Teas To Cure The Winter Blues

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It’s the time of year where everything is cloudy, grey, and sunny days are few and far between. Dearies, I have the time to hang around the kitchen window and soak up the precious few rays of sunlight that drift in. But for most of you busy folks out there, it’s hard to find a cure for those winter blues. Well, leave it to me, I have thought up a helpful remedy! Fragrant teas sure to give you the feeling of warm sunshine with each sip. Surrounding yourself with beautiful tea will do wonders for your mood. Here are a few types to keep an eye out for:

Lemon and Ginger- These two ingredients bring sunshine and tropics. It’s sure to immediately lift your mood. Simply grate a teaspoon of ginger in a cup, squeeze in a large wedge of lemon and pour in the hot water. Steep at least 5 minutes before enjoying. The smell alone with bring you a jolt of happiness. One of Kat’s friends grew up in Trinidad, and she said they served ginger tea for every occasion. Just a sip can bring her back to the deep blue sea and bright sunshine. Kat often adds a dash of honey to the cup, to round out the flavors.

Peppermint- I like steeping up some fresh peppermint if Kat can find it, but bagged mint tea will do nicely as well. The fresh herbal flavor will evoke images of lush herb gardens in the summertime. Just inhale that wonderful minty flavor and remember that spring isn’t too far away.

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Fruity blends- Choose blends with fruit flavors and aromas. Anything with berries, and/or fruit work nicely. In the winter Kat often reaches for Private Selection Acai, pomegranate, and blueberry green tea. Her mother enjoys sending her tea care packages from time to time, and this tea from Kroger came in her last shipment. As soon as the hot water hit this tea, the aroma uplifts her mood. The sweet, fruity pomegranate and blueberry flavor bring an inner sunshine to the day. The flavor is strong and juicy, so Kat doesn’t normally take any sweetener, but a touch of honey would also be lovely. This would be a fantastic refreshing iced tea as well! The flavor evokes picnics in a sunny meadow where wild berries grow.

These are just a few ideas to melt away those winter blues. Do you have any of your own winter go-to teas? I’d love to give Kat even more ideas!

Festive Holiday Tea Cocktails

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Dearies, it’s time to start decking the halls, and lighting up trees and menorahs! My favorite thing about this time of year is the parties. I love to watch Kat throw festive gatherings with lots of colorful, sparkly decorations. Everyone dresses up, and the house feels warm and inviting. My cup feels all tingly just thinking about it.

For this year’s holiday party, I’ve been collaborating with Kat on a few fun, colorful cocktails. Pomegranate juice is delicious and has that beautiful festive red holiday hue. For a twist on a sweet tea and pomegranate, Kat loves this recipe.

Continuing on the pomegranate theme, add a bit of bubbly to your festive holiday gathering. Kat and I have created the perfect champagne tea cocktail. We decided to make the drink with HEB pomegranate green tea. Kat didn’t think she could find a pomegranate tea in the grocery store but she was happily surprised when she found it sitting on the shelf. When she saw it, she knew she had to have it- she loves the flavor and color of pomegranates. This tea is delicately grassy with juicy, tart pomegranate, and hibiscus flavor. There is a touch of citrus as well. The beautiful bright color is perfect for this cocktail.

  • 8 ounces water (boiling)
  • one bag of HEB Pomegranate Green Tea
  • 8 ounces of Champagne or sparkling wine
  • fresh pomegranate seeds (about 1/4 cup)

Steep the teabag in boiling water for 5 minutes, and discard bag. You can do this in a mug to make things easy. Once the tea is completely cooled, add to a festive glass and top with champagne. We like to use old fashioned coupe glasses but any lovely glass will do. Garnish with lots of fresh pomegranate seeds. Be careful getting those seeds out! It can be a very messy task. Kat likes to cut the pomegranate in half, and then turn one end over a bowl and give it a few good whacks with a wooden spoon. The seeds come raining down into the bowl. You can easily make this cocktail non-alcoholic by adding sparkling cider instead of the Champagne. The kids will love feeling all grown up with their fancy mocktail!

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For something with a bit of holiday warmth, we love this whiskey tea hot toddy recipe. This sweet, spicy, and warm drink will melt the chill and get you ready for an evening of revelry.  Kat’s friends have been a little obsessed with hot toddies lately. They’ve been making them on the weekends before dinner, and after chilly hikes outside. Kat said she’s even seen a few pop up at her favorite restaurant bar menus.

The appearance of your drinks is almost as important as the taste (As a beautiful teacup, I should know!). Get creative with your glasses and stirrers. One of my favorite additions is to sprinkle some edible gold stars in and around your cocktails! They can be found in baking stores and many places online. Little touches such as these make everything feel more special.

So tell me dearies, are you going have a holiday gathering? What cocktails are you planning on serving? I hope you add tea to your holiday gatherings for a little extra cheer.