apple season is just about here! Even though you can get delicious and ripe apples all year long, fall marks the season of apples, so it’s only fitting to spotlight Art of Tea’s growing selection of apple teas! The perfect balance of sweet and tart apple flavors were fused together to create signature blends: Apple Pie, AppleTEA’ni, and a newly launched fall inspired tea called Turkish Apple.
Apple pie is an all time American favorite served at holiday parties with the family or the Fourth of July BBQ. We wanted to create a tea to replicate the warm and comforting flavors of this classic and well-loved American dessert. This caffeine free tisane is a rooibos medley of honeybush, cinnamon, apple bits, coconut, ginger, pink peppercorn, black peppercorn and nutmeg. Art of Tea’s Apple Pie is a guilt free dessert tea that you can enjoy all day long. It smells like a homemade apple pie fresh out of the oven. Enjoy Apple Pie tea hot, cold or even make your own libation like an apple cider featured in a past blog article.
Along with Apple Pie, Art of Tea’s AppleTEA’ni made its debut last year. This is a tea version of an apple martini (appletini for short), a popular cocktail containing vodka and apple flavoring from juice, liqueur, etc. On the sweeter side, AppleTEA’ni is caffeinated with Yun Wu green tea, balanced with sweetness from green rooibos, apple bits, cinnamon and pinched with spice from ginger. This is the perfect mocktail (alcohol free beverage) because it’s also great over ice.
After a slew of requests, we were inspired to create our newest apple tea called Turkish Apple, which is based on Turkish tea, a popular tea among Persians and Turkish speaking cultures. Traditionally, Turkish tea is a strong brew of black tea served in small glasses. Accordingly, we matched the flavors with potent black teas coupled with cinnamon. This robust blend provides bold flavors that will uplift and comfort you throughout the day.
Yerba Mate (mah-tay) and Guayusa (why-you-suh) are widely becoming popular tea alternatives because of their bold caffeine content and pronounced antioxidant properties similar to tea. The cousins derive from caffeinated holly trees found in the South American rain forests. Yerba Mate like pu-erh tea, is very earthy tasting and may take some getting used to in order to fully appreciate its unique flavor. Since mate is so earthy, I enjoy it with half a teaspoon of agave, which beautifully elevates mate’s natural, yet subtle sweeter notes. Guayusa on the other hand, is a bit sweeter but upholds that earthiness profile in taste and aroma. Guayusa has a lighter more balanced earthiness coupled with sweetness. Check out Art of Tea’s growing selection of Yerba Mate and Guayusa Blends featuring handcrafted fusions made by Art of Tea’s expert blenders.
Two recently premiered fusions are Tropical Mate and Cucumber Mint Guayusa. These blends are new to the iced tea line but are not limited to iced teas. They are sold in the new 2 quart iced tea pyramid retail packs as well!
Tropical Mate is a Yerba Mate blend that combines sweet and tart flavors. It is truly a tropical medley consisting of hibiscus and Schizandra berries, the 5-flavored berry! Tropical Mate also contains green rooibos and tulsi, which add more sweetness to this blend that receives a double dose of caffeine from the mate and organic jasmine green tea. Overall, this is a tasty caffeinated tisane full of flavor and character. It brews a blood orange hue and smells divinely sweet, starting off how it smells, but provides a tarty finish.
Guayusa is the base for Cucumber Mint Guayusa. This is a refreshing fusion combining spearmint with natural cucumber flavors. Caffeinated from the Guayusa, this more straightforward blend smells so minty that it will be hard for any mint lover to resist. Cucumber Mint showcases a balance of mint and earthy flavors rounded by a pure sweetness. It is amazing over ice but equally uplifting hot.
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