A Lovely Late Autumn Tea Cocktail

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Late Autumn is such a festive time of year, isn’t it? It seems that as temperatures start to lower, everyone starts having cozy get-togethers and hearty dinner parties. Kat and I have a few delicious tea cocktails in our repertoire, and I thought it would be fun to create another one for this festive time of year.

Since I love all things bubbly I came up with a ginger and pear cocktail that has a lovely little bit of fizz. Pear and ginger are flavors that remind me of fall leaves and crisp weather. I decided to use sweetened ginger tea as the base, add in pear juice, a dash of champagne (or prosecco), and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Put it all together and you have my ginger fizzy pear cocktail!

For this cocktail we used Newman’s Own Organic Ginger Green Tea. This tea combines mellow vegetal green tea with warming ginger. The zingy flavor is enhanced by a bit of lemongrass and rounded out with a pop of mint. It makes the cocktail even more unique. The calming yet invigorating flavor of this tea is perfect for morning sips or afternoon relaxation sessions. Kat’s friend Maeve came across this tea on Amazon.com and decided to give it a try. She shared some with Kat and they’ve been obsessed with it ever since!

Tippy’s Ginger Fizzy Pear Cocktail

Makes 2-3 cocktails

1 cup water

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (we like honey)

1 ginger teabag of choice, or 1 tablespoon diced fresh ginger

¼ cup pear juice

Champagne or prosecco

Put your water in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it boils, turn off the heat and add in your ginger or teabag. If you are using fresh ginger, let steep for 7-10 minutes. If you are using a teabag, 5-7 minutes will do. Once tea is steeped, add in your sweetener and stir until dissolved. Strain and allow to fully cool.

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Once your tea is cool, pour into a champagne flute or coupe glass until about ¼ full. Add in a few tablespoons of pear juice, and top with the bubbly. You can add in a few pieces of chopped pear for a garnish if you’re feeling fancy!

I hope you enjoy all the fun this season has to offer! Cheers my lovely tea friends!

Tippy’s Autumn Mulled Tea Recipe

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There may still be a warm breeze in the air, but very soon things are going to start getting crisp and chilly. The leaves will start to turn, everything will start to smell wonderfully earthy, and Kat will start cooking warm, comforting dishes. It’s my job to get the beverages ready for the cooler weather, and I have the perfect recipe to share with you today. Something comforting, and spicy, like a warm fuzzy sweater in a mug. Have you ever tried mulled cider? It’s warm apple cider with delicious warming spices heated through it. I was thinking about how Char used to make the most wonderful mulled cider, and realized it’s easy to add these flavors to tea. Very similar to masala chai. Who doesn’t love a good chai?

I started with chai and traditional mulled wine in mind, and made a few tweaks. Here’s the delicious recipe I came up with:

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Tippy’s Mulled Tea

3 cups hot water

4 slices of orange peel

4 whole cloves

3 cardamom pods

2 1-inch pieces of cinnamon

1 tsp sliced fresh ginger

3 bags orange spice tea

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Use a peeler to carefully create your orange peel slices. Try to just get the orange part, and not the white bit, as that is a bit bitter Bring the water to a boil, and add the orange peel and spices.

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Lower to a simmer, and let it cheerfully bubble together for 10 minutes. Dearies it’s going to smell amazing in your kitchen! Enjoy that aroma, turn off the heat and add the teabags. Let everything sit for another 5 minutes. Taste, and you can let it sit even longer if you’d like. Strain the mixture. We like to serve the tea in mugs and let our guests add honey to their liking. Or you could add a few tablespoons of honey after you strain the spices.

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I decided to try using Private Selection Orange Spice tea in this mulled brew. One of Kat’s favorite teas, it is a lovely black tea blend that is infused with orange, cinnamon, and cloves. She brings it out as soon as the first few leaves start to lazily float to the ground. A perfect autumn and winter tea, It’s comforting and will enhance all of the wonderful mulling spices.

This is the perfect drink to whip up when you’re feeling chilled and in need of some comfort. It’s also well suited for a gathering- your friends will smell the warm spicy aroma as soon as they enter the front door. Happy mulling!

Maple Flavors In Tea

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As the weather gets a bit chillier, the flavors in Kat’s food and drink slowly start to change. She adds warming spices, citrus, and maple syrup! I remember a very long time ago when Char took me on a maple sugaring adventure. We learned how to tap the trees to slowly collect the sap (I was very impatient!) and we visited the sugaring shack to learn how to process that liquid gold. The smell of boiling maple syrup was heavenly. The day was so chilly, and it was almost impossible to sit on my saucer since it was so cold! But we warmed up with a little tea picnic. Char was brewing a lovely cinnamon tea, and decided to add a bit of the maple syrup she had just purchased to sweeten it up. What an inspired idea! Char loved it so much that she shared this sweet wintertime secret with Kat.

Kat decided she could take the maple flavor a step further, and create an even more satisfying sweet drink. For a delicious tea infused with maple syrup, Kat makes this lovely sweet treat:

1 Cup brewed black tea

1 tbsp maple syrup

Whipped cream to taste

½ tsp vanilla

Dash of cinnamon (powdered or freshly ground)

Brew the tea and mix in the maple syrup and vanilla. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon. If you are unable to sit and gaze at the fall leaves, this drink will take you to a mountain vista bursting with fall colors.

You can add a touch of maple syrup to just about any tea for that hint of autumn sweetness. Kat is particularly fond of adding it to rooibos when she’s craving something sweet after dinner.

If you are looking for a tea that already has the maple flavor added in, Kat likes to indulge in “Oh Canada” from DAVIDsTEA. I love the adorable maple leaves! The scent and flavor is completely of maple- sweet, and earthy. It brings to mind a walk in the woods. You can imagine the smoky smell from campfires, and hear the swish of wind rustling the leaves. A friend of Kat’s brought this tea over as a hostess gift, and she was taken with the appearance right away. The scent and flavor of the tea sealed the deal. She brings this out any time she’s craving that maple flavor.

Kat craves maple flavors as soon as the temperature starts to drop. It just makes everything feel cozier. When I smell maple, I imagine thick wool sweaters and warm fuzzy socks. Also, pancakes! Putting a drop of the sweet stuff in your tea is sure to keep you warm all season long.

Taking Tea Outdoors

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I’m a teacup that has been on the go. Char used to carefully stow me in her suitcase on her world-wide adventures, and Kat has taken me jet-setting as well. But sometimes I need to stay at home, especially when rugged outdoor activities are involved. For steep’s sake, I wouldn’t want to risk a chip or crack! There are times like this when Kat has a few other trusty vessels to use.

This time of year, Kat is always on an outdoor excursion. Hiking, apple picking, and leaf peeping. There is so much to do, and she still needs tea to fuel her day. Here are her tips for taking your tea outdoors:

First thing you need to do is get a good tea travel vessel. First, decide on material. Stainless steel is durable, and not too heavy. Double walled glass tumblers are effective and look beautiful, but can be a bit delicate. If you are going to be doing many activities, you may want to stay away from a glass tumbler. Whatever you choose, be sure to get one that has a good seal. You don’t want leaks! Kat’s tumbler is always in her backpack, and any leaks would cause quite a mess. It’s also sad to lose even a drop of tea.

You’ll want a vessel large enough for the amount of tea you’d like to drink. Kat has a few sizes at the ready. A 12 ounce thermos is perfect for a few sips of tea over a short period of time. Kat usually prefers at least 16 or 18 ounces to make sure she has tea for the duration of her outings. There are even larger sizes that are great if you want to bring tea for a small group. If you are purchasing your tumbler online, be sure to read as many reviews as you can and learn the best product for your money. You can also get one that is made to sip right from the top, or there are versions that have a detachable cup.

Once you have your tumbler, you can either brew the tea right in side, or make it in a separate pot and pour in to take with you. Some come with tea infusers or have infuser attachments you can purchase, so you can put loose leaf tea right in there and remove when steeped so the brew doesn’t get bitter.

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Sometimes I will get to participate in her outdoor activities, mostly when it’s a civilized picnic. Kat usually brings her trusty tumbler filled to the brim with hot water, and a few convenient teabags. This way she can make freshly brewed tea for her picnic! You can take enough teabags to brew per cup, or take a small teapot to brew in. If you’re not worried about decorum, you can brew right in the thermos.

These days Kat is carrying orange spice black tea from Private Selection in her tumbler. She’ll either steep it at home and sip it throughout the day, or put a few of the individually wrapped teabags in her backpack to brew up when she’s ready to drink. The warming spices of orange, cinnamon, and clove are perfect paired with an autumn outdoor activity. The sweet and spicy flavors enhance the fall colors and golden sunshine. A co-worker actually gave her a box of this tea as a birthday gift this year. Kat is known as the tea drinker in the office, and she often gets new and interesting teas to try as gifts. As soon as she tasted this tea she knew it would be perfect for fall gatherings and invigorating afternoon walks.

Dearies, now you know there is no need to leave your tea at home! With the right equipment you can take your tea anywhere you want to go. What outdoor activities are you planning for?

A Taste of Autumn Teas

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Dearies, autumn is slowly approaching with crisp earthy breezes and crunchy fall leaves. It is Kat’s favorite time of year! She loves the vibrant colors of falling leaves, and looks forward to the season of apple picking and family gatherings. She enjoys warming up with teas that evoke images of a cuddly warm fire, and baking warm pumpkin pie. She looks for teas that have cranberry, orange, cinnamon, and ginger to enhance autumn flavors.

Her favorite teas of the season are those that are spicy, warming, and cozy. She loves to bake with spices such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, and chooses teas that pair perfectly with this combination. She often will have friends over for a festive fall tea, and serve pumpkin bread along with this HEB Harmony Cranberry Blood Orange tea. A friend first served this tea after a long hike among the crimson leaves, and she couldn’t believe how it enhanced the fall experience. A warm sip of this tea after hiking in the chilly breeze was the perfect way to end the day. The tart cranberry and juicy hints of orange pair perfectly with just about any autumn-spiced snack. You’ll hear the leaves crackling under your feet after just one sip! You can even add a stick of cinnamon to this tea for a sweet and spicy treat.

Another tea she enjoys for more of an unexpected autumn delight is HEB My Cup of Balance Superberry Green tea. Kat picked this tea up a few weeks ago for the blueberry flavor, to pair with breakfast muffins. After tasting it, she was happily surprised by the zesty cranberry essence. Her breakfast-mates were impressed with the strong tangy flavor that holds up to the sweet blueberries. It has become her fall go-to green tea for the sweet and tart berry flavor. The blue and red colors mixed within the green leaves have a festive fall feel. She loves steeping this tea for friends because the cranberry aroma fills the kitchen. It smells just like late autumn family feasts.

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You can use any of these fall flavored teas at your next festive gathering, or even take it with you for a post-hike treat. Kat often has her trusty thermos filled with one of these teas to enjoy during a long autumn day filled with outdoor activities.

So cuddle up under a blanket, sip tea, and watch the leaves slowly dance in the wind! What are your favorite fall flavors? Do you pick teas to match them?