The Tea Trends of 2015

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Dearies as you know, I’m a technically savvy teacup. I may be a bit of an antique, but I know how to get around the internet! One of my favorite things to do is read about emerging trends. I like to keep up with this ever-changing world of tea! Since the new year has begun, I was curious to see what the tea trends were for 2015 and what’s still hot for the new year. Here’s what this old teacup discovered:

Interesting blends: It appears that interesting tea blends using more than just black tea have become quite popular. Natural fruit flavors and pure herbal teas have proven to be very popular. I’ve noticed turmeric making a frequent appearance, especially during cold and flu season. Turmeric is very earth on its own, and Kat has done some research on just the right recipe to balance the flavor with a bit of sweetness. Here’s how she’s currently making her turmeric tea:

1 cup milk (of any type) or water

2 tsps of dried turmeric

1 tsp of dried ginger

Lemon and honey to taste

Dash of black pepper (optional)

Simmer the spices with the water or milk until everything is incorporated. Kat also likes to add the honey in while the brew is very hot. Drink and enjoy!

Matcha is still a popular trend: It seems like the world has gone crazy for matcha this year! If you look at social media it appears that everyone is drinking, baking, and cooking with it. I’ve heard Kat’s friends talk about how they are perfecting their matcha whisking skills in order to have the perfectly frothy morning bowl of the energizing tea. Kat has been to ‘Matcha Meditation’ classes where they’ve discussed how to be mindful when preparing and drinking your tea. She’s had cups of matcha and matcha lattes in many different cafes. This is definitely a trend that I can get behind. Matcha is tasty, energizing, and so versatile!

Tea Cocktails: Cocktails infused with tea has been very popular this year as well, and the trend looks as if it will continue. I’ve read endless articles suggesting tea cocktail combinations. I’ve even posted a few of my own (remember this?)! There are now tea mixers on the market that you can purchase so you don’t even need to steep your tea yourself. You simply add the pre-made mixer to your spirit of choice. Kat has been to a few bars in the area that have created their own tea infused cocktail creations. She was delighted to see tea on the cocktail menu!

What other tea trends have you noticed popping up? It’s definitely going to be an exciting year for tea!

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The Joys of Ginger

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Ginger is just the perfect spice for the holidays. It’s zing and warmth adds flavor to beverages and baked goods. You’ll find it in cookies, cakes, pies and cocktails. Of course, I thin the best form to enjoy ginger is in tea! Ginger tea is not only flavorful, but it tames the tummy after too many holiday treats. It even helps to soothe your throat if you’re feeling a bit rundown after all the holiday shopping and festivities.

When Kat wants an immediate cup of ginger tea, she reaches for HyVee Ginger Herbal Tea. This tea is perfect for an afternoon or evening relaxing cup, since it is completely caffeine free. She always has a box on hand during the holidays. The zippy ginger flavor feels more festive with the additional peppermint, cinnamon, and fennel notes in the tea. There is even a sweet floral hint of chamomile that helps with relaxation. The flavors make her think of sitting in warm slippers on a snowy night.

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Kat often carries this tea in her purse while she’s doing her holiday shopping. Taking a break with this tea helps melt away the stress from the bustling crowds. Kat first had this tea when she visited an old college friend. They spent hours catching up, reliving precious college memories, and sipping this warming tea. Kat always thinks of her friend when she brews up this tea. She often shares this tea with friends when they are feeling a bit under the weather. Adding a drop of honey to the tea makes a soothing brew for achy bones and sore throats. A squeeze of lemon also helps ease sniffles. Making a warm cup of comforting tea to a friend who is not feeling her best is an act of holiday kindness. The tea feels like a warm, loving hug.

Making a pot of fresh ginger tea is a lovely accompaniment to those adorable gingerbread cookies at your holiday gatherings. Pairing the tea with rich dark chocolate is also a flavorful snack to add to your holiday table. Ginger pairs with creamy desserts, and would be an interesting complement to a cheese plate. It also works well as a palate cleanser. Kat sometimes serves little cups of ginger tea after dinner, but before dessert. It gets the palate ready for those sweet bites.

Be sure to add some ginger tea to your holidays this year! What do you think you’ll pair it with?