It’s that time of the year again!
On the up side, it’s the coming together of family and good friends, to share in laughter, love and warmth. On the slightly down side, it can be overwhelming in terms of the demands and obligations. Then for some, there’s the added dramas and conflict that may arise from past issues that seem to surface during close reunions, especially after excessive drinks and foods as well!
So in general, I tend to classify this season as the season of excessiveness, in every sense, mental, emotional, financial and physical.
What do you think?!
This blog comes with a heartfelt Thank you for connecting with me, here and/or at the Nannup teashop. Thanks for sharing in the passion with teas. As we celebrate Christmas in our own ways, big or small, and then as we wrap up 2019, in a huge or quiet way, I’d like to also share with you how teas can still be a balancing and fun part of this season.
How to use Teas creatively for Festivities
How do you add tea to your festive season dishes and drinks? Tea doesn’t have to be just that “cuppa tea” at the end of the meal. Various teas are packed with flavours and textures that can complement your meals. Use teas creatively to add another dimension to this season.
🌿 Add teas to your favourite spirit and invent a new mixed drink or better still, whip up a tea cocktail e.g. try cold Earl Grey with your vodka and orange, or Lapsang souchong with a touch of rum and soda!
🌿 Make a tea punch with added cut fresh fruits in the mix with our Berries of the Forest tea. Add strawberry pieces, blueberries or watermelon pieces.
Or for the ginger lovers, a Lemon and Ginger tea punch with lots of added spices and cinnamon scrolls and fennel fronds floating of the surface. Add a splash of your favourite alcoholic spirit for the punch. Be creative.
🌿 Make jugs of beautiful iced tea with Honeybush, Honeybush Florals, Rooibos, Caramel Rooibos, Vanilla Rooibos, Berries or Lemon and Ginger tea as a delicious alternative to sugary drinks. Or basically with any of your favourite tea, as iced teas. Generally when making iced teas, brew the tea to double or triple the strength (i.e. use double the amount of leaves) then let them sit to cool, overnight if possible, for the flavours to soak into itself. Then bottle and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Add ice cubes and slices of lemon and fresh mint leaves and voila, you’ve got the yummiest freshest thirst quencher for our hot summery Christmas.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, nothing beats a freshly brewed hot pot of Chai and Chai Latte for your cold Christmas. Add extra fresh cloves and cinnamon, and they are the vibes of Christmas indeed.
🌿 Teas hot or cold can be paired with various foods just like wines (for those who don’t drink alcohol or are a designated driver). They complement the flavours of your foods by cleansing your palate and add another balancing note, while helping wash down your scrumptious festive meals. Generally,
– Green teas go well with lighter dishes like salads, fish, chicken, rice, noodles, etc.
– Black teas from Ceylon OP to Black Assam go well with red meats and venison, and light spices.
– Smoky teas like Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan complements spicy Indian, Mexican and Moroccan dishes.
– Herbal tisanes are beautiful as after dinner drinks or in between meals (cleanses and detoxes). Excellent as rehydration as well, to help pace out the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
* Stronger black teas like Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and smoky Lapsang Souchong (with or without a dash of milk) are lovely after dinner with cheeses and desserts. Or if you’re a green tea lover like myself, robust Gunpowder Green, China Green or a lighter Jasmine Green. Green teas help metabolise fats, excellent after a heavy meal.
If you’re intolerant to caffeine, Berries of the Forest, Honeybush and Rooibos are perfect either by themselves or to go with your sweets.
🌿 Scatter teas onto your fresh and cooked foods for that added flavour, texture and colour. After all Tea is the noble herb. They are dried plants with goodness and flavour packed in.
Festive season doesn’t have to be an over indulgence on inflammatory and acidic excess. It’s a season to enjoy good company, catchups and share love with close family and friends.
As you party fully but gently, you’ll be able to have plenty of energy left to nurture yourself at the last hours of 31st Dec 2019. You’ll be able to sip and relax while reflecting on what’s gone and going, and the exciting unknown to come. Your mind, body and soul will thank you. As you take care of them, they will rightly take care of you too! For many vibrant years to come.
Until next year, have a safe, merry, enjoyable and meaningful holiday festive season to you and yours, beautiful tea lovers! With tea sunshine and love to you and yours!
Hop on to our Store and get your teas and refills, and get creative!
We’ll love to hear about it.