raise your glass

December 30, 2013

Raise your glass to 2014!

cranberry and champagne

Here’s the perfect recipe for your New Year Gathering…

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts brewed cranberry harvest tea {directions on brewing a perfect pitcher can be found here}
  • 8 slices (quarter size and about 1/8 in. thick) peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks {about 3 in. long}
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/3 cup cognac or brandy
  • 8 cups Champagne or other sparkling wine {about 2 2/3 bottles, 750 ml. each}, chilled
  • 32 to 48 fresh cranberries, rinsed {optional, but I love a garnish}

Preparation

  1. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart pan, combine brewed cranberry harvest tea, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Boil over high heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour. Let cool about 30 minutes, then pour through a fine strainer into a small pitcher. Chill syrup until cold, at least 1 1/2 hours.
  2. For each serving, pour 2 tablespoons of the cranberry syrup and 1 teaspoon cognac into a Champagne flute {6 to 8oz}. Add 1/2 cup {4oz} Champagne. Garnish with 2 or 3 cranberries if desired.

I love starting new. New shoes. New purse. New calender. New year.

May this year start something new in you. Do you have an idea that you want to flourish? Are you considering a change of pace? Location? Have you waited long enough for {{fill in the blank}}? Let 2014 be the year you see it through. Make it happen. Shake something up.

But first, chill your bubbly, brew your tea, and raise your glass!

xoxo – the tea lady

recipe and photo:: courtesy of MyRecipes

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the happiest season of them all!

{{{are you singing?!}}}

December is here {how did arrive so soon} and the Holiday seas is in FULL swing! And it is that time to pull all of your Pinterest boards together and channel your inner craft. Even if you are semi to not-so crafty, there are things you can make to impress your friends.

Our friends at The Kitchn, have posted a recipe that we are going to attempt to add to our gift giving list {and you should too!}.

Herb Infused Honey

Herb Infused Honey

Ingredients

Basic formula: Use about 1-2 tablespoons of dried herbs per 1 cup (8 ounces) of honey.

Honey: A light, mild flavored honey generally works best. {Our friends at TruBee offer an amazing honey}

Herbs: Use a single herb or a combination. Rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, rose petals, and pine needles all make lovely infused honeys. You can also use spices like vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Herbs should be dry; see instructions below.

Equipment
Clean, dry jars and lids (half-pint and pint mason jars work well)
Chopstick, wooden spoon handle, or other stirrer (avoid metal, which can scratch jars)
Clean cloth for wiping jar rims
Strainer

Instructions

1. Prepare herbs: Herbs should be dry (see safety note, below) and may be in the form of whole sprigs or separated leaves, buds, and petals. Chopped herbs may infuse more quickly, but they may also be harder to strain out. (To dry fresh herbs, use an air or oven drying method, dehydrator, or microwave.)

2. Combine herbs and honey: Place herbs in the bottom of a jar and fill the jar almost to the top with honey. Using a chopstick or other implement, stir to coat the herbs with honey. Top off with more honey to fill the jar. Wipe the jar rim with a clean cloth and cover tightly.

Tip: Label the jar with the contents and date so you don’t forget!

3. Infuse: Let the herbs infuse for at least 5 days. If the herbs float to the top, turn the jar over a few times to keep them well coated. For a more intense flavor, infuse for another week or longer.

4. Strain: Strain the honey into a clean jar. Depending on the volume of honey and herbs and the size of the strainer, you may need to do this in stages. (Tip: Use the leftover herbs to make a tisane.)

5. Store: Store the honey in a tightly covered jar in a cool, dry place. It will last indefinitely.

Pair with a tin of just add honey tea and your gift giving is done.

Cheers!