Hot Tea Month- Rose Tea

It’s National Hot Tea Month! A few days ago I shared with you my go to tea- a bagged green tea from Costco. Today I am sharing a milk tea made with a blend of matcha, sencha, and rose petals is a sweet and creamy afternoon tea. One of my new favorite teas is rose tea. I first tried a version of this at a place called Half & Half Teahouse. Their version was a little too sweet and had boba in it. I have decided my favorite way to enjoy rose tea is with a little milk and honey.

Rose tea has a beautiful delicate flavor and is already somewhat sweet so be careful not to over sweeten it. I sometimes like to make it into a latte and add a tiny bit of vanilla as well. Sometimes I mix it with the Ito En green tea blend I mentioned in my last post.Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

There are some benefits to drinking rose tea- many studies have found that rose tea helps reduce menstrual cramps and can ease the pain of heavy periods. It is also good for the digestive system and urinary tract and it is caffeine free and works to reduce stress so it makes for a great drink after dinner before bed time.Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

I have only used dried petals to make my tea, but fresh petals can be used as well. If you use fresh petals, they are best harvested in the early morning, and you should remove the white base part of the petals as they have a bitter taste to them.  I get my rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love this website because their products are all high quality and organic with a large number also being certified fair trade, sustainable, kosher or wild harvested and you can buy in bulk or in smaller quantities for very reasonable prices. You could also try making a blend of rose hips, rose petal, dried strawberries and jasmine for a sweet and aromatic cup of tea. Maybe I will experiment with a recipe for that blend soon, but for now enjoy this rose tea the way I typically make it.

Green and Rose Tea with Milk| Glitter It Gold

Rose Milk Tea

  1. Steep 1 TBS dried rose petals in 4 oz of boiling water for 5 minutes. Then add 1 tea bag of the matcha/sencha blend mentioned in previous post for 30 seconds. Strain tea using a fine mesh strainer. If you are using a different type of tea check the steep time and add it to the water when there is that amount of time left (5 minutes minus steep time is when you should add the tea).
  2. Add 4 oz of steamed or warm milk (I use cashew milk), and 1 tsp of honey or sweetener of choice.

National Hot Tea Month

January is National Hot Tea Month, which is awesome because I needed a reason to like this month  because, let’s face it, I am a total wimp in cold weather and my skin gets all dry and painful because of the weather and then there’s the holiday hangover from all the fun festivities of the prior month(s). So as much as I hate the cold, dry holiday hangover month, I love hot tea. I have it almost every day.  A hot cup of tea is like a hug on the inside, it warms the soul, brightens the mood, and calms the nerves; especially in the cold winter months.

I was trying to come up with a posting plan revolving around tea for this month, but that was before my dog tore his ACL and I had to help my sister move home from Colorado and take a last minute trip to the CES show in Las Vegas- all within the first 10 days of the month. Now, here we are at the 12th and I am just sharing my first post. So, in order to not over burden myself I am going to share just a few of my favorite teas and ways to enjoy it.

There are so many kinds of tea, I almost don’t know where to start. There is a tea for every time of day, for every mood, for every ailment, and for every person. The ones I am sharing are just my absolute favorites, but I encourage everyone to try a few new teas this month. If you need a recommendation please leave a comment and I would be happy to help you pick one.

The first tea I want to share with you is my absolute favorite tea, the one I drink 3-5 times a week: green tea. There are so many varieties of green tea and ways that it is dried and prepared that it can be overwhelming to find your favorite. Mine is a blend of sencha and matcha that I buy at Costco. It comes in a box of 100 and it takes me approximately 9 months to use the box (completely on my own as my husband doesn’t drink tea).Favorite Green Tea | Glitter It Gold

This tea is similar to the kind often served as Japanese sushi bars and restaurants. I usually drink it plain and hot but I have also turned it into a green tea latte with a little bit of vanilla and also had it iced and no matter how you make it it is delicious. I always prefer loose leaf tea over tea bags, but this tea is my exception. Having a good tea in individual tea bag form is convenient for work or travel and with this tea I don’t sacrifice as much quality and taste as I would with many other types of store brand teas. If you don’t have a Costco membership you can still buy this tea on Amazon, although the price is higher.Favorite Green Tea | Glitter It Gold

I love that this tea only takes 30 seconds to brew in hot water, and can be brewed with cold water in about 3 minutes. It has no bitterness to it, even if it is over steeped. And look at that bright green color! That is the color green tea should be, not brown like it often is with cheap low quality tea. These are my three favorite ways to drink this tea. Enjoy!

  1. Hot- according to directions on each tea bag.
  2. Cold- Fill a mason jar 3/4 full of cold water, add a tea bag and steep for 3 minutes, shaking/stirring in between. Remove tea, add coconut sugar or agave to taste, top with ice and enjoy.
  3. Tea Latte- Pour 4 oz boiling water over 2 tea bags, steep 45 seconds then remove. Add 2 tsp vanilla syrup, then pour 4 oz steamed milk into glass, sprinkle top with powder leftover in the tea package.