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I’ll share the pictures of the high tea Andy and I went to on Saturday tomorrow. Today I wanted to tell you guys about something really cool that we found while we were wondering around the tea shop before hand. While there were tons of things to be seen, my gaze kept coming back to the display of bottles of Evy Tea by the register. I couldn’t figure out what they were. Yes, the packaging said “tea”, but it looked more like honey or perhaps some sort of infused wine. As we were settling up the check, I finally broke down and asked the owner. She told us they were special cold brewed tea blends, and she offered to let us try the three different flavors.
- Amber Oolong Tea with Rosemary & Orange Zest – As something to drink, I don’t think I’d want to have this particular blend again. I like Oolong just fine, and the orange zest was a nice complement to the flavor, but the rosemary, the rosemary was crazy strong. I do think this would be a great cooking liquid for savory foods. I told Andy that I thought it would be great to cook something like a pork roast in. He said he would gladly play taste tester since I don’t eat pork anymore.
- Decaf Green Tea with Fig & Pomegranate – This blend was delightfully earthy. A good strong green tea base that when paired with the fig and pomegranate resulted in a dark almost tabacco-y flavor. I think when I try this again I’d like it even better with a bit of sugar added.
- Moonlight White Tea with Apricot & Jasmine – Of the three, this was without a doubt my favorite. The base white tea was mild and allowed the delicate jasmine to shine. The apricot was strong and fruity, which was surprising because there wasn’t any sweetness in the overall flavor.
Andy and I joked that this is our version of wine tasting. We went home with a bottle each of the green tea and the white tea. We have a couple of friends who are tea enthusiasts as well, and we figured we could use them as a host or hostess gift the next time we had dinner together. Once again, just like wine 😉
While it’s not quite as muggy further up the east coast, my New York friends have been reporting wickedly harsh days in the mid to high 90’s. I can only imagine what it must be like trying to find a breeze in a city of glass and concrete, and I truly feel for you guys. At least in Florida we expect for it to be stupidly hot this time of year. In the south, you learn early on how to beat the heat. Avoid cooking in doors (yes, that’s why we all have grills), keep any unnecessary lights turned off, sit in front of the fan and most importantly, keep the iced beverages coming. Trust me, the iced beverages are the key, you really really have to make sure to stay hydrated. I speak from unpleasant experience. Here are some fun ways to make your drinks a little more interesting.
Fancy Ice Cubes:
Berry Mint Ice Cubes
Perfect for jazzing up a boring glass of water, these ice cubes are very easy to make. Just put a mint leaf and your berry of choice in each compartment of the ice tray, fill the rest of the way with water, freeze and enjoy. Larger berries like straw berries may have to be halved or quartered to fit.
Coffee/Tea Ice Cubes
Here in the south, sweet tea is a staple in almost every household. Heck, I’ve consumed so much tea in my 26, i’m surprised it’s not running through my veins. And to me, nothing ruins a refreshing glass of tea faster than melted ice. To prevent this fill your ice trays with sweet tea, freeze and problem solved. This work with iced coffee as well. You hear that Starbucks? Seriously, you might want to consider this.
Layered Ice Cubes
A little more labor intensive, these ice cubes are great for giving your lemonade or iced tea a little some thing special. Pour a layer of fruit juice into your ice tray, freeze, then repeat. Keep going until you have the visual result you want, or you run out of room. I’m thinking strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Or you can go the extra mile and incorporate a layer of fruit puree.
My only other beverage advice, straws. Wacky straws make everything better.
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