Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup

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These random sunny warm days are making me want to sit on the back porch with a tall glass of iced tea and listen to the birds chip. That sounds really southern, but also pretty heavenly. Today was such a day and we (me and my dog who is kennel bound for his recovery from knee surgery) thoroughly enjoyed getting some vitamin D. And since my grandma sent over a big bag of tangerines I had the idea to make tangerine syrup.

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

This tangerine syrup would be excellent in tea, or in a mojito or margarita. I made a small batch, but this recipe could easily be doubled or tripled for larger batches. Store them in airtight jars in the fridge. If you use this syrup in anything other than tea please share with me!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

First you need to make a simple syrup. Boil equal parts sugar and water until combined, add some lemon zest and tangerine juice and reduce by half. Strain it, cool, and viola!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

I made this tea with the Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea I have talked about before because it can be cold brewed in about 3 minutes. That means this iced tea comes together super fast, no waiting for water to boil or tea to cool, and no watered down tea because you added ice before the tea was cool enough. If you use a different type of tea or choose to brew it in hot water make sure it cools completly before icing so you don’t end up with weak tea. Alternatively you could make it extra concentrated so that the melted ice brings it to the normal strength. The tangerine syrup would be good in any kind of iced tea though, black, white, red…. be creative. I think I will try it in black tea next time, or maybe even a blend of black and green. Hmmmm…..

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: oz
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until it is reduced by half.
  2. Add 2 TBS of tangerine syrup to each 8 oz glass of iced tea, stir, add ice and enjoy.
  3. Cool the extra syrup before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Rooibos Tea- National Hot Tea Month

Ooops! Somehow this didn’t get shared when it was supposed to (back in January). Better late than never?

In celebration of National Hot Tea month I am sharing with you all of my favorite teas, from types and brands, to ways to prepare and enjoy them. Today I am sharing a tea that has been a long time favorite of mine- rooibos. Rooibos is a red herbal tea, it is caffeine free and has a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and is even given to infants in many countries. Rooibos is said to have a long list of health benefits as listed below.

  • Is an anti-inflammatory due to it’s flavenoids
  • Aids in hypertension relief
  • Increases airflow to to the lungs
  • Supports bone and teeth health
  • Aids digestion and reduces pain and inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Improves skin conditions such as acne and has anti-aging properties from alpha hydroxy
  • Prevents Type II diabetes
  • Aids in stress relief by reducing the presence of cortisol, the stress hormone
  • Improves blood circulation

It’s quite a long list, and although we can’t be sure exactly how much it actually does these things, it definitely doesn’t hurt as a positive side effect of enjoying a delicious cup of tea.

Rooibos is often called redbush tea because in the Afrikaans language, “rooibos” means red bush, and the tea was originally grown and prepared in South Africa as an herbal remedy. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the tea grew in popularity. Before that time it was difficult to get and was very expensive. Now the tea is enjoyed all over the world both for it’s health benefits and for it’s unique and wonderful flavor.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

The Chocolate Chai tea I shared in my last post featured a version of rooibos tea called honeybush. The Vanilla Rooibos pictured in this post is finer and more delicate than the honeybush, which appears almost like little pieces of bark or twigs. They have a very similar flavor. The vanilla rooibos requires a very fine mesh strainer or filter, like a paper tea bag pictured below to prevent the tiny pieces from getting out and floating in the tea. The honeybush can be made with any tea strainer or filter. I got my filters from Sur La Table, but I have found a less expensive option at Mountain Rose Herbs where I buy most of my tea.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

If you need to try this tea without committing to buying a whole box/bag of the tea, Starbucks and The Coffee Bean both offer a Vanilla Rooibos tea. I recommend, however, buying the tea in loose leaf form from somewhere like Teavana or Mountain Rose Herbs. The Rooibos Tropica blend in the Teavana link above is delicious iced.

Steep tea for 4 minutes. Remember that if you are making a tea latte, you will need to steep the tea in water for at least 3-4 minutes before adding the steamed milk as tea does not steep well in milk and you may loose concentration of flavor by adding the milk too soon.

Have you tried rooibos tea? What is your favorite blend/flavor?

Chocolate Chai Tea – National Hot Tea Month

I am sitting here on the couch watching “Decoding The Ancients” sipping chai tea, and keeping an eye on my dog to make sure he doesn’t lick. I am bored, until I think to myself, hey, it’s tea month, you’re supposed to be sharing tea and chai tea is on the list, so let’s do it! Viola! I am no longer bored.Chocolate Chai Tea | Glitter It Gold

One of my favorite beverages is chai tea. I love the warmth of the spices, it is the tea I always want when it is rainy and gloomy and I need a mood booster. Please make this tea, it has a lengthy ingredient list but it really isn’t hard and it is SO worth it. Today I made it with cacao nibs and I believe this is my new favorite version. When possible I try to make my chai tea completely from scratch, the difference in taste is incredible.Chocolate Chai Tea | Glitter It Gold

I also like to use whole spices in combination with ground spices, you can get a strong flavor with ground spices but they can be difficult to strain out making the tea gritty. If you use whole spices, you need to simmer longer and use a little more than with ground spices. Most of the spices you probably have most of the spices on hand anyways. I make sure to always have freshly minced ginger by peeling my ginger and pulsing in a food processor until minced. Then I spread it out on a baking sheet and freeze it, then place into a freezer bag so I have it on hand at all times.Chocolate Chai Tea | Glitter It Gold

This specific recipe is for the spices I have on hand and uses both whole and ground spices, but feel free to mix it up. I like a lot of ginger and black pepper in mine, but that’s not your thing then cut back a little. Try adding in other flavors, or using different sweeteners for subtle differences in flavor. I like to use cashew milk, raw sugar, and Honeybush Tea because it is caffeine free and has a natural sweetness to it. Black, green, and other red or herbal teas will also work. Chocolate Chai Tea | Glitter It Gold

Honeybush tea is another one of my favorite teas, one that I also get from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It has a flavorful and sweet almost honey like taste and is caffeine free. I highly recommend this tea to anyone just starting to drink teas or is wanting to switch from artificially flavored bagged teas to natural loose leaf tea. It is great iced too, I once added pureed mango to ice honeybush tea and it was delightful. Anyone else a fan of this tea?Chocolate Chai Tea | Glitter It Gold

 

Chocolate Chai Tea
Print Recipe
A warm and spicy chocolate chai tea made with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and honeybush tea.
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Chocolate Chai Tea
Print Recipe
A warm and spicy chocolate chai tea made with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and honeybush tea.
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Place the spices and the water in a small pot and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until it is reduced by half.
  2. Remove from heat and add the tea. Steep for 5 minutes, then strain into a tea pot using a fine mesh sieve.
  3. Heat milk in a pot over medium/low heat, being careful not to scald the milk or boil it. Add the sweetener of choice and stir until dissolved. Then pour it into the tea pot with the tea, stir to combine and serve.
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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.