Social Tea – How to Create Warmth, Welcome and Community with Tea

Let me take you somewhere new for a moment. You’re in India on a crowded street first thing in the morning. Despite the early hour, the air is thick with humidity and that humidity locks all the smells in the air; the dust kicked up from the sidewalk, the spices boiling in the morning dal, and, on every corner you turn, the spicy sweet aroma of masala chai tea.

Let’s try a new place. We’re going to Morocco now. You’re by the ocean, sitting in a café overlooking the sea where you can smell the salt in the air. An elegantly adorner silver pot is put before you, suffused with the unforgettable aroma of sweet, mint green tea.

Maybe these places are too exotic for you. We can go to France instead, a city where the evenings are filled with music and the plates are decorated with pastries so beautiful it’s difficult to eat them. The tea is dark and familiar even if the sidewalks and architecture are relics of romanticized history.

These are a few examples, but no matter where you go in the world, tea has its own distinct culture. Despite the differences, there’s a common thread uniting these people, cultures, and histories across the globe and that’s community. Where there’ a hub for tea, there are people gathering to share ideas and enjoy each other’s companionship. No matter if you’re drinking tea in India, China, Japan, Pakistan, or right in your own home, you can embrace a world-wide culture of community.

Ever since I began drinking tea, it became bonded to my identity among close friends. If they came over to talk, they knew a pot of tea would be waiting. Sometimes they brought over little sweets in anticipation. All around the world tea houses and tea rooms are places for individuals of like and unlike minds to gather and converse, to laugh, and build a family outside of blood ties.

Inviting someone into your space and offering them a warm, comforting beverage shows an openness and trust that’s easy to respond to in kind. I’ve made countless friends and developed some of the deepest relationships of my life while sharing a cup of tea. It brings out the stories in people; It brings out the laughter. How could it not when tea itself has inspired countless legends- when it’s traveled so far through history to be in your cup?

With a few subtle touches, tea drinking can transform a cozy night into a romantic candlelit evening. Try adding dried rose petals to your favorite jasmine tea. The fragrance will fill the room without the need for heavy scented candles. (And it pairs great with chocolate.) Or, you can try your hand at making the Strawberry Rose Latte which I’ll tell you how to make in just a bit. Trust me, it’s easier than you might think.

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What you need:

  • 16 oz boiled water
  • 1 tbsp Strawberry Rose Oolong tea
  • Honey or Agave (about 1 tbsp if desired)
  • 4 oz milk of choice
  • Whipped cream
  • Dried rose petals
  • Dried strawberry pieces or powder
  • A ton of Love

 

Steep the tea in the water for 3 minutes or longer if you like your tea strong as I do, and add the sweetener you like. While that’s brewing, froth your milk. If you don’t have a frother then heating it up will do just fine. Adding cold milk to tea is fine, but it will make the tea room temperature instead of hot.

Add it all together, and top with whipped cream, roses and strawberries.

This tea makes a great dessert, especially paired with chocolate covered strawberries. Not only is it sweet and warming, but the oolong tea will help you digest the dinner you likely had first.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or life partners, I hope you enjoy their company around your favorite tea knowing you’re following the example of cultures and communities around the world.

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Stay healthy and drink lots of tea.

Melissa ~ Tea Barista

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Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

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Light, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants & fat-burning properties!

It’s impossible to imagine summer without ICE CREAM! We have an easy & healthy DIY ice cream recipe to share with you…Matcha Coconut Ice Cream. Try it with either Original Matcha or Raspberry Matcha.


Ingredients

  • 2 15oz cans of full fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
    • chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, & shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together with an electric mixer or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a freezer safe pan with parchment paper (we recommend a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan).
  4. Pour ice cream mixture into pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in the freezer overnight to allow ice cream to fully freeze.
  6. Allow to sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften before serving. Enjoy!

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TEA-Garitas Anyone? DIY Tea Cocktails

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here & margaritas are on everyone’s mind! Put a spin on a classic & get mixing with TEA.

A lot of restaurants & bars use margarita mix, which is loaded with sugar, empty calories & artificial ingredients (leaving you with a terrible headache the next morning!)

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Try a TEA-GARITA instead! Tea is a healthy low-calorie mixer.

Celebrate while replenishing your body with antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. Plus you’ll love trying a unique & delicious take on a classic.

Get steeping at home with 3 Refreshing, Healthy & Easy Tea Cocktail Recipes!


 

Watermelon Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila
  • 3 oz Sweet Watermelon Tea
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt (for rimming glass) optional
  • fresh berries to garnish

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs of Sweet Watermelon in 3 oz boiling water for 3 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let tea cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling, prepare cocktail glass with salt rim if desired (*see below for easy DIY tip). 
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Garnish & enjoy!

 


 

Starfruit Green Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Reposado Tequila
  • 3 oz Starfruit Green Tea
  • 2 tbs fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • pineapple slices

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs Starfruit Green in 3 oz of under-boiled water (170°F) for 2 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let tea cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling, prepare cocktail glass & lime juice.
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Top it off with lime juice, garnish & enjoy!

 


Tangerine Ginger Margarita

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Tangerine Ginger Tea
  • 2 tbs fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbs Agave
  • lemon/orange slice to garnish

Directions:

  1. Steep 1 tbs Tangerine Ginger in 3 oz of boiling water for 3 minutes. While tea is steeping sweeten with agave.
  2. Strain out tea leaves & let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. While tea is cooling prepare cocktail glass & orange juice.
  4. Fill glass with ice then pour in tea & tequila.
  5. Top it off with orange juice, garnish & enjoy!

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Enjoy your Tea-Garitas & celebrations, and be safe!

Try this recipe at home? Tag us in your photos on Instagram, we’d love to hear from you!


Enjoy your margarita with salt?

*To Rim Glass: Run a lime wedge along the rim of your cocktail glass. Pour 1/4 cup coarse salt onto a small plate. Hold glass upside down & twist the rim in the salt back & forth until its evenly coated.*

Iced Pumpkin Cream Spice Latte

pcs latteRelieve your spring allergies, fight inflammation & reduce stress with ROOIBOS!

Get steeping at home & try our Pumpkin Cream Spice Latte. A warm rooibos blend with masala spice, vanilla, clove, dried pumpkin & cardamom.

It’s delicious iced or hot!

 

ICED PUMPKIN CREAM SPICE LATTE

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Steep teas in 8 oz hot water for 3 minutes.
  2. While tea is steeping stir in sweetener.
  3. Fill cup with 8 oz of ice.
  4. Pour steeped tea over ice.
  5. Top with milk, a dash of cinnamon & enjoy!

Matcha Berry Smoothie Bowl

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There’s nothing like starting off your day with a healthy breakfast. It keeps you full until lunch, nourishes your body, and inspires you to continue making healthy choices throughout the day!

Get blending & try our new favorite Matcha Recipe…MATCHA BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL. It features our ceremonial grade RASPBERRY MATCHA, that’s blended with natural raspberry extract. What’s not love about a quick DIY breakfast that’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, burns fat & packed with fiber?

MATCHA BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 TSP Raspberry Matcha
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  3. Pour into your favorite breakfast bowl.
  4. Top with fun healthy ingredients like chia seeds, shredded coconut, dried fruit etc.
  5. ENJOY!